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'Spectacular Shopping' coming to Mt. Pleasant

| Wednesday, April 9, 2014, 3:44 p.m.

Everyone loves to shop and what better way to indulge in that passion then to do it while also generating money for a good cause.

Starting at 11 a.m. Sunday, the “Patti-O-Rockers” Relay for Life team will be hosting its annual “Spring Spectacular Shopping Event” at St. Pius X Social Hall in Mt. Pleasant, offering a great shopping opportunity while raising funds in the fight against cancer.

“Honestly, we all love to shop so bringing these vendors all into one event was a great way to get shopping done and it's all for a good cause,” Dawn Keefer, of the American Cancer Society and Patti-O-Rocker team member, said. “Our Relay For Life team, the Patti-O Rockers, has been doing Relay for about eight years now and this was an event we could all work on as a team and raise much needed funds.”

The Patti-O Rockers team is comprised of family and friends of the late Patti Oravetz and Rocky Waller, both Mt. Pleasant residents who lost their battles with cancer 13 and 14 years ago respectively. Oravetz and Waller also were employees of the Southmoreland School District. The team was formed seven years ago so that the family members of Oravetz and Waller could raise funds for local programs and services and research.

The shopping event will feature more than 25 vendors from the area that will offer a large array of products and services and there will even be “Frozen” makeovers offered for children from Roots Hair and Nail Salon for a small fee.

In addition to shopping there will also be raffles, a Chinese auction and lots of great food.

“Our first event was in the spring but the second one was around Christmas,” Keefer said. “We determined that it's better to do the event in the spring around Easter. We also have tried to offer more food as a way to raise more funds. This year we will offer cancer survivors the opportunity to sign up for the Survivor Celebration that is held at the relay event in July. We will also be accepting donations for luminaria candles that will be displayed at the July event.”

Last year, the shopping event was a popular draw, raising a nice amount of money for the group who hopes to repeat the success again this year.

“Last year, we raised over $2,100 on just this event but our team last year raised over $5,000 for the Relay For Life, Keefer said. “We are hoping to again raise over $2,000 at this event.”

Proceeds from the event will go toward the group's contribution to the American Cancer Society's “Relay for Life” that will be held July 18-19.

“This year's relay is trying something new and holding the event on Friday through Saturday,” Keefer said. “I think it's a nice change. The event is still seeking teams and participants to reach their goal. You can register a team at www.relayforlife.org/pamtpleasant.”

The shopping event will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Marilyn Forbes is a contributing writer.

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