By Kathy L. Collins
During the month of October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Music Showcase in Brandon held a number of fundraising events designed to raise money to support a local breast cancer survivor. All throughout the month, Music Showcase sold pink ribbons, cookies, cupcakes and pens. They also held a Kids’ Fall Festival and a Halloween Party.
Its efforts at raising funds throughout the month netted $2,500, which was presented to Cindy Figh, a single mother with two children who lives in Lithia. Figh has undergone a double mastectomy. In addition, Figh will need to undergo additional surgery. The donation of $2,500 will help to offset deductibles, co-pays and out-of-pocket expenses.
Figh was chosen from a field of four nominees. Over 15 people, including her daughter, who takes voice lessons at Music Showcase, nominated Figh. A panel of three instructors from Music Showcase judged the nominations. The criterion was simple: Is the nominee currently undergoing treatment? Is the nominee a local resident? Is the nominee in need of financial assistance?
Figh was chosen based on her overwhelming need for assistance. Deborah Evans, Director for Community Relations at Music Showcase said, “Cindy did not even know she was nominated and was tricked into attending the costume party at which we announced the 2013 recipient. She was very surprised and is extremely grateful. She has to undergo further surgery and the deductible and co-pays total over $8,000.”
Evans added, “Music Showcase is owned and operated by someone who firmly believes in giving back to the community. We hope that next year we can do more.” This is the third year that Music Showcase has raised funds for a local breast cancer patient. “We at Music Showcase have decided to help local individuals rather than sending money to a large organization where you never know who your money helps,” added Evans.
Music Showcase is located at 402 Oakfield Dr. in Brandon. For more information on upcoming events and about the services it offers, please visit www.musicshowcaseonline.com or call 685-5998.