On Friday, September 11, 2009, Carrie Council and I attended an Emerge Albany luncheon at the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce. William Hancock, our speaker, asked each member of the group to write down, on an index card, one positive thing about living in Albany.
For an hour, I thought about what I wanted to say and only after Carrie spoke to the group about the 2009 Cancer Ties event, did it dawn on me … I love this community because its businesses and citizens are so generous to those in need and have willingness to help.
Over the past six weeks, I have called on many businesses in this community and I have sent many e-mails and Facebook messages requesting friends and strangers to help the Cancer Ties Committee raise funds for our 2009 beneficiary.
Out of all the business owners I have approached, very seldom have I walked away without a silent auction item in hand. Those businesses that I’ve approached for cash sponsorships, haven’t said “no” much, either.
The people in this community want to get involved and want to support each other. They rally for a cause so close to home. And, like Sabrina Powell’s family, most have been affected by cancer in some way.
On April 18, 2007, our friend, Allison Salter was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 32. Over the summer, several of Allison’s friends joined together with a desire to raise funds for Allison’s medical care.
During multiple brain-storming sessions our group came to be known as Cancer Ties, because everyone, in some way, has a “tie” to cancer, be it a spouse, a parent, a child, a friend or a coworker, and we are “knot” going to let it win!
The first Cancer Ties event took place on Sept. 20, 2007.
Because the 2007 event was so successful and because Allison wanted to “pay it forward,” the committee has chosen to make this an annual event. Each year, our goal is to elect one person or organization to benefit from the groups abilities to organize an event and the generosity of the community we live in to support us and our recipients.
Fast forward two years…
In June, we elected Sabrina Powell to be our 2009 Cancer Ties beneficiary. \We felt as though she was a worthy and deserving beneficiary. She has given back to the community and to cancer research through her work with the American Cancer Society, and Relay For Life team organization; she even starred in a commercial for Albany’s “Drive For A Cure.”
After battling cancer for 10 years, Sabrina passed away on Monday, September 7, 2009. She was 46 years old.
In honor and in celebration of Sabrina’s life, the 2009 event will be held at Doublegate Country Club on Thursday, Sept. 17. There will be a silent auction, cash bar, hors’ devours and live entertainment.
We are asking you, business owners and individuals in our community, to continue your support of our cause by sponsoring our event with a cash donation, by contributing an item to be auctioned off in our silent auction or by purchasing tickets. All proceeds received from sponsors and silent auction item sales will be gifted to the Powell family.
If you would like more information about the event or if you would like to become a cash sponsor, silent auction donor or purchase tickets, please contact Allison Salter at 886-5881, Amanda Casey at 343-5080 or Carrie Council at 344-4992.
If you plan to attend the event, the Cancer Ties Committee strongly encourages attendees to wear a tie, because it signifies our belief “that everyone has a TIE to cancer and we are KNOT going to let it win.” We are not asking for black ties; the event is casual. We ask that you wear your wildest, wackiest, silliest tie in a creative manner. In the past, ladies have worn their tie as a belt, head band, scarf or they have pinned multiple pink ribbons on their little black dresses. We had one guy make his tie from duct tape. We will have ties available for a $10 donation at the door.
Written by Amanda Casey, Albany, Georgia.