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January 20, 2013

Local business owner finalist in contest

GREENVILLE — Janeen Cunningham, civic leader and owner of Greenville’s Calico Cat store, is one of the 10 finalists for The Next Big Give contest.

She was selected by a panel of industry experts and Dallas Market Center representatives.

This national competition recognizes and honors retailers who give back to their communities, and as the announcement stated, Cunningham is in some heady company.

Other finalists are located in Florida, Arkansas, New York state, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Michigan, California and Dallas.

Two winners will be announced on Feb. 14 at the March 21-24 Market in Dallas during The Inspired Event. Winners will share their stories of giving back in hopes of inspiring others to do the same.

Cunningham was nominated by The Calico Cat staff as a surprise for her.

According to the Dallas Market Center news release: “Calico Cat’s owner, Janeen Cunning-ham, has led countless charity efforts through her gift and apparel store the past 40 years. Bras for the Cause (BFTC) is the most remarkable of its recent projects, inspired by the idea of decorated bras raising money for breast cancer causes. Anyone can enter a bra, and after decorating, they’re displayed along a three-block area in downtown Greenville for one October night. The public is invited to purchase a ballot to cast votes on their favorites. More than $125,000 has been raised in just four events since its inception. The proceeds of BFTC benefit a local hospital to establish a program providing wigs, mastectomy bras, prostheses, compression garments and other necessities for cancer patients unable to afford them.”

For additional information on the contets, visit www.dallasmarketcenter.com/contests/give.

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