The Bras on Broadway effort - that's united so many folks in the valley - has taken an ugly turn. That's after about one thousand dollars in donation money was stolen after a fundraising party in downtown Fargo this week.
By all accounts it was a beautiful night to raise money for a beautiful cause, according to organizers. Sunday night, the Avalon Events Center opened up to the public with food, drinks, thirteen different bands, all there on a volunteer basis. High-end gifts like Vikings tickets and jewelry were up at auction, all donated by dozens of businesses and people trying to make a difference for breast cancer survivors.
Now - the memory of what they say was a wonderful evening has been tarnished, with this theft.
It represents four months work of hard work, particularly on the part of event organizer Haley Hardt.
She's not complaining about getting all the donations of time, labor, and auction items together. Hardt says that turned out to be a fantastic experience, because so many people approached her to help.
But the thought that someone took all that goodwill and took advantage of it is what stings. Hardt admits it's hard not to be bitter.
"I hope they find some remorse for what they did. I hope someday they look into the face of a woman who's had breast cancer, and understands what she went through, and I hope they can sleep at night for the rest of their lives," she says.
They think they had somewhere between three and four hundred people come through the doors from about three p-m to midnight during the event. There are no security cameras and no receipts, so there's not much evidence to give police.
They say if the culprit does want to return the money -- organizers won't press charges.
If you'd like to help the group make up the money lost, or by buying a t-shirt, you can do it by contacting the group through the restaurant, "Taste of Italy."
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