March 1, 2007

Benefit Auction Raises $6,576 for Scotland County Cancer Fund

When is a coconut cream pie worth $200? For several buyers it was on Saturday evening at the third annual dinner and benefit auction for the Scotland County Cancer Fund.

Bidders sent pie prices sky high as a total of $6,576 was raised for the charity that supports local cancer patients. The high-priced desserts were just a few of the items that were auctioned off during the event held at Wallace W. Gillespie Memorial Post #4958 of the V.F.W. in Memphis on February 24th.

A deacon’s bench donated by Oakwood Furniture fetched in excess of $300 to top off a successful fundraiser that matched toolboxes, farm supplies, a toy pedal car and dozens of gift certificates from area merchants with successful buyers.

“Everything sold extremely well, but the pies stole the show,” said Cancer Fund board member David Trueblood. “We had a few pies leftover from dinner last year and they sold well, so this year the ladies baked several pies specifically for the auction- and they did not disappoint.”

Deide Priebe was the winner of the stained-glass lamp raffle. Her card was drawn in the raffle for the prize donated by Claire Berg of A Payne in the Glass studio in Memphis. The raffle raised more than $500.

The group also received three $500 donations. Checks were presented to the Cancer Fund from the V.F.W. membership, the V.F.W. Ladies’ Auxiliary as well as from Mona’s Studio.

The successful benefit will allow the cancer fund to continue to offer financial aid to local cancer patients.

“Last year we gave $500 each to a dozen or more families that are dealing with cancer,” said board president Margaret Curry. “This benefit will help us continue those efforts.”

Curry stated that the Cancer Fund was established in 2003 in an effort to offer financial assistance to cancer patients. The idea was to provide funding for high expenses of seeking treatment, such as travel and lodging that are often not covered by insurance.

“The guidelines are pretty open,” Curry said regarding receiving aid. “Basically we offer up to $500 per family to offset the costs associated with receiving treatment for cancer.”

Because of the successful fundraisers, Curry said the board will be considering previously awarded recipients for funding again this year if they are still receiving treatment.

While the benefit dinner and auction are the main source of revenue for the organization, the charity also accepts donations year-round, including memorial gifts or similar contributions.

For more information about the group, or for an application for assistance, contact board members Curry, Trueblood, Kim Nicoli, Chris Tinkle or Brenda Wilson.

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