SCHERERVILLE | The Northwest Indiana Cancer Kids Foundation hosted a masquerade ball recently in an effort to unmask childhood cancer.
Raising funds for local families affected by childhood cancer, the NICK Foundation filled the evening with silent auctions and raffles for the 130 guests, mas well as local entertainment by professional swing dancers whose services were donated by Arthur Murray Dance Studio from Merrillville, and a local band performing the Rascal Flatts hit “I Won’t Let Go.”
“We chose the theme of a masquerade ball because we wanted to unmask childhood cancer,” said Kate Perchon, foundation president. “We wanted to raise awareness and unmask this as a cause because we believe there is not enough attention in the country and in the community placed on this illness.
“This can happen to anyone and it is our goal to help the families here in Northwest Indiana who struggle with the grief, cost and time management issues that come with childhood cancer.”
State Rep. Hal Slager, R-Schererville, made the event more special by presenting Donna Criner, the foundation's executive director, with a plaque that proclaimed September as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month by Indiana Gov. Mike Pence.
“This is so exciting for my mom, she has worked so hard on this,” said Perschon, Criner’s daughter.
The foundation also used the occasion to announce its new board executives. Criner will serve as executive director, Perschon will serve as president, Linda Whitman will serve as secretary/treasurer, and the Board of Directors includes Christine Cid, Rob Guetzloff, Melissa Huffman, Kristi Irak, Laura Juran, Al Konieczka and Sherry Pawlus.