Life Blooms, Again: fundraiser will raise funds to fight cancer.

April 22, 2015
Conny Bax and Jim Scatena sort through the many items that have been donated for the auctions.

Conny Bax and Jim Scatena sort through the many items that have been donated for the auctions.

By Rob Alway. Editor-in-Chief. 

HAMLIN TWP. — FloraCraft will hold its second annual American Cancer Society fundraising event this Saturday, April 25, at Lincoln Hills Golf Club. Life Blooms Again will feature silent and live auctions along with raffles. It will be from 6 to 9 p.m. with a $15 per person admission.

Proceeds are being raised by the FloraCraft Relay for Life Team.

Cancer research fundraising isn’t just a cause that FloraCraft picked at random.

“FloraCraft is committed to a lot of charitable endeavors in this community,” said Jim Scatena, CEO and president of FloraCraft. “But our heart and passion is trying to find a cure for cancer.”

“There are so many people who work here who have been effected by cancer in so many ways,” said Conny Bax. “Almost all of our senior management have had cancer or have someone in their immediate family who has had cancer.”

“Fighting cancer is what really drives us,” Scatena said. “When we see young people and children in this community who are effected by cancer, it really drives us to fight even more. I believe there is some real strong progress being made in curing cancer and it’s our hope that just a $1 contribution is what reaches the tipping point.”

Life Blooms Again is being dubbed as a fun family friendly event and children are welcome to come.

“We are going to have a kids corner with lots of activities for them,” Bax said. “This year’s Mason County Relay for Life theme is ‘Let hope take flight’ and we are going to play off of that with a kids’ theme from the animated film ‘Up.’” FloraCraft employees will be dressed as characters from the film and families will be able to get their pictures taken with those characters next to a large paper balloon.

A 4-foot by 8-foot cedar playhouse will be raffled off. A luminary table will allow guests to decorate luminaries for $10, which will then be placed around the track at Oriole Field during Relay for Life in June.

This year’s auctioneer is Dr. Rick Plummer, director of performing arts at West Shore Community College.

Last year’s event raised over $11,000. Scatena and Bax said their goal is to increase that amount this year.

“The community has really come around this event and has generously donated so many items for auction,” Scatena said. “We have a wide variety of items for many different interests.”

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