PLAINS TOWNSHIP – One area family decided to team up Sunday to help a friend and co-worker whose family is going through some trying times.
Standing inside the Active Day of Plains, Jamie Lee watched on as 3-year-old Domia Rogo happily ran around racks full of LuLaRoe clothing. Lee held a LuLaRoe pop up shop inside her employer’s place of business as part of a fundraiser for Lee’s coworker, Vanessa Ipher.
Ipher’s father, Bud Goss, was diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer earlier this year, leaving the family in a state of distress.
“He doesn’t want any treatments, and he doesn’t have a will,” Lee said. “No insurance for the funeral or anything. So we’re trying to do this (to help them).”
After hearing about Lee’s fundraising efforts, her sister-in-law, Amanda Crouse, offered to step in and help. A LuLaRoe consultant, Crouse offered the idea of a pop-up shop where a portion of proceeds could be donated toward Goss.
LuLaRoe is a popular clothing brand known for it’s soft, stretchy materials and bright, colorful patterns, and Crouse’s selection didn’t disappoint. Customers sorted through a selection of leggings, shirts, dresses and more that ranged in size from children’s to adult.
Crouse said she initially wanted to become associated with the brand because of its commitment to community – and the fundraiser seemed to be a perfect fit.
“I personally can’t imagine having my parents diagnosed with inoperable cancer,” she said. “My logic is if you can help offset the cost, at least then they can enjoy the time they have left with him.”
Trying on a blue and red striped dress, 12-year-old Jaida Williams explained that she enjoys LuLaRoe clothing and is happy to see a company donate money into the community.
“It’s really kind and generous,” she said. “Everyone’s enjoying (the fundraiser). It’s just really nice and cool.”
From now until Aug. 26, a portion of proceeds from any LuLaRoe item purchased from Crouse will go toward the fundraiser. Should Lee’s $500 goal be reached, Crouse added that she will personally match the amount.
Crouse has a Facebook page set up specifically for the fundraiser, called Amanda Crouse Fundraiser Group where clients may purchase items and have proceeds go to the fundraiser.
An additional fundraiser featuring a spaghetti dinner and raffle will take place at 3 p.m. inside the Hunlock Creek Volunteer Fire Company Sunday evening.