A couple of weeks ago, the Monticello Express issued a challenge to local businesses. We asked everyone to wear pink on Oct. 30. Someone from the Express would then come and take your photo for the paper and in return, we asked for suggested donations to go towards the American Cancer Society.
Without knowing how many responses we would get, the hope was at least 10 to a dozen. Everyone was pleasantly surprised when the grand total came in at 20 participating businesses! Thanks to their generous donations, Monticello raised over $1,000 for the American Cancer Society! That deserves a round of applause!
There were a wide variety of businesses that either called in or e-mailed us to set up a time for a photo on Oct. 30. We had schools, the chamber, banks, auto shops, the nursing home, dance studios, retail and more. This great response shows how people, business owners and employees in Monticello care for worthy causes.
There was nothing for these businesses to gain by participating in the challenge but the thought of getting their photo in the Express, dressed all in pink. They did this to donate to a cause that helps out so many people locally who have been affected by cancer. Whether it is a fellow co-worker, employee, friend or family member, cancer touches all lives in some fashion.
Each year, the Jones County Relay For Life, a major fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, takes place in June. This county comes together to raise thousands of dollars for the cause. Thanks to all of those Monticello businesses that participated in the “Wear Pink Day,” the money raised will also be donated to the Cancer Society, but donated under the Jones County Relay For Life name. The money will go towards the fundraising efforts in June.
While “Wear Pink Day” was a way to honor Breast Cancer Awareness Month, there are so many different forms of cancer. You can donate anytime to the Cancer Society in honor of or in remembrance of someone in your life who was touched by cancer, by visiting
Again, a HUGE THANK YOU to all those who donated on “Wear Pink Day!” You made a difference! (K.N.B.)