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Santa Clarita Lanes hosts American Cancer Society fundraiser

Posted: August 15, 2010 10:35 p.m.
Updated: August 16, 2010 5:55 a.m.

Santa Clarita Lanes on Soledad Canyon Road boasted a small but dedicated group of approximately a dozen people Saturday, as the men and women of The American Cancer Society (ACS) Relay for Life showed up to raise money and awareness while engaging in friendly rounds of bowling.

"Cancer (events) brings together family and friends," ACS Relay for Life fundraiser Susan Pearsall said.

Like most in attendance, Pearsall is a devoted advocate for the ACS. She also sits on the organization's Captains' Council. She is team captain for Chemo Amigos, and according to, her team has raised over $5,000.

"It makes it a good community event," Pearsall said, referring to the bonds that form among fellow volunteers. "We have a lot of fun together raising funds, coming up with different fundraisers."

Jen Minard, who was the event chair for Relay For Life of the Santa Clarita Valley, noted that occasions such as the Bowl-A-Thon allow people to relax while strengthening the connections that serve the volunteers so well.

"If we weren't such a tight-knit group, I don't think we would be as successful in getting the word out about the mission of the ACS and being able to raise funds so we can help cancer patients and their families get through what they're going through," she said. "It's kind of hard to be a stranger when you get involved with the American Cancer Society and with Relay."

In the past, ACS Relay for Life teams have hosted holiday boutiques and wine tastings to help raise money. One wine tasting brought in over $5,000, according to Pat News, who was captain of the Caring For You team.

"Everybody has been touched by cancer," News said. "So, if you send one letter to people you know, everyone on your Christmas card list, the money comes pouring in."

However, as with several other fundraising organizations, the recession has provided some new challenges, according to Minard.

"We are down slightly this year versus what we were two years ago, but we still raised $500,000, so that's no chump change," she said. "People are donating, and that's all that matters. Every dollar counts."



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