Auction items accepted to benefit Heartland Cancer Center patients

(Great Bend, Kas.) - Items for the silent and live auctions that benefit Heartland Cancer Center patients are now being accepted. The event is set for 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4 at the Club at Stoneridge.

We are encouraging individuals and businesses to donate to the auctions and to mark this date on their calendars, St. Rose Marketing Director Mark Mingenback said. This is a great way to support our neighbors who need a helping hand and have an enjoyable evening at the same time.

Tickets for the 10th annual auction are $35 each and reservations can be made online at www.stroseasc.org or by calling Mingenback, 620-786-6136.

New auction items this year include the pews from the former Chapel on the fifth floor at St. Rose.

These pews are being modified and downsized so they can fit into homes more easily, Mingenback explained. The pews are not only decorative but they can add seating space in rec rooms or other areas in a residence. Business owners also may find ways to put these pews to good use."

Brad Hemphill of Brads Cabinet Shop is contributing the craftsmanship needed to modify the pews.

The American flag that was flown at a United States air base in Baghdad on Sept. 11, 2007, once again will be the revolving live auction item.

Each person who bids on the flag makes a direct financial contribution to our Heartland Cancer Center Patient Care Fund, Mingenback noted. The flag remains on display at the cancer center and a list of donors is posted with it.

Schremmer Auction will volunteer its services for the event.

The annual St. Rose Golf Classic is set for 8 a.m. Monday, Oct. 6; its proceeds also are used to support cancer patients. Sponsorships and team registration are available on the St. Rose website.

During the previous nine auctions and golf tournaments, almost a half million dollars has been raised.

We are hoping to add substantially to this fund again this year, Mingenback said. Donors can be assured that all proceeds are used to directly help patients and their families right here in our communities.

St. Rose is part of Centura Health, which connects individuals and families across western Kansas and Colorado with more than 6,000 physicians, 15 hospitals, seven senior-living communities, physician practices and clinics, and home-care and hospice services.