Local 685 Women’s Committee Helping in the Fight Against Breast Cancer
The Local 685 Women’s Committee, a UAW organization for the Chrysler plant facilities in Kokomo, has actively been supporting breast cancer research in many ways. The committee has been around for a long time, and has recently been planning events and raising money to help in the effort to find a cure for the disease.
In the past the group has raised more money in the fight against breast cancer than any other UAW in the nation. One of the group’s big events to raise support and awareness is their annual walk. Since the coronavirus outbreak, the committee has been forced to rethink their usual events, come up with meaningful programs and work with social distancing guidelines.
“Due to the pandemic, we have had to unfortunately cancel the annual walk,” says Tammy Mohr, a Chrysler employee for 26 years and an active member in the committee. “Instead, we will be doing various fundraisers from now until the end of November.”
This year the Women’s Committee has decided to allocate fundraising profits toward construction of a new cancer center in Kokomo.
“We will be selling our usual breast cancer T-shirts, and also $20 gift certificates to Marie’s Car Wash.” Mohr says.
With each purchase of a gift certificate, $10 will be donated to the fight against breast cancer.
“We have also planned to have special nights at several different restaurants in Kokomo, where part of the profits would be donated to the cause,” Mohr says.
One of the bigger events planned is a concert night in Foster Park on October 17.
“There will be different ways people can donate, such as buying this year’s specially designed tie-dye breast cancer T-shirts and ordering from local food trucks,” Mohr says.
There will also be a beer garden hosted by a local bar. It will be a family-friendly event and social distancing is recommended. On the weekend of October 23 there will be a silent auction throughout the Chrysler plant facilities, and the auction will be posted on Facebook so anyone will be able to participate.