There are a lot of great programs which raise money for breast cancer research, treatment and prevention. But there’s one organization, called Back in the Swing, that raises money for programs designed to help breast cancer survivors start feeling like themselves again after treatment. Dozens of businesses at two major Barrington-area shopping centers are getting on board by offering a week of “Retail Therapy,” which includes great discounts and specials, women’s health seminars and a performance by the “Lawn Chair Dads”.
At Deer Park Town Center, a $5 or more donation will get you a “Retail Therapy Discount Card” that qualifies you for all of the participating store discounts and offers. But the specials are only going on through this Sunday, October 17th. To help the cause, “The Lawnchair Dads” will be parading outside the shops this Saturday, October 16th, at 1:30. You remember the lawn chair dads, right? They took part in this year’s Barrington Forth of July parade. They’re a group of dads who got together, choreographed a show where they march with their lawnchairs in goofy outfits and now perform at parades and functions throughout Chicagoland. I keep telling my husband that he should audition ;).
After The Lawnchair Dads perform, there will be two seminars hosted at Deer Park Town Center by Good Shepherd Hospital that focus on breast health and nutrition. The first 150 women to arrive will receive pink goodie bags filled with store samples, coupons and information. If you want to make a donation and participate in all of the retail therapy action, drop by the mall office, which is a couple doors down from Pier One Imports. Deer Park Town Center is in at 20530 North Rand Road in Deer Park, Illinois.
Dozens of shops at The Arboretum of South Barrington are also participating in the “Back in the Swing” retail therapy week. Drop by their management office, make a $5 or more donation and you can pick up their “Retail Therapy Card” which qualifies you for the deals being offered through this Sunday at participating Arboretum businesses. You’ll find the Arboretum at 100 W. Higgins Road in South Barrington, at the corner of Routes 59 and 72.
The Arboretum is also hosting a “Burger Bash” this Saturday, but I’m saving the juicy details on that one to write about later this week here at 365 Barrington, so stay tuned and be prepared to bring your appetite!