July 22--Tickets for the event can be purchased for $100 at a number of locations in Davidson County. Citizens are encouraged to purchase their tickets by Sept. 15 to be eligible for "early bird drawings," which include one drawing for $5,000, a drawing for $2,000 and three drawings for $1,000. Early bird winning tickets will be placed back in the drum and are eligible for the main drawings.
Organizers recently kicked off a campaign for selling tickets to the event. Doors will open at 11 a.m. at the Lexington Historic Southern Railway Freight Depot at 129 S. Railroad St. Ticket locations include Boat Dock Sales and Service, Bob Timberlake Gallery, Bank of North Carolina's Lexington Main Office, BB&T's Lexington Main Office, Childress Vineyards, Davis Chevrolet, First Bank in Denton, Lanier True Value Hardware, Lexington Barbecue, NewBridge Bank in Thomasville, Tyro and South Lexington, Partners Western Co. in Mocksville, RCR Museum in Welcome, Sink Farm Equipment, Tilley Harley-Davidson in Salisbury, Wake Forest Baptist Health -- Lexington Medical Center Foundation Office and WFBH administrative offices.
The event includes food, beverages and entertainment. Only 1,800 tickets are available for the event, which includes over $90,000 in prizes. All proceeds benefit patient-centered improvements and renovations at the cancer center.
"There is a tremendous opportunity to benefit the cancer (center) here in Lexington," said Bob Lowe, chairman of the LMC Foundation Board of Directors. "... It has been serving patients in this area for some time. ... We are talking about expanding and upgrading services to that facility (the cancer center)."
LMC opened an oncology clinic in 1994 in what was the hospital's Outpatient Surgery Center to provide outpatient chemotherapy treatments. The service was a cooperative agreement between the hospital and the Comprehensive Cancer Center of Wake Forest Baptist Health. In 1998, patient volumes increased to a point that necessitated more space, and the clinic moved to office space on the hospital campus and named it the Lexington Community Cancer Center.
Six years ago, the hospital and WFBH developed a partnership to expand cancer services through the provision of radiation oncology, a first-time service in Davidson County. After gaining state approval for the installation of a linear accelerator, radiation oncology opened in space adjacent to the medical oncology clinic. The center was renamed Cancer Center of Davidson County and subsequently it became WFBH Cancer Center Lexington when LMC merged with WFBH.
The goal is to raise $100,000 for the cancer center. The event serves as the foundation's largest fundraiser of the year. Improvements proposed with funds from the event will go to enlarging and adding spaces for the center's patients.
"It's all focused on the patient in making the patient experience better," said Ellen Welborn, the foundation's executive director.
With the proceeds benefiting the cancer center, prizes for this year's event include a 2014 Avalon Pontoon, 2014 Kubota RTV 400, 2014 Harley-Davidson Low Rider and 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 4X4. Richard Childress will serve as the honorary chairman. Austin Caviness and event chairwoman Nina Smith are serving as the masters of ceremonies.
"It is a must-attend event," Smith said.
A live auction will be held at 1:30 p.m. Items being auctioned include two tickets to a Sprint Cup race at Charlotte Motor Speedway with pit and suite passes. Childress also, as part of the auction, is offering two hours of trap shooting for five people on his personal property, followed by lunch at Childress Vineyards.
Welborn said the public has made the event successful in previous years. "We couldn't do it without ticket purchasers and the sponsorships," she said.
For more information, contact 238-4559, 238-0415 or visit lexington.wakehealth.edu.
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