FRIENDS FIGHTING CANCER GETTING READY
By MELODY BROWN-PEYTON Of The Record Staff
Friends Fighting Cancer will host its third annual Simply Southern Soirée — A Gathering of Friends. The event will be held Saturday, April 29, at 6:30 p.m. at the Howard House in Dunn. Last year this event raised $68,000. Friends anticipate raising even more this year.
“We are really excited about this event. We are just delighted about the community involvement,” Friends Fighting Cancer President Robbie Tart said.
The soirée is the nonprofit organization’s largest annual fundraiser, which has become an evening of Southern elegance. Friends Fighting Cancer began their quest in the early 2000’s. The group’s goal is to help area residents who are fighting cancer.
Friends Fighting Cancer was established to support this important work with the spirit of service. The organization remains committed to giving hope and celebrating life by treating cancer patients and their families See Soirée, Page 3
Friends Fighting Cancer gear up for their signature event — Simply Southern Soirée.The event will be held at the Howard House on Saturday, April 29, at 6:30 p.m. Board members, from the left, on the steps of the Howard House are Chuck Robinson, Carrie Webb, Jeffrey Surles, Courtney Phillips, Paige Houston, Sue Tew, Jeanette Herring, Robbie Tart, Lisa Fitchett, Phyllis Turnage, Joanne Juby and Jaymes Elliott. Not picture are Cindy Robinson, Jeff Adkins, Ginger Barbour, Sara Brown, Linda Fuller, Alan Hargis, Johnny Honeycutt, Melody Price, Carolyn Stone, Roy Tew, Ashlyn Thompson and Rebecca Turlington.
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with compassion and providing them with spiritual, emotional, financial and educational support.
Friends Fighting Cancer provides assistance in medication, mortgages, rent, utilities, providing transportation, supporting the local cancer center, supporting Relay for Life and contributing a scholarship to a student who has a parent, grandparent or sibling with cancer.
According to the American Cancer Society, 1.6 million people are diagnosed each year with cancer and 589,000 deaths are the result.
Tickets are $75 per person. Muscial entertainment will be provided by the John Dupree Band. A silent auction will also be held. Guests will enjoy Southern-style heavy hors d’oeuvres. The dress code for this evening of Southern elegance is garden-style attire.
Tickets can be purchased the day of the event or by mailing your payment to 321 Cambridge Cour,t Dunn, NC 28834.
There are also sponsorship opportunities available. Dogwood sponsorships are $10,000, which will include the sponsor’s logo on all signage at the event along with 12 tickets to the event. Magnolia sponsorships are $5,000 with the sponsor’s logo and eight tickets. Azalea sponsorships are $2,500 with the sponsor’s logo and six tickets. Hydrangea sponsorships are $1,000 with the sponsor’s name with four tickets. Rose sponsorships are $500 that will include the sponsor’s name along with two tickets. Gardenia sponsorships are $100 and will include recognition at the event.