March 1, 2012

Cancer Fund Hopes to Top $100,000 Mark at 8th Annual Fundraiser Dinner

Entering its ninth year of community service, the Scotland County Cancer Fund is hoping to top the century mark as far as fundraising goes. The group's 8th annual Ham & Bean Supper and Benefit Auction will go a long way in determining if the group can reach its goal.

The Scotland County Cancer Fund has raised $90,441.00 the past eight years according to chairperson Margaret Curry. The bulk of those funds were proceeds from the seven previous benefits. Last year's fundraiser netted $10,041 as volunteer auctioneers sold more than 175 donated items to raise money for the cause.

Efforts like that have allowed the Cancer Fund to spend $79,262 helping citizens of Scotland County fight their battle with cancer.

"In the past 8 years we have been able to help 72 individuals with their fight," said Curry. "Some individuals have been helped more than one year."

The group started out offering $50 in aid to needy residents. Due to increase support, the aid allowance has grown to $750 per individual to help assist with the unexpected expenses that occur for patients undergoing cancer treatment such as gasoline, travel, lodging and of course medical expenses.

To receive financial aid from the Cancer Fund, individuals must have been a resident of Scotland County for one year and be receiving treatment for cancer.

To help continue the fight, the Cancer Fund is hoping the March 3rd benefit will surpass all previous fundraisers. Serving of the free-will donation meal will start at 6 p.m. at the Memphis V.F.W. The auction will follow. As part of the fundraiser, tickets are being sold for a chance to win a Green Mountain Grill. Tickets are $10 each or 3 for $20. Raffle tickets are also being sold for a chance to win a fireworks package worth $495. Tickets are $5.00 each or 3 for $10.

To get tickets or donate items for the auction please contact Curry or fellow board members Dave Trueblood, Kim Nicoli, Chris Tinkle, Brenda Wilson or Reva Triplett.

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