Wake Up Lace Up to share the green on Friday

Wake Up Lace Up will have a Sharing of the Green event on Friday, St. Patrick’s Day, in Miles City.

Proceeds from the fundraiser will be used by the nonprofit charitable foundation to help eastern Montana residents with medical and living expenses that may result from cancer or other major illnesses.

The annual event begins at 5:30 p.m. in the Park Place at 20 N. 8th St.

A hamburger meal, cooked by the Redneck Grill, will be served until all the attendees are fed, according to Cindy Reid, president of the Wake Up Lace Up Board. On the menu are hamburgers, beans and coleslaw. There also will be a table where attendees may purchase dessert after their meal.

“We’ll have a kids table with stuffed animals, glow sticks and treat bags,” said Cindy. “This way they can feel like they are part of the event.”

A silent auction starts at 5:30 p.m. and continues until 7:30 p.m. The live auction starts at 6:30 p.m. A wide variety of items will go up for bidding including the cutting and auctioning of four people’s hair and some items from the dessert table. 

“The hair auction is part of the live auction,” said Cindy. “We alternate live auction items and hair donors. A couple of dessert items also will be auctioned off.”

Roxanne Harding, a Wake Up Lace Up Board member, said that the four people whose hair will be cut throughout the live auction are Pam Bovee, Jamilea Kittelmann, Nicole LaRowe and Pam Hurr. All of the hair will be donated to Wigs for Kids.

“We donate to that organization because they don’t charge the recipients for the wigs,” said Cindy. “They are given to children free of charge.”

A 2017 Buick Lucerne, donated by Bill and Ronda Griffin of Ismay, also will go on the auction block.

There will be several other fundraisers during the evening, including one for a sapphire necklace, Harding said. “You can go to our Facebook site to see all the auction items.”

“We try to get done around 9 or 9:30 (p.m.),” added Cindy. “We try to keep the activities moving and keep them fun.” 

Wake Up Lace Up was founded in November 2011 by Cindy and her close friend, Rosa Neese, both cancer survivors. Rosa was diagnosed with Stage 4 ovarian cancer in 2008. Cindy received her diagnosis of acute myelogenous leukemia on in 2010.

“Rosa and I both had cancer and we made it through,” said Cindy. “We were looking to do something to help with travel costs and unexpected expenses to help those with cancer and other major medical conditions.”

Having experienced not only the medical costs incurred during their bouts with cancer, but also the lodging, travel and other expenses as well as lost wages due to missing work, the two decided they wanted to make a difference in others’ lives by providing funds to help them through difficult times.

“We had a short year in 2011 because we started fundraising in November,” Cindy said. “From 2011 through 2016, Wake Up Lace Up has helped 162 individuals and we’ve given out $112,000.”

After the first two years, the Wake Up Lace Up event was moved from November, which was close to the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays and also basketball season, to the third Friday of March, a time that is usually not quite so busy.

Rosa died Feb. 28, 2015, at the age of 56, but Cindy and a board of directors carry on the good work of the Wake Up Lace Up Foundation. In addition to Cindy and Roxanne, the other board members are Dan Killoy, vice president; Janet Bastian, secretary; Mary Margaret Friend, Shannon Holmen, Nancey Patch, Lorretta Rebsom, Kelly Reid and Robin Tooke. 

Counties served by Wake Up Lace Up are Custer, Carter, Dawson, Fallon, Garfield, McCone, Powder River, Prairie, Richland, Rosebud and Wibaux. According to a pamphlet about Wake Up Lace Up, its advantage is that it is supported by people in our region for people of our region.

Those who cannot attend, but who still want to donate to Wake Up Lace Up, may go to wakeuplaceup.org, visit www.wakeuplaceup.com or check the Facebook site. For more information contact Cindy at 406-853-3532 or Roxanne at 406-951-4735.

“They also may buy items on Amazon by going to smile.amazon.com and listing Wake Up Lace Up as the charitable organization to receive a donation,” said Roxanne. “A percentage of the purchase price then goes to Wake Up Lace Up.”

“All of the money raised by the foundation stays east of the Big Horn River. Terry, Glendive and Colstrip have also had fundraisers for Wake Up Lace Up. Glendive and Terry have been very active in raising funds,” said Cindy. “In the future, we’d like to get more satellite fundraisers for Wake Up and Lace Up going on.”