March 5, 2009

Cancer Fund Benefit Raises $8,000 for Local Victims

More than 1.4 million cancer cases were diagnosed in 2008 according to the American Cancer Society bringing the number to more than 10 million cancer suffers fighting the deadly disease in its variety of forms.

Once again this community came together to join forces in the fight against the affliction that has touched so many lives locally.

The Fifth Annual Scotland County Cancer Fund supper and auction brought more than 100 guests to the Memphis V.F.W. on Saturday evening to help raise more than $8,000 for the charity.

Since its inception in 2004, the local group has worked to raise money to be given to cancer patients in Scotland County to help offset costs of battling the disease, ranging from treatment and medicine to travel and lodging.

Thanks to nights like Saturday, the cancer fund has seen its benefits grow from just $50 per case in its first year to $750 per individual today.

That support is made possible by area donors that gave items and gift certificates to be sold at the benefit auction. The crowd of guests joined for a meal, giving a free-offering for it, prior to digging into the checkbooks again to support the auction.

The Cancer Fund also raised money with a pair of raffles. Darrell Harvey was the winner of a Brinkman gas grill given away at the benefit. Sam Johnson held the winning ticket in the raffle for a new Wii gaming system.

The auction saw a wide variety of goods and certificates sold. A poker table donated by Gerth & Baskett Furniture netted the charity $300, while two gentleman engaged in a friendly bidding war for a dozen roses donated by Countryside Flowers. The final price was $220. And a familiar tradition at the event continued in 2009 as several homemade pies brought top dollar in the auction.

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