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Renasant Bank, law enforcement raise money for breast cancer research

On Friday, in partnership with local law enforcement, Renasant Bank in Valley hosted its fifth annual Pinktober fundraiser for breast cancer research and awareness.

“Renasant Bank partners with Breast Cancer Research Foundation of Alabama every year, and we raise money for them,” said bank manager Nancy Warren-Holland. “It’s strictly for research for women and men in Alabama that have breast cancer.”

Warren-Holland said that last year, the event raised almost $6,000. She said the year before that, it raised almost $8,000. She was hoping Friday’s event would raise $5000 to $6000.

“We challenged people to come get locked up and raise $100,” she said. “So, we’re thinking if 50 people do that, we’ll get $5,000. And then, we also have the raffle that we’re doing today, too.”

The item being raffled was a cooler with various prizes in it.

Warren-Holland said the pretend prisoners raised money by having their bonds paid.

At a table in front of the pretend jail sat Chambers County Sheriff Sid Lockhart dressed up as “Judge Jugs.”

“Sid is always real instrumental in helping us raise money,” Warren-Holland said. “He’s a breast cancer survivor himself.”

Warren-Holland expressed gratitude for the community’s support.

“It’s just an awesome outpouring, and it always proves how giving Chambers County is,” she said.

Lockhart said he was having “a ball” locking up the pretend prisoners.

“It’s about time they go to jail,” he joked. “But I’m having a great time raising money for breast cancer awareness.”

Lockhart said the cause was “near and dear” to his heart because he had breast cancer about 12 years ago and because he lost his mother to cancer.

One of the prisoners was Gator Kincaid, owner of Gator Media.

“We’ve been doing this a couple of years,” he said. “The sheriff department’s really big into this. It’s important. You can see that they have the sheriff department’s car, pink. They’re heavily involved.”

Parked in front of the fundraiser was a pink 2012 Chevrolet Camaro which, according to Major T.J. Wood, was dedicated to a girl named Meagan Bonner who died several years ago from a rare form of cancer.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month has been observed every October in the U.S. since 1985. Its original purpose was to educate women about breast cancer and early detection tests. It is now observed to raise awareness of breast cancer and raise money for research on the disease, as well as other related causes.