Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

So Stylish in Pink for Fundraiser

Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

So Stylish in Pink for Fundraiser

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From pink sequined brassieres to pink bobby socks, staff and customers showed their support for breast cancer Friday at Food is Love restaurant.

The occasion was the sixth annual TaTa fundraiser, where community members volunteer their time to help serve and servers donate their time for the cause.

"The community of Englewood really comes through," said co-owner Leah McAllister, who sent out "save the date" notices three weeks before the event. "People mark it on their calendar."

Wait staff dressed the part and but gave up their tips for the cause.

The tips earned by the servers and a portion of the sales of meals will go to benefit Dollars for Mammograms, which provides free mammograms to women who are uninsured or cannot afford the procedure.

Customer Wayne Westerman showed his spirit by wearing a pink wig, a bra and a flowered skirt. He even spray-painted his beard pink and put on bright pink fake nails with the word "Tata" on each one.

Westerman's wife died from endometrial cancer six years ago.

"I've been supporting it like crazy ever since," he said. "Anything I can do to help."

He also recently found out a close friend received a breast cancer diagnosis.

Pam and Mike Nelson, who sat at the counter proudly wearing matching inflated pink breast cancer logos around their necks, also showed their support for breast cancer.

"Unfortunately, at our age, we've encountered a lot of death," Mike Nelson said.

Pam's aunt died from breast cancer years ago, and she faces the same fear that other women do.

"Every time I go for my mammogram. I have a fear that the shoe will drop and it will be my turn," she said.

Last year, the event raised $2,100, even though the evening rain forced them to lose 20 extra seats outside.

This year, however, the weather conditions were dry.

"We are hoping to exceed last year's goal," McAllister said. "My goal is to make at least two more dollars than last year."

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