Gaston & Catawba

Pink chairs part of cancer fight

The first annual “Commitment to the Cause” celebration to support Caldwell County residents affected by breast cancer was held Oct. 10 in uptown Lenoir. Debra Venti, owner of She-Sha's Gift Shop and Venti's Casa Book Store in Lenoir, co-sponsored this event with Caldwell Memorial Hospital and the Center for Breast Health.

With her business partner, Terry Coleman, Venti unveiled a Pink Chair product line at the celebration, in advance of its unveiling at the High Point Furniture Market. They will donate a percentage of sales of this product line to be used locally in the fight against breast cancer.

Venti said that more than 18 percent of Caldwell County women over 40 do not have access to the easiest and most important screening for breast cancer. She asked that donations be made to Caldwell Memorial Hospital in care of the Pink Chair fund, which will help pay for mammograms in Caldwell County only. Donations can be made online at or in person at She-Sha's gift store at 910 West Ave. in Lenoir.

Breast cancer survivors, patients, family members, supporters and caregivers marched down Main Street to the square as a part of the event. David Horn played the drums and Joe Delk played the trumpet to accompany the marchers.

Then health care professionals and Caldwell County citizens whose lives have been affected by breast cancer spoke, and Caldwell County models featured in the 2009 Through Healing Eyes calendar also attended. These calendars have been published yearly since 2005 to provide funds to the community for education, diagnosis, treatment and support for breast cancer patients. The models are breast cancer survivors.

10 groups get arts grants

The Grassroots Arts Program awarded more than $14,000 in grants through the Caldwell Arts Council to 10 Caldwell County programs. These funds are allocated by the state through the North Carolina Arts Council to every county.

The Caldwell County grants were awarded to:

Caldwell Community College, storytelling project.

Caldwell Men's Chorus, community concerts.

Chapel of Rest, community concerts.

Foothills Performing Arts, theater production.

James C. Harper School, weaving project.

Lenoir Parks and Recreation, film and concert series.

LINK Learning Investment Network for Kids, art classes/workshops.

Martin Luther King Center, Harambee Festival.

Strictly Clean and Decent, Caldwell musicians project.

Western Piedmont Symphony, Caldwell County concert.