MANISTIQUE, Mich. (WLUC) – On a Thursday night, shopping had a different meaning in Downtown Manistique.
At least five stores, including The Mustard Seed, Bostique and Ben Franklin, partnered with the UP Lions Childhood Cancer Program and its chairman Chris Smith for the city’s first-ever Private Shopping Night.
“The Childhood Cancer Program provides money for travel, as most children go to Wisconsin or downstate Michigan for treatment,” explained Smith.
From 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM, customers who bought $ 10 tickets were given coupons to participating stores and the opportunity to participate in a silent auction. Half of the ticket and auction proceeds will go to the UP Lions Childhood Cancer Program and the other half will go to the Manistique and Engadine-Naubinway Lions Clubs.
The Mustard Seed owner Bristol Snider says this was an effort she had to help Smith with.
“We just got into a conversation about that and I said, ‘I’d like to help in some way,’” said Snider. “I had a department store in the Cincinnati area and we did many Private Shopping Nights. So I thought this would be a good fit for the Lions Club. “
And for Snider, this event is personal.
“I have a very good friend from college, and her niece has been through this,” she said. “It’s just very personal to look at it.”
Smith says there is no choice but to help young children and their families.
“Children are the most honest people in the world,” she said. “They work the hardest, and they are our future. So why wouldn’t we want to make a difference to them? “
Smith would like to thank all participating companies and their customers for supporting the cause. She hopes there will be Private Shopping Nights in the future to help families dealing with childhood cancer.
If anyone is aware of a child or family battling childhood cancer in the Upper Peninsula, please contact Chris Smith by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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