Uncork The Hope
Uncork the Hope is an annual cancer awareness event held at The Chill, a wine bar in Benicia, California. The day is filled with food, drinks, music, raffles, games and fun. As the founder of Hey Hope and manager of The Chill, Dana has coordinated four of these events since it’s beginning in 2010. Since it's start, the event has raised over $20,000. Proceeds are donated to The Cancer Support Community in Walnut Creek , California.
Hope For Our Hero
Hope For Our Hero was a fundraiser held in February 2014. Held at Station 74 in Pinole, California, the fundraisers intent was to raise money for a firefighter who needed help paying for surgery to remove his grade three brain tumor. The event was much larger than expected with a turn out of over 500 people including several news crews. The day included a barbecue, music, raffles, auctions, massages, kids activities, apparel and wine sales. The day of the event $25,000 was raised. $14,000 has been raised in online donations.
In 2012 at John Swett High School, Dana Weeks, then teaching at the school, organized the day that created awareness among the students. Her three classes planned weeks in advance to turn the school pink. When the day arrived their preparation had worked. The halls we're decorated in pink, the teachers all were pink, the handouts were all on pink paper. And at a a surprise rally at lunch time, the football field was filled with students listening to speeches from survivors and then everyone was surprised with a flash mob. The event was recognized all over the community and was featured on the KTVU news channel.
In response to the event planned two years prior, the students at John Swett High school set out to make Purple Day an event to go down in school history. The students as well as their teacher, Dana Weeks, planned a Cancer Awareness Day for the rest of the student body. Classed prepared for weeks and when the day came, the school was covered in purple. The 75 students that planned the event showed up in purple Hope shirts as well as the faculty and staff. At lunch there was a surprise rally where there were speeches and a performance from the school's marching band.