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Caracole collecting donations for Carolina Cancer Services

Caracole is auctioning off this Bees Knees chair in pink fabric to raise funds for cancer research and support.Caracole is auctioning off this Bees Knees chair in pink fabric to raise funds for cancer research and support.
In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Caracole is sponsoring a raffle during the October High Point Market to raise funds for Carolina Cancer Services, a leading breast cancer support group based in Lexington, N.C.

To encourage donations, Schnadig International Corporation, parent company of Caracole, and Jeff Young, president and CEO of Schnadig, are each offering matching gifts of up to $10,000 on donations made in October through its website.

Throughout the month of October, the raffle is open to the public and donations will be accepted through the company's website at www.caracole.com. Every donor is automatically entered for a chance to win one of its best-selling Bees Knees chairs covered in a pink fabric, the symbolic color of breast cancer awareness. The winner will be selected in a random drawing. Caracole will announce the winner on its Facebook page on Fri., Nov. 1.

"We support the efforts of Carolina Cancer Services, an inspiring organization that does so much throughout the Davidson County community to provide meaningful support for breast cancer victims and their families," said Jeff Young, a Davidson County native and resident. "Until a cure for this insidious disease is found, providing much needed care and understanding to those who are in immediate need of treatment remains a high priority for us all."

Caracole's employees who have survived breast cancer diagnoses are behind the fundraising initiative.

"CCS helps a variety of cancer patients, and they specifically help women with breast cancer by giving physical, emotional and financial support as needed," said Kristine Capra, director of upholstery merchandising for Caracole and a breast cancer survivor. "Our hope is that by engaging our furniture retail customers during the High Point Market, as well as the local community, that we will be able to raise a substantial amount to further the many critical initiatives and outreach by CCS."

"Kristine and I were lucky to have insurance through our employer," said Teresa Vickers, supply chain manager for Caracole, who went through treatment for breast cancer in 2006. "CCS is there for those without jobs or other means of support. With this disease, and the often harsh side effects of treatment that comes with it, it's important for people on the journey to recovery not to feel alone."

Carolina Cancer Services offers a wide range of services to those fighting cancer in Davidson County, including medication assistance, transportation, education and home health supplies and equipment. The group also offers support groups, individual telephone support and a visitation program to support the emotional needs of clients and their families.

Specific services for breast cancer clients include: hosting a mobile mammogram truck with the Breast Clinic of Winston-Salem and the Davidson County Health Department; offering a large selection of wigs to female patients experiencing hair loss; offering free bras and prostheses for women with mastectomies; and offering free makeovers in conjunction with the American Cancer Society's Look Good Feel Better program

Caracole will promote its contest to the public through leading social media channels, including its Facebook page and @CaracoleHome Twitter channel. For trade visitors, the chair also will be on display in the company's showroom during the October High Point Market along with details about the contest. The company is building a landing page at http://www.caracole.com/ with a photo of the chair, information about Carolina Cancer Services and the PayPal payment link, where participants can submit donations.

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