Members of the Luther College wrestling team who have volunteered to have their time auctioned during the annual Celebration of Life event tonight, Monday, Oct. 14, for various home and garden projects are, from left: Andrew Hartmann, Jerad Lee-Gay, John Leibforth, Evan Obert, Jayden DeVilbiss, Sheldon Smith and Dusty Jentz. (Decorah Newspapers photo by Lissa Blake)
Members of the Luther College wrestling team who have volunteered to have their time auctioned during the annual Celebration of Life event tonight, Monday, Oct. 14, for various home and garden projects are, from left: Andrew Hartmann, Jerad Lee-Gay, John Leibforth, Evan Obert, Jayden DeVilbiss, Sheldon Smith and Dusty Jentz. (Decorah Newspapers photo by Lissa Blake)
"Warriors: Fighting for the Cause" is the theme for the 15th annual Celebration of Life fundraiser.

and thank you event at the Elks Lodge in Decorah 5-8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 14.

Admission to the festivities is by free-will donation. The event is sponsored by Margaret's Clothing Store in downtown Decorah, Winneshiek Medical Center and Gundersen - Decorah Clinic.

Winneshiek County Celebration of Life's mission is to promote awareness and early detection of

disease through education and financial support of preventive and screening services. As a

non-profit group with active members dedicated to the health and well being of the women in the

area, WCCOL uses funds to benefit local women.

"The annual fundraising event is a way to say thank you to the community for the support they've shown and to celebrate the lives of women in our region who have been touched by cancer," said Margaret Walter, founder of Winneshiek County Celebration of Life.

"Our event includes a night of games, fabulous food and entertainment. Area businesses have

donated delicious food and terrific door prizes and auction items."

Items will be displayed in the window of Margaret's Boutique in downtown Decorah, with a full list of donations on the website WinneshiekCOL.com

"All the fun and games are free as well as the never ending food bar," Walter said. "All we ask is that you provide a free will donation to support the cause."

All the donations are tax deductible and the money stays in the Northeast Iowa area because the free mammograms and gasoline grants are only provided to local women.

According to Walter, over the past 15 years the Celebration of Life has helped more than 750 women receive support, mammograms and money to help fight the disease. Since the start of Fuel for the Fight in August 2013, Celebration of Life has given 10 $100 gasoline grants to women currently in treatment for cancer.

"To put feelings into positive action is a powerful statement of hope. This committee is filled with positive feelings and action and our dream to help each one of our neighbors, friends and family members in the battle against cancer," Walter said.

All proceeds from the Celebration of Life Warriors Fighting for the Cause event will go toward

promoting breast cancer awareness and early detection of disease through education and financial support of preventive and screening services, as well as funding Fuel for the Fight.

The Winneshiek County Celebration of Life volunteer board members are: Walter, Renee

Olson, Patty Casterton, Donna Gilbert, Rosie Kuhn, Sue Meyer and Ashley Farley.

Free mammogram screenings will be offered in November at both Winneshiek Medical Center

and Gundersen - Decorah Clinic. The application is a one-page form that is based on insurance deductibles, income, number of persons in the household and eligibility for Medicare or Medicaid.

The deadline for the free mammogram screening application is Friday, Oct. 18. Fuel for the Fight applications are accepted year round.

Both forms are located online at WinneshiekCOL.com or www.winmedical.org or gundersenhealth.org/locations/decorah. Printed applications are also available at Margaret's Clothing Store, Winneshiek Medical Center, Gundersen - Decorah Clinic.

For more information, visit winneshiekcol.com or call Margaret at Margaret's clothing in

Decorah 563-382-8208.