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Cove Cause for Cancer to host park party fundraiser

12-hour event set for 11:30 a.m. Saturday kickoff

Local nonprofit Cove Cause for Cancer is hosting its third Party in the Park Saturday at the Morrison’s Cove Memorial Park cattle barns to raise money for cancer patients in Blair and Bedford counties.

The 12-hour event will kick off at 11:30 a.m. and will feature bounce houses and rock walls for kids; raffle baskets including one with a box at the Curve; and a Cove’s Got Talent Show from 4 to 6 p.m.

Party-goers will also have a chance to win money during a cornhole tournament beginning at 1 p.m. Teams can enter for $30 and first place winners receive $300; second place, $200; and third, $100.

Events wrap up at 11:30 p.m.

“It’s a great opportunity to come out and learn about what Cove’s Cause for Cancer is,” CCC Advisory Board member Travis Russell said. “We’re big on saying we support our neighbors, our friends and our families.”

While admission to the event is free, organizers ask that attendees support the more than 30 local craft and food vendors such as The Smokey Pig and Roaring Spring VFW Post 7689. Vendors then make donations back to Cove Cause for Cancer based on the day’s profits, Russell said.

There will also be live music, featuring local bands. The Lawn Darts will take the stage at noon, followed by Bone Jacked at 4 p.m., Stephanie & the Wild Hearts at 7 p.m. and The Pines 9:30 p.m.

Rounding out the festivities will be a glow-in-the-dark pool party with pizza, snacks and drinks from 9:30 to 11:30 p.m. Admission is $10 per person, Russell said.

All funds raised at Party in the Park will go toward helping cancer patients in Blair and Bedford counties with their living expenses “so they can focus on getting better,” Russell said.

The funds are distributed through the UPMC Hillman Cancer Center in Altoona and the Bob Perks Cancer Assistance Fund out of State College, Russell said.

The Perks Fund works closely with Cove Cause for Cancer, Executive Director Cindy Brown said, as the two share a common goal of easing the financial burden on cancer patients and their families.

“We really appreciate everything they do for us,” Brown said. “They have raised over $35,000 over the last three years, and we’re so grateful because that money goes directly to cancer patients in the southern Blair County area.”

With the help of CCC, the Perks Fund helps patients with necessities like groceries, gas, rent and utilities, Brown said, adding that the group has never turned down a qualified applicant.

“We couldn’t exist without these generous donors and supporters,” Brown said.

Mirror Staff Writer Rachel Foor is at 814-946-7458.

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