Two women, who are victims of breast cancer, received a sizeable donation Monday.



Twyla McInturff and Brenda Kennedy received $1,000 each to help with expenses


Two women, who are victims of breast cancer, received a sizeable donation Monday.

Twyla McInturff and Brenda Kennedy received $1,000 each to help with expenses.

Gizmo’s Event Center in Wheaton hosted the PRCA Rodeo both Friday and Saturday of last week. On Friday, the rodeo was dedicated to breast cancer awareness, with a “Tough Enough to Wear Pink” night, organizers had asked that all those attending wear some type of pink clothing.

“Wrangler started this quite a few years ago, with trying to raise money for ‘Tough Enough to Wear Pink’ in support of breast cancer awareness,” said Janice McCracken, co-owner of Gizmo’s Event Center. “You can either donate it to the Tough Enough to Wear Pink Foundation and they donate it on to Susan G. Komen Foundation, or you can pick a local charity, or help your hospitals out. Or you can pick local people in your area that you help, and this year we picked McInturff and Kennedy.”

This was the center’s first year for the “Tough Enough to Wear Pink” event.

“Brenda Brattin and I, we set a goal that we were in hopes to at least give them $500, but we would really love to give them each a $1,000,” she said. “And we reached our second goal. They each get  $1,000. We are going to continue on to sell the product (T-shirts and pink bracelets), so it will go directly into a ‘Tough Enough to Wear Pink’ account for next year.”

And plans are to start working for next year’s event.

“Next year, we are going to do a ‘Tough Enough to Wear Pink’ walk,” McCracken said. “We are just going to try to help our local people here in the Barry County area to help the awareness and help raise money to help with some of their bills.”

A fund has been set up at U.S. Bank in Wheaton (address it to “Tough Enough to Wear Pink”). For more information, contact Gizmo’s Event Center at 652-3434.