The Cancer Foundation’s biggest fundraiser is coming up.
On March 18 at 7 p.m., the foundation will host Cocktails, where local supporters can come to celebrate the work the organization does. The eighth annual Cocktails event happens at the Cotton Press, 149 Oneta St. in Athens.
It’s the biggest fundraiser each year for The Cancer Foundation, formerly called the Northeast Georgia Cancer Foundation, said Kimberly Liebowitz, executive director of the organization. Proceeds comprise nearly half of what The Cancer Foundation has given out to cancer patients in northeast Georgia in the last year.
The foundation’s mission is to help cancer patients by covering routine daily costs for them. Anything from a bill to gas money can be covered by The Cancer Foundation, Liebowitz said. Last year the organization gave away $242,000 to patients.
Anyone can attend the Cocktails fundraiser and donate to forward the foundation’s mission, and the event will have both a silent and a live auction. At the silent auction, guests can bid on a trip to Italy, a golf cart, a trip to Mar-a-Lago and other prizes. The live auction will feature several experiences, including tickets to a show at Philips Arena, a spot at several University of Georgia kids camps or shopping excursions.
There will also be a chance to “fund a cause.”
“At that point in the night we’ll have someone describe something specific that patients need, like $500 worth of gas for someone to travel back and forth from their doctor’s appointments,” Liebowitz said.
According to Liebowitz, a dedicated donor has volunteered to match every donation made by the crowd during the “fund a cause” portion of the night.
Tickets to the event are $60 and include heavy hors d’oeuvres and an open bar.
Buy tickets online at http://www.cancerfoundationofnega.org.
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