The annual Crop for the Cure took place Saturday and the success of the event was apparent on the faces of all those in attendance.
"It is a time when we can take a break from our other responsibilities and relax," Kim Morrison, Staunton, said. "This way we can spend the day doing something we love and support a great cause."
The money raised and donated is given to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure in the Wabash Valley. Seventy-five percent of the money raised stays in the Wabash Valley to continue supporting programs that support breast health. The other 25 percent is used to continue breast cancer research.
"We get the best of both worlds, we support this wonderful organization," Pat Wilkinson, Center Point, said. "And we get to spend the whole day doing something we love."
"It gets bigger and better every year," Carla Prather, Brazil, added. "We look forward to this event every year. We're like kids in a candy store."
Every age group was represented from the young to the young at heart. Patrons enjoyed sharing ideas and their tools of the trade as well as the yard sale table where there were many deals to be had.
"This really was a great way for someone that is just starting to begin," Merry Miller, Brazil, said. "I'm still learning but I have bought some pages to start some more books."
"It grows," Kelly Doyle, Bloomington, said. "You start with one and you buy more items for a different book and you just keep going."
This year, there was one individual in the group, where the event held a special meeting.
"I've been coming here since the beginning," Pat Krider said. "But this was my first year as a cancer survivor."
Krider a Clay County resident, loves to scrapbook, she has passed that love on to her grandchildren. The Crop for the Cure event has always held a special place in her heart, but this year was different.
"I was always concerned before because I know people that have had breast cancer," she said. "But now I really understand and it means more to me because I'm a survivor."
Though the event for this year is over, the planning for next year is well underway.
"We hope to grow every year," event chair Kae Smith said. "It was a great day which wouldn't have been possible without the volunteers and everyone that came."
The day was made possible through donation from businesses such as Pepsi, Atlas Van Lines, Cayhill's, Glory Days Restaurant and Pub in Clay City, Community Alliance and Services for Young Children (CASY), Sam's Club and Scrapyourtrip.com, and Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology for the use of their facilities.
"It was a great success," Smith said. "We have an amazing group of women."