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Basket bingo and live auction aims to raise community presence

PHOTO PROVIDED Shown are several baskets attendees will have the opportunity to win at Basket Bingo.

Hosting events such as a live auction or basket bingo raises community presence for the upcoming Relay For Life — recruiting teams and committee members that allow the organization to grow, said Jerrod Stepp, committee member.

At the last Basket Bingo event, there were 100 attendees — that had the chance to win gift cards, a wine and game night basket — and raised $3,050, Stepp said. Due to the success, they decided to host another.

Basket Bingo, doors at noon, bingo at 1 p.m. May 5, at the Muncy VFW, 12 N. Market St, Muncy, is played the same as bingo, but with gift baskets, donated from the local community, as prizes, he said. There will be 20 rounds of bingo with 20 prizes available, a 50/50, pull-tab tickets and a raffle drawing for more baskets. A meal will be provided.

There will be a live auction, 10 a.m. on May 19, at the Hughesville High School, 349 Cemetery St., Hughesville, with items available, such as sports memorabilia package with autographs from Chris Long, of the Philadelphia Eagles, and Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers; a cake a month for a year; among other items, Stepp said.

At the auction, there also will be a butterfly release in the morning and teams selling food and games, he said. All proceeds raised will be donated to the American Cancer Society.

Stepp got involved in Relay for Life by helping his wife and has now been involved for ten years, he said. His wife and son are also committee members. Even while deployed in Iraq, Stepp still participated in Relay for Life.

The Stepp family got involved because they have friends and family affected by cancer, he said. “We feel anything we can do to help raise awareness about prevention, treatment and services available … is our mission.”

This year, Relay For Life’s Tri-Town, 4 p.m., May 18, to 1 p.m., May 19, at Hughesville High School Football Stadium, is sports and tailgate-themed, Stepp said. Food available will include hot dogs and sausages, meatballs and walking tacos. While there, participants also can get exercise by walking the tracks and playing games, or eat, around the way. Similarly, all proceeds go to the American Cancer Society.

At 9 p.m., there will be a luminaria program, they read survivors’ and those who have battled cancer’s names, he said. Stepp recommends staying for the luminaria program because it’s a heartfelt and emotional event that truly shows the impact of cancer in the community.

“It is a way for the community to come out and give back to the community they live in and show their support,” Stepp said. “It is knowing that you are helping people in probably one of their lowest points of their life keep up the fight and succeed. Community is everything and without the support of the community, the impact will not be as great.”

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