TOWNSEND — If you went into Memorial Hall on a recent Tuesday, people working there may have looked a little too casual for public service work, but it was all for a good cause.
Memorial Hall staffers took part in Lee’s National Denim Day, which is the largest single-day fund-raiser for breast cancer.
All employees made a $5 donation to the cause for the privilege of wearing jeans to work. The donations go to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.
Land-Use Coordinator Kathy Araujo spearheaded the fund-raiser and incorporated it with a pot-luck lunch for employees.
“All the money goes to research, education and grants. National Denim Day has been in existence since 1996 and I found out about it in 1997, after losing my own mother to breast cancer,” Araujo said.
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month in the United States and Lee Jeans, along with the Entertainment Industry Foundation, has been active in raising funds and awareness.
“Money goes toward free mammograms for women that do not have insurance to cover the costs. It also helps out with early detection and prevention services,” Araujo said. “Some of the money goes to helping women get the yearly mammograms, even if they cannot afford it.”
Araujo said her mother had other medical issues, but breast cancer is what killed her.
“She went more than five years without getting a mammogram, but she was one of the lucky ones.” Araujo said. “She lived for 14 years after she was diagnosed.”
Memorial Hall employees each brought in a special dish for their luncheon, knowing they were helping others at the same time as helping themselves to a good meal.
“It’s important to raise the money, but we all love to eat here, so we made it fun, too,” Araujo said.