By Kim Steele
Killeen Daily Herald
Shine Team Realtors is looking for donations, vendors and volunteers for its upcoming 2012 Community Market to benefit the fight against cancer.
"This is so important for the community," said Jean Shine, CEO of Shine Team Realtors. "We're raising money for cancer research, and the more awareness we can bring, the better our chances of finding a cure to this horrible disease that affects everyone."
The community market is from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 21 at the Killeen Special Events Center, 3601 S. W.S. Young Drive in Killeen.
All proceeds will be donated to the 2012 Relay For Life and The Robert S. Love Foundation, which benefits the Cancer Research Center in Killeen.
Last year, the community market raised $22,000 for cancer research. Admission is $1 to shop at the community market.
The event, now in its seventh year, was formerly called the Shine Team Garage Sale and Arts and Crafts Fair. Shine said she changed the name because the community market encompasses much more now; some items, such as clean but stained linens, are donated to local animal shelters and donated Beanie Babies are sent to troops in Afghanistan.
Darlyne Gehring, coordinator of volunteers and donations, said booth spaces can be purchased starting at $40, depending on size. Gehring said 105 booths are available this year, and will include items such as clothing, food, furniture, toys, crafts and more.
"This kind of event is neat because it raises money for an important cause," said Gehring. "If we can find a way to support research, there's a good chance we can find a cure so our children and grandchildren don't have to face cancer in the future."
The community market also includes live and eBay auctions of various items, including 20-inch Spider 3-D wheels with a retail value of $3,500 donated by Shawn Harris of The Wheel Factory in Killeen. Other items include merchandise from Silver Eagle Coins and Collectibles of Harker Heights and home decor from Charlotte's of Salado.
Donated items, excluding mattresses, large appliances and junk, are sought, said Shine, and can be taken to the Shine Team truck at the corner of Farm-to-Market 2410 and Wampum Drive in Harker Heights. All donations will be sold at the event and the proceeds will be donated to cancer research or given to another good cause, said Shine.
Contact Kim Steele at firstname.lastname@example.org or (254) 501-7567.
To reserve a booth, donate items, volunteer or for more information, email email@example.com or call (254) 690-4321.