Cancer center holds annual fundraiser with auctions, food, hope

IMG_8169Nebraska Cancer Research Center’s Third Annual Colors of Hope: Cancer Research Fundraiser will be held Aug. 25, 2016.

This event will take place at Chez Hay, a caterer and reception space in downtown Lincoln and is hosted by Southeast Nebraska Cancer Center.

“Our goal since 1984 has been to provide quality care,” said Kelly Madcharo, the director of the Nebraska Cancer Research Center. “We did not want the people of Lincoln to travel far to receive great care. We wanted them to be close to home and around their support system throughout the process.”

The Nebraska Cancer Research Center started the Colors of Hope fundraiser in 2013 with hopes to achieve more awareness about the organization. The Nebraska Cancer Research Center is a nonprofit organization that has been a leader in cancer research since 1984. It offers treatment trials, cancer control, prevention and cancer care delivery studies. Their staff works with various types of cancer such as breast, brain, gastrointestinal, prostate, renal, head, neck, hematology, lung and melanoma.

“In previous years we have raised $12,000, and last year we were able to raise $19,000 at this event,” said Madcharo. “A realistic goal for us this year is $25,000.”

Most of the money raised comes from the live and silent auction. One of this year’s packages includes airfare for two people to Dublin, Ireland, with five nights at The Westin Dublin, a luxury five-star hotel.

Another prize this year is a cruise for two to Bermuda, the Bahamas or the Caribbean. This includes an ocean view room for two, a queen-size bed, a vanity area and a private bathroom for four or five nights.

Other prizes include a Colorado getaway, a one-night stay and breakfast for two at Lied Lodge & Conference Center at Arbor Day Farm, dinner for two and one bottle of wine at Venue Restaurant and Lounge, Goodcent’s subs for a year, four adult passes to the Henry Doorly Zoo and a Husker Poster autographed by Tom Osborne.

The Nebraska Cancer Research Center is also avidly looking for volunteers, one of the biggest ways people support their cause.

“We want everyone to know that this event is open to anyone in the community whether you are a cancer survivor or just want to support the cause,” said Michaela Emmons, fundraising coordinator of NCRC. “More importantly, we want the Lincoln community to realize they don’t have to leave Lincoln to receive great care.”

Social hour and the silent auction will begin at 5:30 p.m. Tickets cost $55 and include meals catered by Chez Hay as well as a live and silent auction with many great prizes. The capacity for this event is 200 people.

Tickets may be purchased through the Nebraska Cancer Research Center website or at the door. Guests will also receive colored ribbons representing the specific type of cancer that has affected them or a loved one.

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