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Masquerade for a Cure coming up Saturday

By Oniska Blevins | The Selma Times-Journal

Entune is teaming up with the Blackbelt Benefit Group to host the “Masquerade for the Cure Gala” and silent auction on March 10 at 6 p.m.

The attire for the masked themed gala is formal, and will take place at the Carl C.  Morgan Convention Center.

Tickets are $50 for couples and $30 for individuals. All proceeds will benefit Selma-Dallas County American Cancer Society Relay for Life.

Sharesha Sneed, meditech coordinator for Vaughan Regional Medical Center, said the fundraiser is an effort put together by the Vaughan Regional Medical Center team of Relay for Life. She said not only does cancer have a large effect on the community, but it also  has had a lasting impact on the people at Vaughan specifically.

“Our Vaughan family has been hurt from it,” she said. “We have a lot of co-workers that has or have had cancer.”

Sneed said the Entune organization consists of five of Vaughan’s employees, and the gala is the group’s first event. She said they teamed up with the Blackbelt Benefit Group because of their expertise in these types of events.

Sneed said the goal for this event is to raise $20,000, and the silent auction portion of the gala is another way to help them reach that goal. She said some of the things the group will be auctioning are boat rides, facials and paintings.

Sneed said because of fundraising efforts like this one, they can help fight cancer. She said these fundraisers help the fight against cancer and provide the funds needed for research, medicines and technology that could lead to a cure or help save someone’s life.

“Technology has changed things with cancer and it has changed things because of relaying for cancer,” she said.

Alvin Craig, Relay for Life event lead, said they are excited bout the event and are expecting a crowd of about 150-200 people on Saturday.

“The participation has been overwhelming,” Craig said.

Craig said there is a high cancer rate in Selma, and even if people in the community do not have cancer, they most likely know someone that does. He said the goal is to try to bring the city together while raising money for cancer research.

All guests must be at least 21 years old to purchase a ticket and attend the event.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.evenbright.com or contact Alvin Craig at (334) 538-0771. To donate to the Vaughan Regional Medical Center team of Relay for Life Selma Dallas County visit www.relayforlife.org and select the Vaughan Regional Medical Center team.