October fundraisers emphasize the 'fun'

Walkers gather near the City Complex during last year’s Walk a Mile in Their Shoes, an event that raises money for the Kingman Cancer Care Unit.

Courtesy<br> Walkers gather near the City Complex during last year’s Walk a Mile in Their Shoes, an event that raises money for the Kingman Cancer Care Unit.

Two fundraisers, Walk a Mile in Their Shoes and the Fourth Annual Charity Monster Ball and Silent Auction, highlight October, and if you want to participate, the time to start getting ready is now.

Walk a Mile in Their Shoes, which is hosted by Councilwomen Erin Cochran and Janet Watson, takes place Oct. 6. The Monster Ball, organized by Cochran and her husband, Todd, takes place Oct. 26.

Money raised by the Walk goes directly to the Kingman Cancer Care Unit, which helps cancer patients in Kingman and is run by volunteers. Last year marked the event's inception.

"Our first year was a huge success. We were able to raise over $3,000 for cancer patients in Kingman," Cochran said. "We are aiming for $5,000 this year."

Register for the event between 5:30 and 7 p.m. Oct. 3 at Dora's Beale St. Deli, 509 Beale St. Organizers are also in need of sponsors.

To get your business' name on the back of the event T-shirts costs $50. That same amount can get you a booth at the brunch. A $100 donation gets your business' logo on the back of the shirts.

On the day of the Walk, everything starts at 10 a.m. at the Bonelli House, 430 E. Spring St.

Several members of the Mohave County Downwinders, numerous cancer survivors and fighters as well as the family and friends of lost loved ones will speak about their experiences.

"I don't know anyone who hasn't had their life affected by cancer, either through a loved one, a friend or themselves," Cochran said. "Last year, we got to meet some wonderful people who were walking for those they loved."

After the testimonials, which are sure to produce some tears, participants will set out on a one-mile walk through downtown Kingman.

Those walking get maps of downtown that detail all the historic buildings encountered on the route, allowing people to exercise, raise money and get a history lesson all at the same time.

Then it's on to Dora's, where informational booths focused on wellness, cancer and the Kingman Cancer Care Unit will be available along with a brunch buffet.

Just a few weeks after the Walk comes the Monster Ball.

"Every year we choose a different charity," Cochran said. "Last year, the proceeds were split between Knights of the Patriot and the city of Kingman Youth Advisory Commission.

"This year, the Kingman Area Food Bank is in need of the community's help."

Though the Monster Ball is a fundraiser, make no mistake about it - it's also one big party.

The Kenny Fenderstrat Power Trio, a rockin' band, is set to perform. Riveting Photography plans to provide portraits of partygoers. A tarot card reader will be there to tell you what your future may have in store for you. Food, booze and soda pop, too, will all be readily available during the event. And a silent auction will allow you to bid on everything from tires to vacation trips, Cochran said.

There are two catches to all of this, though. You must dress up, and you must be 21 or over.

The party starts at 7 p.m. Oct. 26 at the Kingman Elks Lodge, 900 Gates Ave. It costs $25 to get in, but those who bring in a bag of non-perishable foods can get in for $20.

"I would love to see a huge pile of food and a bunch of money to help those in our community that are in need," Cochran said.

For more information about the Kingman Cancer Care Unit or Walk a Mile in Their Shoes, contact Janet Watson at (928) 753-3499 or Cochran at (928) 279-8367.

To learn more about the Monster Ball, call Cochran.