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The Journal Gazette

Sunday, June 03, 2018 1:00 am

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Yoga added to Vera Bradley event

The Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer Classic has some new features this year – including today's 10 a.m. Pink Yoga event at Freimann Square – but the goal will be the same as always: raising money to fight a horrible disease.

This is the 25th anniversary year of the classic, which last year raised $1.1 million, an all-time high for the event founded by Patricia Miller and Barbara Bradley Baekgaard after the death of a mutual friend, Mary Sloan, one of the first Vera Bradley sales representatives.

The first Classic, in 1994, raised $64,000 and it has since eclipsed $1 million seven times, raising more than $29 million for the Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer Research Laboratories at the Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center.

The centerpiece of the Classic remains the golf and tennis events that will take place Monday at Sycamore Hills Golf Club, Fort Wayne Country Club and Wildwood Racquet Club and will be followed by a celebration dinner and auction.

Last year's Classic drew 376 golfers and 80 tennis players. And over 500 volunteers made sure all the Classic's fundraising, athletic and social events ran smoothly, as Vera Bradley boasts it is the largest amateur women's golf and tennis charity tournament in the country.

For those wanting more information on how they can participate, as a competitor or a volunteer, or how they can donate, go to

Opportunities throughout the year include the Classic, the Turn the Town Pink festivities that lead to the ribbons seen around town, the Tickled Pink gala that features area restaurants and caterers, and more.

– Journal Gazette