EDWARDSVILLE — For the third year, Mary Ann Brooks, owner of Brooks & Co Innovative Hair Design in the Gateway Shopping Center, will donate all proceeds from one day of services to an important cause. This year’s event is slated for Sept. 14 from 1 to 4 p.m. and the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, via the Alfred ‘Fritz’ Hall Legacy Fund, is this year’s recipient.
The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, a nationwide network dedicated to advance research and support patients, raises money to ensure that optimum research efforts – on both the local and federal levels – are being put forth for pancreatic cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment. The funds raised at the Sept. 14 event will help ensure that by 2020, the five-year survival rate will double.
Hall died in March 2013 at the age of 71 after battling pancreatic cancer. He was a profound – yet humble – businessman, father, grandfather and husband. Fritz was known for his strong work ethic, business sense, practical jokes and fun-loving spirit. In addition to his passion for boating, Fritz served president of Benton Foundry for more than 37 years and was a leader in the metal casting industry.
In an effort to further raise funds, Brooks & Co is also selling raffle tickets for various items including gift baskets and gift certificates at area restaurants and retailers. Past recipients from the cut-a-thon efforts include The City of Hope and the Fallen Officers Remembered.