Events benefit breast cancer group

June 19, 2007

The last few weeks were successful for fundraising for Breast Cancer Awareness of the Cumberland Valley (BCA-CV), which netted more donations than last year's totals.

"We had three very successful fundraisers in a row," said Joan Fell, BCA-CV's executive director. "The May 6 Purse-on to Person Auction raised $61,000. This was a new record for the event, and we're very pleased that each year gets bigger and better."

Fell said more than 410 women participated in the third annual fundraising auction, which included purses and additional gifts, such as resort vacations and jewelry. The event packed the Four Points Sheraton. Hundreds of purses were sold during silent and live auctions.

Fell said next year's auction has been scheduled for Sunday, May 4.

During Mother's Day weekend, "Pitchin' Pink with the Hagerstown Suns" raised $3,700 for BCA-CV. The Suns players wore pink jerseys during the game, a rain-shortened five-inning victory.


Also, the annual Challenge Golf Tournament on May 21 was another sellout, and raised more money than the year before.

"We had 140 golfers, and the tournament raised over $46,000," she said.

Upcoming BCA-CV events include the "Reaching for the Moon at Milestone Farm." The annual event at the home of Don and Jone Bowman is set for Friday, Sept. 28, from 5 to 8 p.m. Tickets cost $45 per person.

The annual Step 'n Stride is set for Saturday, Oct. 20, at Hagerstown Community College.

Breast Cancer Awareness provides free mammograms and other services, including counseling and support. For more information, call 301-791-5843 or go to

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