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Shoppin’ for a cause

With Mother’s Day right around the corner, Hallmark stores will be bursting at the seams with customers purchasing cards, flowers and gifts. But the McBride Hallmark stores are offering something different.

To help raise money for breast cancer, McBride’s Hallmark is featuring its annual “Shop for a Cure” benefit from 4-8 p.m. on Thursday, April 26 at all six locations. The stores are offering a 20 percent discount on all items in the store. Customers can choose to donate the savings to the Susan G. Komen Foundation (SGK) to help raise funds for breast cancer research.

“We have been a sponsor with Susan G. Komen Foundation for several years now,” said McBride’s Hallmark owner Stacy Ryan. “It’s a really fun event for customers and a really good opportunity to raise money for Susan G. Komen.”

Along with the 20 percent off sale during the evening, McBride’s also will feature a silent auction, fashion show, door prizes and refreshments. Money raised from the silent auction will go toward SGK. Ryan said the silent auctions will vary at each store location.

For a $10 donation, customers can receive a stationary caddy, Ryan added.

“We donate that $10 directly to Susan G. Komen,” she said.

McBride’s is one of the many headquarters where people can sign up to participate in the SGK “Race for a Cure.” There are three local McBride’s Hallmark locations, 2890 Bucklin Hill Road in Silverdale, 19525 Seventh Avenue in Poulsbo and 275 High School Road on Bainbridge Island. Other locations are in University Place, Oak Harbor and Anacortes.

“You can’t help but to feel good about it,” Ryan added. “It touches everyone.”

McBride’s has raised more than $100,000 during the past few years for SGK. Ryan said the support of the staff has made this event possible and they have worked hard to promote the good cause.

“It’s a wonderful organization and I’m proud to be a part of it,” Ryan said.

For more information on “Shop for a Cure,” call Ryan at (360) 613-9844.

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