More than 20 restaurants & specialty shops in San Marco Square will be adorning their windows & doors with pink balloons, signifying their participation in Hope Squared, a two-day event October 19 & 20. A percentage of sales made during the two days will be donated directly to The Donna Foundation. “This is a great opportunity for San Marco to unite & help give back directly to the community,” said George Foote, president of the San Marco Merchants Association. “We encourage people to come out to shop & dine on these two days to help make this an even bigger & more successful event.”
The Donna Foundation was launched in 2003 by local news anchor & three-time breast cancer survivor, Donna Deegan. The Foundation raises money exclusively for Jacksonville women living with breast cancer who may not have the monetary means for the financial burden cancer entails. Fundraising is done through community support and key events such as the 26.2 with Donna Marathon & An Evening on the Pink Carpet Fashion Show and community support . San Marco Square merchants Rosie True & Therapie have both participated in the Fashion Show for the past three years.
San Marco Square is a historic district composed mainly of locally owned boutiques, shops & restaurants, giving patrons a diverse shopping & dining experience. San Marco Square first initiated Hope Squared as an event during National Breast Cancer Awareness month in October 2010. The event was deemed successful, allowing 23 local restaurants & shops to donate money to The Donna Foundation.
The merchants of San Marco are optimistic that this year’s Hope Squared event will be an even greater success, allowing them to raise more money, accumulate more participation & create more awareness to the perilous issue at hand; breast cancer.