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Recipe for Hope to Raise Funds for Hair Peace Charities

Dec 30, 2014 12:08PM ● Published by Clare Heekin Lynch

Dave Crawley, Lori Geiger and Bonny Diver at Recipe for Hope.

Gallery: Hair Peace Charities [4 Images] Click any image to expand.

On Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, Mayor Bill Peduto will officially proclaim the day as “Hair Peace Day” throughout the city of Pittsburgh. And it’s all because of the hard work, dedication and big heart of local celebrity Bonny Diver.

Diver is best known for being the voice of KDKA Radio traffic, but she’s also a breast cancer survivor who loves being the voice of cancer support for area women through her foundation, Hair Peace Charities. “Our group raises money to help women and girls buy wigs while undergoing chemotherapy treatment for any type of cancer because most insurance companies do not cover this cost,” shared Diver. The charity also fights cancer with ‘Hair Prayer Care,’ that includes educational support groups, prayer quilts and cards of encouragement.

For Diver, making decisions based on “faith not fear” was the key for her finding peace with her diagnosis and subsequent fight. “Cancer can happen to anyone; it doesn’t matter who you are or what you’ve done,” she said. “It’s an amazing thing knowing your hair will come out in handfuls weeks after treatment. It knocks you down, but finding that pretty wig can help bring you back up.

“It’s important to build your army to help you fight and, while I can’t cure the disease, I know that our survivors realize our community cares about them through this work,” she added.

To help raise money for the cause, the charity will host their 10th annual Recipe for Hope from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 28, at The Mayernik Center on Camp Horne Road. Diver will be joined by 20 well-known radio, TV and newspaper personalities as they don aprons and serve guests from various food stations. “Some of these stars love to cook or bake for our event, and then others prefer to just hold the serving spoons and scoop, so we pair them up with pros from restaurants,” said Diver. In addition to the wide variety of delicious food being served, there will also be an open bar of wine, beer and specialty martinis.

The event will feature mystery wine grab bags where bagged bottles of reds and whites, valued at over $50, can be bought for less. “You never know what will be inside, and people buy them up really fast!” Diver said.

Live music will be performed by breast cancer survivor Morgan Moser and her group Maybrayz, a Motown jazz duo. “Morgan was diagnosed when she was only 29 years old,” said Diver. “She was helped by Hair Peace and just loves to give back with her talent.”

While guests rub shoulders and enjoy the food, live music and libations, they can also bid on auction items including trips to the Black Hills of South Dakota, the beaches of Naples, Florida, and Asheville, North Carolina. Tickets, available online at www.hairpeace.org, are $100 each if purchased before January 30. All of the donations stay local and the money raised goes toward the purchase of wigs at local salons that have established relationships with the foundation.  

For more information about the event, as well as for cancer help and support, call 412-327-5177.

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