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Annual brunch could net $25,000 for cancer research

November 07, 2003|by ANDREA ROWLAND

andrear@herald-mail.com

The American Cancer Society's 15th annual Grand Sunday Brunch will benefit local individuals and families dealing with cancer, and support national cancer research and prevention efforts. The brunch will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 9, at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center in Hagerstown.

It's a festive, first-class function that's fun for the whole family, say event chairpersons Jim Shifler and Diane Pullen.

The buffet-style brunch menu will include waffles, omelets, bacon, biscuits with gravy, freshly carved beef, seafood Newburg, baked chicken and assorted vegetables, desserts and beverages, Pullen says. Guests also may enjoy clowns, live music and activities such as face painting and balloon sculpture, she says. Champagne will be served at noon.

A silent auction will boast items ranging from paintings to a new mattress, Shifler says.

He started the brunch 15 years ago to raise money for the Washington County chapter of the American Cancer Society. Shifler got involved with the organization after his first wife, Ruth, was diagnosed with breast cancer. She lost her battle with the disease at age 42.

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Shifler never expected the Grand Sunday Brunch to raise as much as it has - more than $200,000 - to help fight cancer and support cancer victims, he says.

The American Cancer Society has invested more than $2.4 billion in cancer research and prevention efforts, including programs that focus on tobacco control, the relationship between diet and physical activity and cancer, promoting comprehensive school health education, and reducing the risk of developing skin cancer, according to the American Cancer Society Web site at www.cancer.org.

The American Cancer Society also supports cancer patients and their families through a variety of programs.

Grand Sunday Brunch organizers hope to at least match last year's proceeds - $25,000 - at this year's brunch.

Tickets cost $26 for adults and $10 for children ages 3 to 10. Children younger than 3 are admitted free. To buy tickets, call Pullen at 301-790-0948 or the American Cancer Society at 1-888-474-3044. Tickets also can be purchased at the door.

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