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Local women boost breast cancer research


Dear Editor,

Breast cancer research will get a financial boost from our community. Scotch Doubles were held at Almont Hideaway Lanes in Almont on Saturday Night, April 12. Kelly Jager, Heidi Bissett, Lisa Goleski, and Rose Moschelli, with the help of their family, friends, and community collected almost $4,000 after expenses. Here's how it happened:

The four ladies mentioned above contacted Paul Abromaitis, owner of Almont Hideaway Lanes, and made arrangements to organize a Scotch Doubles. In Paul's kindness he offered the girls the use of the concession area so they could serve food as well. Paul suggested the mixed double league that was scheduled to bowl right before our tournament might be interested in a 50/50 raffle also. We came prepared.

Over the two months prior to the event many merchants and individuals donated 32 items for silent auction. These were substantial donations and we need to thank these people for their generosity.

Almont Hideaway Lanes made the concession area available to us early and we were set up and ready to go by 6 p.m. The league of mixed doubles had the alleys until 8:30 or 9 p.m. Their support came in the form of buying food and tickets for a 50/50 raffle.

At 8:30 the 150 or so individuals who had signed up for the Scotch Doubles began to file in. Some of the folks from mixed doubles stayed and joined us. Immediately the auctions were getting bids and people were buying food. Everyone was assigned a lane and the bowling began. Again I went through the crowd and sold 50/50 raffle tickets.

Like the mixed bowling league I had to empty the money container and get more tickets twice before I reached the far end of the 24 alley complex. Tables were covered with tickets and I couldn't get tickets off the reels fast enough. Wallets were open and people had money out ahead of time.

After I sold the raffle tickets I found the need to go back through the crowd and thank everyone. Many had been affected by breast cancer having lost a loved one or know someone who lost a loved one to this disease.

The employees at Almont Hideaway Lanes contributed to an awesome night. They were kind, considerate, and prompt, in helping to organize the evening and making it such a great success. The place was packed and all had fun until 1 a.m.

When the money boxes were collected the totals after expenses amounted to $3,898. This generosity says a lot about our community. I am proud of you all and moved by your willingness to give.

There is a still more to do. Each of the girls made a commitment to raising $2,200 for breast cancer research. This fall they will join thousands of women from across the nation to walk 60 miles over a 3-day period. You can donate to any one of us online at www.the3day.org or by calling the 3-day at 800-996-3329.

Thank you for helping us to make a difference in the fight against breast cancer. Everyone deserves a lifetime.

Bob Jager, Brown City
June 11, 2008

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