A Tavern Tale
This is a post about a bar. Not just any bar, but a bar owned by a woman with a clear sense of purpose, outstanding character and a giving heart. This bar has regular fundraisers for different causes. They have had successful toy drives for children staying in homeless shelters, helped people (me) raise money for blood cancer research and have raised many thousands of dollars for breast cancer treatment and research.
One year they had a highly successful fundraiser for breast cancer research, raising a little over $7000 in three hours. The owner had traditionally given the money to the Susan Komen for the Cure, though the events were not official Komen for the Cure events. After this particular event, the owner excitedly called the Komen organization. To her surprise, she was told repeatedly that they should not have had such an event without prior approval, though they would accept the money. It took 2-3 months for them to pick up the check and did not bother to send a thank you note.
Komen for the Cure has had trouble playing nice the sandbox with other women’s charities, I have learned through reading articles today about their decision to pull funding from Planned Parenthood. While Komen is a private organization and certainly can do what they want with their money, in my opinion, this is bad form. Planned Parenthood has practices that some in their organization may not agree with, but the end result is making a difference in women’s health. Isn’t that the purpose of both organizations?
When the news first came out, I was really pissed about this whole thing. Then, I went for my scheduled group run and mellowed out a bit. Now, I just have a plan. My mother is a breast cancer survivor and I have been trying to talk her into doing a Komen event. No more. We will do whatever event she wishes, (or none, it’s up to her). I will not buy merchandise with the pink ribbon, (after all, reports show only 17% of the money actually went to cancer research). I will concentrate efforts on those organizations in my community that play nice with others and make a real difference in the lives of those around me. I hope you will as well.
And the bar? Still doing fundraising for local charities. Still one my favorite places to hang out. Thanks, B.B. and all those that frequent WP for all your good work.