Nonprofits spread word of organizations at fair

Published: Sep. 3, 2018 at 5:47 PM MDT
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The Twin Falls County Fair is one of the places some nonprofit organizations use to spread the word of their organizations.

This was the first year for Fostering Idaho being a vendor at the fair.

“We really wanted to get some more exposure in the community, and kind of build a bridge or bridge a gap,” said Halie Nevarez, a One Church, One Child liaison with the organization.

Nevarez said foster care and social work has a bad connotation sometimes.

“We just want people to know that we’re here and to support our community and we need their help,” she said.

She said it’s nice to have conversations with different people and answer their questions.

For their first time at the fair, they did real well with signing up people who may be interested in fostering.

“Normally when we get our referrals for people who are actually interested in foster care, they have to call 211 to sign up or go online and fill out an application,” she said. “We may get, in Region V — Magic Valley, Burley area — we may get one sign up in a week and having 20 plus sign-ups in four or five days for us is huge for us.”

Nevarez said she thinks they will come back next year.

“We’re real excited and it’s been a successful event for us,” she said.

In another merchant building on the Twin Falls County Fairground, Tough Enough to Wear Pink were showing off their decked-out, pink tent.

“A lot of people come in and see the pink. Not a lot of people know what Tough Enough to Wear Pink is. They just think it’s wear a pink shirt and you’re tough, but no. It’s for breast cancer awareness,” said Lyn Orsland, the vice president of the organization.

The organization raises money and helps out the community who have breast cancer, such as helping to pay for mammograms, diagnostics, cards or anything to help a woman that needs treatment.

Their biggest event is in May, raising about $60,000 to help out the community.

On Thursday, the fair held a Tough Enough to Wear Pink night at the rodeo.

“To honor our survivors and make a big night for them,” she said.

This year may have been their biggest year as they were raffling off a few things, a donated guitar and a camper.

“We recently got donated an old guitar that Old Dominion has actually signed and they’ve already made plans for Johnny Cash’s son to sign it,” she said.

The raffle for the guitar won’t end until October for their Mom’s Prom Night event.

For more information, visit the Tough Enough to Wear Pink Facebook page.

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