When I arrived at the Hendricks County Convention and Visitors Bureau less than two months ago, I quickly learned this is a work environment filled with smart, dedicated, hard-working and, most importantly, caring individuals. That last attribute came to the forefront during my first week here. Sandy Lencke, the wife of our Executive Director Emory Lencke, found herself in the final stages of a war she had bravely waged for seven years. She ultimately lost her battle with breast cancer Sept. 6. As is the case with many wonderful, influential people, such as Sandy, her inspiring struggle helped produce an idea that took this office's caring spirit to a new level in my eyes. In the midst of deep sorrow, a Super Feathers campaign was born in which six Hendricks County salons sell and style pink feathers in people's hair. In its first two weeks, the campaign has raised more than $2,500 for Indy’s Super Cure which benefits the Susan G. Komen for the Cure® Tissue Bank at the IU Simon Cancer Center. The initiative remains on track to reach its $5,000 goal by the end of October. But Super Feathers isn't about one office. It is about an entire county coming together. So many people have stepped up. Six Hendricks County salons have donated time and money to the Super Feathers cause, numerous media outlets graciously provided coverage to get the word out and of course hundreds of people have purchased and worn their pink feathers proudly. For many, those little feathers have become conversation starters. People share their personal stories, and then encourage others to get their own feathers. “Everybody comments on how much they love them,” said Beth Harlin, a Plainfield resident and breast cancer survivor who purchased two feathers at the Oct. 2 kickoff event. “I ran into a little girl at Flap-Jacks the other day who commented on how much she liked my feather, and then I realized she had one herself to honor her grandmother who had breast cancer.” For those who haven't received their Super Feathers yet, you still have time. They cost $15 for one feather or $25 for two. Six participating salons will continue to sell and style them into your hair. Those salons include:
  • Cass & Company Salon, 7374 Business Center Drive, Avon.
  • Design 414, 414 E. Main St., Brownsburg.
  • D-Zign Salon, 783 E. Main St., Danville.
  • E.M. Studio, 1460 N. Green St., Suite 500, Brownsburg.
  • Elements of Style Salon & Day Spa, 330 E. Main St., Plainfield.
  • Salon Nouveaute, 2680 E. Main St., Plainfield.
If your life has been touched by breast cancer in some way, don't hesitate to get your feather today, men included. Just ask our leader, Emory Lencke, who proudly sports two feathers in the front of his hair for everyone to see. Sandy would be so proud.