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Pop-a-cork for a Cure sets record

Annual wine tasting by Team Check ’Em Out benefits SCV Relay for Life

Posted: May 17, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: May 17, 2012 2:00 a.m.

Guests mingle in the Valencia backyard of Pam and Mike Ripling during the Pop-a-cork for a Cure fundraiser to benefit the American Cancer Society. The event was hosted by Team Check ’Em Out for SCV Relay for Life.

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The sixth annual Pop-a-cork for a Cure — held Saturday in Valencia — raised more than $6,200 to benefit the American Cancer Society.

The event, held at the Valencia Summit home of event co-chairs Mike and Pam Ripling, attracted more than 120 guests from throughout the Santa Clarita Valley who enjoyed the garden-party setting that offered wine and hot hors d’oeuvres.

Entertainment was provided by Melissa Kaye and Fiddle Sticks & Ivory Plus.

Pam Ripling said Team Check ’Em Out has exceeded the goal of $10,000 it set for the annual 24-hour Santa Clarita Valley Relay for Life event, which will be held starting at 9 a.m. Saturday.

In addition to the wine fundraiser the team has been selling raffle tickets for a variety of items including a Nook Color Tablet and Angels premium seat tickets.

The raffle will be held Saturday at the team’s booth at Relay for Life.

“We are so pleased that we increased the revenue at our wine fundraiser by more than 20 percent,” said Pam Ripling.

Tracey Shaffer, captain of Team Check ‘Em Out, said the group is devoted to “promoting breast cancer and testicular cancer awareness.”

“Relay is an amazing event,” Shaffer said.

“There is no better way to fight cancer,” Pam Ripling said. “We like to say that fighting cancer has never been this much fun.”

Ripling said everyone is touched by cancer.

“I lost my mother, grandmother and great-grandmother to cancer, as well as my father-in-law and numerous aunts. My husband Michael is a survivor as is one of my brothers,” she said. “Cancer surrounds us but doesn’t have to beat us.”

The wine tasting featured a silent auction with a variety of items including Dodgers tickets, breakfast with Santa Clarita Councilman Bob Kellar, a weekend at a deluxe mountain cabin and a day at Santa Anita Racetrack’s exclusive Turf Club, as well as an assortment of gifts and donated services.

In addition, a raffle was also held for gift baskets, gift certificates and art.

“This is an amazing day,” said Ray Tippett, executive director of Circle of Hope Inc., a breast cancer support group. “Anything we can do to fight cancer here in the SCV, I support. It’s amazing how many people are here to support this cause. We’re blessed in the SCV.”

Santa Clarita Valley Relay for Life will be held Saturday starting at 9 a.m. at Central Park off Bouquet Canyon Road in Saugus. To date nearly 1,700 participants with 148 teams have raised almost $300,000 to benefit the American Cancer Society.

Tim Gregory of Anheuser Busch and James Ripling provided a beer garden with tastes of designer beers and ales.

Wines were provided by Fred Wachtel of Morgan Stanley, Smith Barney, Mike Ripling and Ian Williams.

For more information about Relay For Life visit / 661-287-5590 


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