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Shop for a Good Cause at the 19th Annual Martha's Market

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Nearly 70 boutiques are open for business in the John Paul Jones Arena this weekend.  The arena has been transformed into a three-day market place for a good cause.

People are filing in and grabbing their shopping bags at the 19th annual Martha's Market.  It's a $10 fee at the door and you will get a ticket that's good for the entire weekend to come shop.

Fifteen cents of every dollar spent at the market this weekend goes directly to Martha Jefferson Hospital and will be used towards breast health, women's midlife health, and technology.  They are selling items such as clothing, jewelry, toys, and garden supplies. Over the past 19 years of markets, they have raised more than $4 million.

"It's important because we're all affected by cancer, and this is a program that helps all of the women in our community and it helps their families as well.  We support the families of these women, and this is our way of fighting against cancer," said Carol Minetree with Martha's Market. 

The money raised will help pay for digital mammograms and free breast health screenings.  It will also help women going through chemotherapy to get a free wig.

If you're interested in coming out and shopping, the market will be open all weekend.  The event runs until 7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.  Children under 13 years old do not have to pay the $10 fee at the door.

Reported by Molly Balkenbush

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