The Marketplace@Alpena is hosting its fifth annual Blue Hydrangea Tea Party from May 5 through May 13 with a goal of bringing awareness to ovarian cancer.
The week-long event is part of a national campaign held each year on the Saturday before Mothers' Day, and involves women across the country gathering in small groups to have tea and learn about the disease.
Ovarian cancer is the deadliest of gynecological cancers and is difficult to diagnose early. All women are at risk for this cancer. As with any type of cancer, early detection is the key to a good prognosis.
The Marketplace@Alpena is excited to once again have the opportunity to give back to the local community by participating in the Blue Hydrangea Tea Party and contributing to the Alpena Cancer Center. In celebration of the party guest speakers will be present throughout the week.
On May 7-8, the Friends Together cancer support organization will be at the store from 11 a.m-1 p.m. to answer any questions about the resources available in the Alpena area for family and friends of people living with cancer.
On May 9, Amanda Stewart Floral Designs will present blue hydrangea tea cups created just for the tea party, with proceeds going to Alpena Cancer Center.
On May 10-11 from 1-3 p.m., Alpena Cancer Center will be at the store to present information and answer questions about the facility and services.
Customers are invited to enjoy a complimentary cup of tea, and take a chance at winning daily prizes and giveaways. All week shoppers making purchases will earn tickets for a grand prize $100 shopping spree to be drawn May 12 at noon. They must be present to win.
New this year, the public can commemorate a loved one's cancer journey with a hydrangea that will be placed in the store's front windows to create the first "Hydrangea Window of Hope."
This event brings more awareness to ovarian cancer and provides information to the women of the community about the difficulty in diagnosing this type of cancer. After the celebration the store will donate a portion of all sales that week to the Alpena Cancer Center.
To date, Marketplace @ Alpena has donated over $6,500 back to the cancer center through this event.