Families Fighting Cancer founding members Samantha Genereux (left) and her mom

Families Fighting Cancer founding members Samantha Genereux (left) and her mom

A Starry Night planned for March

With a dinner and dance theme of A Starry Night, Families Fighting Cancer organizers are hoping to raise much needed funding.

With a dinner and dance theme of A Starry Night, Families Fighting Cancer organizers are hoping to raise much needed funding for those struggling with the disease.

“We’re shooting for the stars,” said co-organizer Corry Williams. “We’re hoping to raise $40,000.”

This is the third fundraiser the group has staged in five years, helping families fighting cancer with travel and lodging expenses and financial aid where necessary.

The event, hosted at the Elks Hall March 25, will feature a silent auction, live auction, dinner and dance and raffles throughout the evening.

“It’s going to be nice. I’m excited about it,” said Williams, noting children are welcome to attend. “It’s going to be like walking into a starry night.”

Organizers are hoping local businesses and residents will assist them in reaching their goal through donations of auction items and attendance.

“Our focus is helping people in our community. Whatever the need is, we’d like to help.”

The group launched its first fundraising efforts in 2012 when Williams saw the struggles of families fighting cancer firsthand after a cancer diagnosis with her sister-in-law Myrna Sutherland, who later passed away from the disease.