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Dinner to benefit Cancer Society

By Leanne Fullerlfuller@paducahsun.com

The American Cancer Society will host its second Main Course Dinner and Auction on Thursday, which a local spokesman said provides a different way for folks to support cancer research and programs that benefit those touched by cancer.

"We're mostly known for Relay for Life. That's our biggest fundraiser," Tom Dolan said. "But this is a chance for people who didn't make it to Relay For Life - or who Relay for Life maybe isn't their thing - to come out and support the American Cancer Society as well."

Dolan, who is the Relay for Life specialist for the American Cancer Society in Paducah, said the event - to begin at 6 p.m. in the Irvin Cobb Hotel - will include "a great variety of foods that are going to be offered by several local area restaurants."

Attendees can expect fare from Artisan Kitchen, the Country Club of Paducah, Doe's Eat Place, Ristorante di Fratelli, Heavenly Cakes and Cafe, Occasions Unlimited, Whaler's Catch, and Shandies, as well as wines from Purple Toad Winery and Glisson Winery. Dolan said the event will include live entertainment from the Paducah Jazz Ensemble's Little Big Band and two auctions: one silent and one live.

Dolan said the silent auction will include several items, including a signed script from the TV series "Breaking Bad," and signed sports memorabilia from the St. Louis Rams and the Tennessee Titans.

"And then, as part of our live auction, we have a couple of different meals that a chef will prepare in your home," Dolan said. "One will feature a taste of New Orleans, and the other will be paired with various wines."

Individual tickets for the event - which cover the cost of food, wine and entertainment - are $40, with corporate tables available starting at $500.

Dolan said proceeds from the event will go toward research to fight cancer and to local programs such as the wig room at the local American Cancer Society office, in which the nonprofit provides hairpieces to women undergoing treatments for any kind of cancer.

Other local American Cancer Society programs Dolan said will benefit from the event include "Look Good, Feel Better" classes - in which professional cosmetologists teach women undergoing cancer treatments self-care techniques such as wig styling and makeup application to help lift self-esteem and mood - and "Road to Recovery," through which patients receive transportation to and from cancer treatment appointments.

Dolan estimated 100 people attended last year's dinner and auction, which raised about $14,000 for the nonprofit. He said the American Cancer Society hopes to surpass last year's attendance on Thursday.

"We just want to have a successful evening, and for people to come out and support us. Anything we make on an event like this is a plus," Dolan said.

Dolan said the organization has sold several corporate tables for the event, and he expects ticket sales will continue to increase as Thursday nears. Individual tickets will also be available at the door.

The spokesman said raising money for cancer research and programs that help patients is important because "cancer doesn't discriminate" and everyone is affected by those illnesses, whether personally or through friends and family members.

"And it's important that we continue to fight it, so one day we don't have to raise money to beat cancer," Dolan said. "And that's certainly our goal."

For more information or to buy tickets, Dolan said people can call the Paducah American Cancer Society office at 270-444-0384. The office is at 3140 Parisa Drive in Paducah.

Contact Leanne Fuller, a Sun staff writer, at 270-575-8653.

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