An evening of fun is planned to support women’s health in Franklin County.
Elaine Kozlowsky is at it again, now in the process of handcrafting about 70 posters inviting one and all to attend this year’s Calendar Girls Cabaret to benefit Franklin Needs in its mission to promote breast cancer awareness, education and early detection.
Franklin Needs pays for mammograms and follow-up tests, if necessary, for Franklin County residents who have no health insurance. Two years ago, the organization raised money to enable mammograms to be performed at Weems Memorial Hospital in Apalachicola by selling calendars featuring local ladies au natural and staging a cabaret to celebrate them.
This year another 2,500 calendars have been printed. Kozlowsky, a co-founder of Franklin Needs, said the calendars are now on sale from more than 75 vendors in Tallahassee, Panama City and throughout Franklin County and online at
She said the online store has sold calendars to fans across the state.
The cabaret posters are the same design as two years ago, handmade and featuring a cancan girl with billowing skirts.
”We try to save money all the time,” said Kozlowsky, a former schoolteacher. “We do as much as we can so more money goes to our cause.”
She said Franklin Needs hopes to raise around $50,000 this year. “We’d like to do more, but we know the economy is bad,” said Kozlowsky. “We are really thankful for whatever we get.”
This year’s cabaret is being organized by Liz Sisung and takes place Saturday night, Oct. 27 at the Fort Coombs Armory from 8 to 11 p.m. Tickets are $10. Light snacks will be provided and wine, beer and soft drinks available for a donation. Local singers and dancers will entertain, and a dance floor will be open to trip the light fantastic.
Luminaries will be provided by Centennial Bank and can be obtained for $5 from any branch. “This year, we are hoping to light all of Apalach,” said Kozlowsky.
During the cabaret, there will be an ongoing raffle of items donated by supporters of Franklin Needs. Best of all, the Calendar Girls will be available to sign calendars that evening.
“We are overwhelmed and thankful for community support,” Kozlowsky said. “We rely on Franklin County. Remember all the money stays here.”
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and Kozlowsky encouraged everyone to get a mammogram. When you go, you will receive educational materials provided by Franklin Needs.
For more information or to donate to Franklin Needs, call 670-1671