March 2, 2015 12:00 PM
“Our goal is not only to raise money but to have people come in and have fun with the event while knowing that their money is going to a really great cause.”
Fundraising will be combined with merriment at the Manicure for a Cure event on Sunday (March 8) during the Green Wave Community Market at Tulane Hillel. The Manicure for a Cure fundraiser for breast-cancer awareness is a chance for people to check out the local vendors and get a manicure to support a worthy cause.
Tulane University student Arielle Barrow, a member of the Jewish Leaders Program of Tulane Hillel, is making Manicure for a Cure her project.
“Some people in the program go and volunteer at a shelter or organize a food drive,” said Barrow, a sophomore from Scottsdale, Arizona. “Breast cancer is a cause that is extremely important to me because I have seen the way breast cancer has affected my family and friends, and I want an end to this terrible disease.”
At the event from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., community members can get their nails done for a $10 donation. The money will go to Tulane Lives Beyond Breast Cancer, an organization that seeks to empower those affected by breast cancer to live as long as possible, and with a high quality of life.
“Both of my grandmothers had breast cancer and one of my grandmothers passed away from it,” Barrow said. “My stepsister was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 28 and after a long struggle with cancer, the cancer won. She passed away a year ago February at the age of 30.”
In 2014, the event raised about $500 in its inaugural year. This year, with more manicurists at the event, and appointments that can be booked ahead of time, the group hopes to raise even more.
Collaborating with the Aveda Institute, there will be six to eight manicurists at the event. Sign up on the Tulane Hillel web page to make an advance appointment to get nails polished at the event.
Claire Davenport is a first-year student at Tulane University majoring in English and political science.