The Needham Merchants Association and Needham Restaurant Association, in collaboration with the Needham Business Association and the Town of Needham is sponsoring Needham Goes Pink to benefit the newly established Needham Goes Pink Fund at the Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital.
The merchants have provided thousands of pink shoe laces to Needham High School and Middle School sport teams to wear during the month of October. They have installed pink bows throughout the downtown to commemorate the event—reminding everyone of the importance of helping those in the community who face the challenges of dealing with breast cancer. Many community members are participating by making donations in exchange for pairs of pink shoe laces, pins, t-shirts and silicone bracelets to show their support.
The following merchants are also offering pink merchandise to the public:
A New Leaf: Special pink smoothie from which $1will be donated to the fund
Lola Tortola: Selling the Needham Goes Pink bracelets
Harvey’s Hardware: Donating a percentage of sales of certain pink items to the fund
Lisa’s: Selling pink shawls, with all of the proceeds going to the fund
The Center Café: Making a donation for every sale of special pink drink and food items
Perennial Designs: Selling the book “She” of which 20 percent goes to the fund
Taylor’s Stationery: Selling special pink T-shirts, pins, bracelets and shoelaces
Michelson’s Shoes: Selling special pink shoelaces, pins and bracelets
The Closet Exchange: Selling special pink T-shirts, pins and bracelets
The Grey Goose: Selling special pink pins and bracelets
Hillcrest Garden: Donating a percentage of sales of pink garden gloves, bulbs, etc.
Gari Japanese Fusion: Donating 25 percent of sales of its special Pink Saketini’s
Needham Florist: Making a donation from the sale of pink flowers
The Black Sheep: Selling the special pink bracelets and pins
The following restaurants have participated by donating pink recipes, which will be published at the end of the month: A New Leaf, Sweet Corner, The Center Café, Sweet Basil, Petit Robert Bistro, and Gari Japanese Bistro. Other merchants are showing their support as well: The UPS Store, Dedham Savings Bank and Needham Center Fine Wines.
The Needham Goes Pink Fund is an initiative designed to provide assistance to patients of the Cancer Center in need. The fund is designated specifically for patients living under hardship conditions who are being cared for at BID-Needham and who require services. The intention of this fund is to defray the out of pocket expenses related to the diagnosis, care and treatment of the patient, and to alleviate the financial stress that comes with a cancer diagnosis. Some examples of support include: diagnostic testing, transportation, meal vouchers, assistance with the cost of groceries or utilities, child care, health insurance co-payments, prosthetics or wigs, treatment-related prescriptions, etc. The Fund will be managed through the BID-Needham Case Management Department, who will provide cancer patients the opportunity to apply for financial assistance and be able to discuss their individual needs.