Empire to host 'Pink Tie' cancer benefit

Cancer Connection fundraiser includes silent auction, live music

Posted: Monday, October 26, 2009

The Juneau Empire will host a cancer fundraiser next month, with proceeds benefiting a Juneau nonprofit group.

Tickets went on sale last week for the Empire's Nov. 7 "Pink Tie" benefit fundraiser for Cancer Connection, a grassroots organization that assists those living with cancer and their families.

Empire Marketing Coordinator Meghan Grunow, who is organizing the event, described the benefit's theme as "Pink and swanky." She encouraged those attending to think pink and posh when selecting dress attire.

"The whole decor will be a lot of fun," Grunow said. "The event is going to be a blast, and how often do you get to dress up like this in Juneau?"

Grunow said the event is a wrap-up for Breast Cancer Awareness month, but is intended to recognize all forms of cancer.

Festivities include: live music by the Thunder Mountain Big Band and Brave Monkey; catering by Abby's Kitchen; pink cocktails by Rendezvous; and Alaska Brewing Company beer. There also will be a silent auction and a dance auction, Grunow said.

"During the dance auction, the winning bidder and volunteer will dance to a Brave Monkey song," she said. "It's a fun, goofy way to raise money."

A member of the Empire staff be shooting prom-style photos, available online at spotted.juneauempire.com.

Cancer Connection was founded in 1996 by Mike Miller as the Southeast Alaska Cancer and Wellness Foundation, and assists an average of 40 to 60 cancer patients annually.

"We're there when folks are in shock about their diagnosis and sorting their options," said Cancer Connection President Tish Griffin Satre. "We provide a friendly ear to listen and help with the resources we're aware of in Alaska and Washington to assist patients navigating the health care system."

Funds raised will be donated to local cancer sufferers to help offset expenses not covered by health insurance, such as airfare or room and board, while seeking treatment outside of Juneau.

Event decorations are being provided by Martha's Flowers, Night Moods and Creativation. Tyler Rental also is helping to sponsor the event.

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