Celebration of Life event at Hermann City Park raised $15,500 for cancer patients

Posted on Tuesday, June 10, 2014 at 3:29 pm

Doug Smith presents check to Debbie Meyer for cancer fundraiser.

Doug Smith presents check to Debbie Meyer for cancer fundraiser.

By staff writer

Preliminary figures indicate that approximately $15,500 was taken in last Friday evening, after expenses, at the Celebration of Life program at the City Park.
Those figures were reported Monday by Betty Van Booven, treasurer of the Hermann Area Crusade Against Cancer, which sponsors the event.
The live auction raised $5,000.
Organizers said it was a “very successful” event.

“Everybody continues to be so generous,” said Tina Geltz, one of the event organizers. “It is a wonderful way to give back to the community.”
Approximately 200 persons were served a fried chicken dinner, catered by Trailside.
“We ran out of food,” said Paula Pierce, a long-time member of the organizing committee.
The upper City Park had lots of games for children, including a petting zoo and pony rides provided by LaBrell’s Barnyard Buddies.
Megan Heying spent the evening painting children’s faces.
“I think all the children in the park had their face painted,” said Geltz. “There were so many happy kids.”
The Celebration of Life, held each year the first Friday in June, is a local program funded through the Hermann Area Community Foundation that has helped hundreds of cancer patients and their families.
“We have all been touched by cancer,” said Mrs. Geltz. “There were so many businesses that donated to this event.”
The River City Cruisers, the local car club, was there with many of its members bringing their classic cars.

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