Candlelighters fund raiser returns to Riverhorse
If you’re looking for a good meal on Wednesday, you might be able to help some kids in need. That night, Rocky Mountain Candlelighters for Childhood Cancer will make the journey up from Salt Lake to Park City to host the organization’s annual Celebration of Courage fund raiser.
"We have reserved the whole restaurant for the evening," said Richard Starley, the executive director of Candlelighters’ Utah affiliate.
"It’s part of our tradition, doing it at the Riverhorse," said Starley.
The event will take place at the restaurant from 7-10 p.m. Tickets are $100 per person and include dinner. The evening will feature live music, live and silent auctions and a special candle lighting ceremony by the organization. Fox 13 anchor Hope Woodside and Candace Peterson of KSL TV will emcee the event; there will also be a special appearance by Santa Claus.
"We’re really fortunate to have Jerry Gilomen to help us out," said Starley.
He also credited Park City pediatrician Dr. Leslie Webster’s efforts organizing the event and helping to collect sponsorships, auction items and donations.
The mission of Candlelighters for Childhood Cancer is to enhance the lives of children with cancer and help their families, offering hope, emotional and practical support, education and patient advocacy to both patients and families.
"We provide hospital and community-based services for children with cancer and their families.
The group’s support includes counseling, supplies for parents staying in hospitals, a "Parent Break Room" with space to relax, shower, fix a meal and use the Internet in Primary Children’s Medical Center, educational resources, summer camps for kids and parents, and networking opportunities.
According to Starley, the organization is also working to offer more.
"We’re expanding," he said.
Other possible services for the future include support groups, parent mentoring and other programs.
Starley emphasized the need for such programs and provided one successful example. Past cancer patient Omar Young, whose parents were volunteers for Candlelighters and helped start the Celebration of Courage event seven years ago, is now in college.
For tickets to the Celebration of Courage event, call 1-888-556-2737. For more information, visit http://www.childhoodcancer.org.
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