This month, Tarrytown businesses are rallying around the cause of breast cancer in general, on behalf of one special person in particular.
Alicia Kelligrew, co-owner of Coffee Labs Roasters, is a breast cancer survivor. Just six months after the death of her son Finn in 2010, she was diagnosed with cancer. After chemo, she received a clean bill of health in 2011.
"She's great, healthy, working out," husband Mike Love said.
Love, doing what he so often does, has started a fundraiser for a "cause really close to him,” said barista Chris Dunn of the Halloween Parade Raffle the shop has embarked on to raise money for Scoobies for Boobies which supports the Keep a Breast Foundation.
From the Scoobies website:
Scoobies for Boobies (SFB) was created in 2008 by a group of like minded – Subaru loving women to promote awareness in the community and to raise money to fund research for a cure. Money raised 2008-2010 was donated to the American Cancer Society’s (ACS) “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.”
Starting in 2011, Scoobies for Boobies donated money raised to the Keep A Breast Foundation (KAB). KAB’s mission is to help eradicate breast cancer by exposing young people to the methods of prevention, early detection and support. Through art events, educational programs and fundraising efforts, they seek to increase breast cancer awareness among youth people so they are better equipped to make choices and develop habits that will benefit their long-term health and well-being.
There’s a very visible reminder of the cause parked often now on Main Street. Love owns the 2011 Subaru STI XWINGFTR, fully custom vinyl wrapped in Pink Digital Camo and now officially a Fundraising Charity Car.
Love describes himself as a "car head" and he's "tickled pink, pardon the pun" with all the attention this vinyl job brings to his "animal sitting on the street."
The car has its own Facebook page, facebook.com/xwingftr.sti, and you can follow raffle price progress on Coffee Labs' page here as Love goes around visiting local businesses for donations, with great success. Love said for all his causes, he never once went around to ask for donations, "so everybody is giving."
The car will stay wrapped for 18 months of fundraising or until the goal of $10,000 is met. After this it will get anther wrap job to raise money for the March of Dimes. Someday people will see the car underneath again, which is "pretty impressive" and a metallic charcoal grey, Love said.
Coffee Labs is selling raffle tickets at the shop: $5 for 5, or $10 for 12. Donations are also welcome in the very pink Scoobies for Boobies jug.
The growing list of raffle prize donations include:
- Saris Bones 3 (PINK) - Tarrytown Cycles
- 2 FREE Music Lessons - Rock Island Sound
- $50.00 Gift Card - Heritage Frame & Picture
- Full Tarot Reading - Wild Card Tarot
- $150.00 Gift Card to The Mighty Horseman Tattoo
- $25.00 Gift Card - Coffee Labs Roasters INC
- SweetGrass - $100.00 gift card
- Salon 2000 - Facial Gift Card $75.00
- Tarrytown Tapp - Gift card $25.00
- Music Hall Tickets: 2 tickets Rocky Horror/2 tickets David Oliver
- Pure Mountain, Olive oil/sea salt/ Gift card Basket
- Whimsies Incognito - Gift Card $100.00
- Eclipse Salon - $100.00 Gift Card
- Kids Art by Nitasha - Gift Certificate for one Handmade Wall art for Children and Kids
- Main Street Sweets
- A $1,000 espresso maker from Coffee Labs.
- The Flavor Vault is donating a chef service to be raffled. Value $300. Chef Michael will cook 5 meals for 2 people package it and deliver it, if it is local. Cost of food is not included.
- From Christopher Reising: 2 hours of my Latin Jazz LIVE Ambiance performance (a $500 value) for a private in house party or get together. A quintet sound while I'm playing live guitar, Flute and Vocals.
Raffle to be held during the Block Party following the Tarrytown Halloween Parade. The car will be parked near the stage area and the many raffle prizes will get doled out intermittently throughout the entertainment portion of the night. Tickets are selling fast. Love thinks they'll hit the $10,000 mark soon and go through a whole new roll of tickets "easily by the end of this weekend."
Meanwhile, look out for a whole fleet of Subarus, about 40 of them!, starting at Coffee Labs around 3:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 26 and making their way to Mid-Hudson Subaru where the pink car that could will do its fundraising thing some more.