Harvest Restaurant will be helping Rainbow Blossom Food Market's Summer Auerbach and Stellar Sweet's Star Auerbach in their efforts to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Summer and Star have an ambitious goal of raising ten thousand dollars while also training to complete an Olympic triathlon through the Leukemia Lymphoma Society's Teams In Training program. You might ask why two busy local business owners would crowd their schedules with such a demanding venture. For the Auerbach sisters, the issue is a personal one:
We are two sisters who have been deeply affected by blood cancer. In 2003, our father Rob Auerbach was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma and our lives were immediately and forever changed. Summer moved home from Boston to help save the family business, and Star gave birth to her first child Noah, not knowing whether he would grow up with a grandfather.
Our dad's prognosis was not good and he endured many arduous treatments without success. As a last resort, he had a stem cell transplant which was a new and experimental treatment. The transplant gave us hope, but we will never forget how devastatingly ill our dad was in the months and years that followed. It was a very emotional time for all of us. When it became clear that he was going to live, Dad immediately got involved with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and proclaimed that if it weren't for the research that came before him, he would not be living today.
The sisters have been fundraising since January. Next Tuesday, for every two diners, Harvest will donate either $5 from a $25 tab or $10 off a $50 tab to Summer and Star's efforts. What a great day to earn double karma points with sustainable eating and aid to some seriously important research!
After your meal, take a quick jaunt down to the Green Building at 732 East Market Street to enjoy Summer and Star's fundraising event. There will be a cash bar, 60 plus item silent auction, kissing booth, photo booth, and local band Slow Charleston will be playing. The party will run from 6 to 9 pm and entry is free to the public.