OTTAWA — Putnam County Cancer Assistance Program is celebrating its 10th year of helping cancer patients and their families, and growing the organization.
CAP will hold its largest fundraiser of the year at 5 p.m. Saturday at the Ottawa Knights of Columbus hall on Road H.
Doors open for the annual auction and dance benefit at 5 p.m., the auction starts at 6 p.m. and the dance is from 7 to 11 p.m. Admission is $5 and there will be food and beverages available for purchase. Along with the auction the event includes a 50/50 drawing, raffle items, silent auction of baked goods, and other activities.
“No tickets are necessary. Bring your wallet and bring your friends,” Putnam County CAP President Dana Ellerbrock said. “It’s a lot of fun. It seems like we get a bigger crowd every year. We’re excited to see families, especially families of patients we have served.”
Two items in the auction should draw some significant interest, Ellerbrock said.
One item is a king-size Ohio State Buckeye quilt made and donated by Chasity Tietje. The other is a Cub Cadet LTX 1045 mower with a 20 hp Kohler engine, hydro transmission and 46” deck donated by HG Violet in Delphos.
When the group started in 2004, it held pancake breakfasts and bake sales and gave small reimbursement checks to cancer patients for mileage, Ellerbrock said. Through the years, the group has grown and in 2013 it helped 80 families with $96,000 worth of expenses. The Cancer Assistance Program is also now a United Way agency.
The group now helps patients with prescriptions, medical supplies and supplements, wigs and copays that are not covered by insurance. The auction and dance is the group’s single largest fundraiser each year. Visit www.pccap.org for program information or to make a donation to CAP.