COLUMBUS – A local cancer foundation hosted a fundraiser and silent auction to benefit individuals and families with cancer to get the care they need.
More than 350 people attended the Columbus Cancer Care Foundation dinner Thursday night to raise money to provide services like transportation, education, supplies and support to people in the community who are struggling.
CCCF board member Joan Keit, says the night was a success and sold out of tickets for the dinner; making it a main source of funds for the work the foundation does. She says the night isn’t all about the funds.
“We’ll see how much money we raise, because number one we’re trying to support all of the services we provide. And number two, we do this as a celebration and recognition of the people in our lives who have had cancer, so we recognize cancer survivors and care givers and we remember the people that we have lost to cancer.”
Keit says the foundation has helped hundreds of people and the dinner was a way to help hundreds more in Columbus and the surrounding communities.
“We’re grassroots, so we don’t get any national support but we don’t have to give any national money. So everything that’s raised here in the community, stays in the community. Also we have no administrative expenses. So dollar for dollar, you know that what you’re donating is going to help your friends and neighbors.””
Kiet hopes that this event can bring the community together to remember the sacrifices families dealing with cancer make and raise support in local cancer care.
After the dinner guests had a chance to bid on items provided by local businesses. When the sun set, balloons were released in the memory of those who have lost their battle with the disease.