By Gerri Pagach, Executive Assistant
After my dad was diagnosed with cancer, I spent a lot of time thinking about how I could help. I started volunteering for Little Red Door in 2008. Four years later I was hired as a full-time employee. I shared my story and my newfound passion with my friends, family and neighbors in my small town of Speedway. In time, Little Red Door’s mission became my own.
A few years ago some friends came to me with an idea that would allow us to get to know more of our neighbors and at the same time raise funds for charity. They chose Little Red Door because so many people in our community have been touched by cancer.
Every year we host one main event, the Neighborhood Crawl. The event format is reminiscent of progressive dinners some of our parents had when we were kids. We have three or four host houses; each host house supplies food and beverages and participants make a minimum $10 donation. Neighbors spend about an hour at each host house before moving on to the next house.
Every dollar raised is presented to Little Red Door. In our inaugural year we raised $580 and last year’s Crawl raised $2,140. This year’s event has raised $1,925 so far.
This year our Crawl has been enhanced by a month-long partnership with one of Speedway’s favorite eateries, Dawson’s on Main. Dawson’s is offering a signature drink, the Lil’ Red Shirley, with proceeds going back to Little Red Door for the month of November. On Saturday, Nov. 29, we are also having a “dining for dollars” event at Dawson’s. Speedway Neighbors will host a Silent Auction, and 15 percent of every purchase will go to LRD.