Staff members at Flint Community Bank made bracelets as a way to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer fighting efforts. The bank recently donated more than $4,500 to the Cancer Coalition of South Georgia as part of that effort. (Submitted photo)
ALBANY — The Cancer Coalition of South Georgia is calling 2014 “A Year for Hope,” and is off to a good start with a recent donation from an Albany bank and two fund-raising events on the horizon.
Officials say the non-profit organization, which serves 32 counties through cancer screenings, education, research and outreach is looking forward to a new year of opportunities to bring hope to cancer patients and their families in south Georgia. Flint Community Bank recently donated more than $4,500 to breast cancer awareness and the Cancer Coalition.
Pam McDonald, senior vice president of Flint Community Bank, contacted the coalition about raising funds for the organization during Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October.
“(Last year) was an exciting year for the Cancer Coalition,” said Coalition Development Manager Melissa Goodin in a news release. “We are excited about 2014 because of progress we made during 2013, in part due to a new partnership with a local business.” …. “The bank employees wanted to do something big to honor cancer survivors and support research, awareness and outreach for this disease that has touched so many in South Georgia.”
The bank offered customers and community members several ways to support the cause, including a tree of ribbons in the bank’s lobby and T-shirts featuring a special pink ribbon tree logo.
“The cornerstone of the event, however, was the 2013 HOPE Bracelet,” said McDonald. “The leather and pink pearl bracelets were each handmade by members of the bank staff.
This donation comes weeks before two major fund-raising events for the coalition. “A Night for Hope” will be held on Feb. 1 at the Hilton Garden Inn in downtown Albany. A black-tie fund-raising gala, the event will include dinner and live entertainment as well as live and silent auctions. It will honor community philanthropist and cancer survivor Henrietta Singletary.
On Feb. 22, the third-annual “RIDE for HOPE” will be held at Tony’s Fitness Group on North Westover Boulevard, where Spinning International Master Instructor and former professional cyclist Josh Taylor will return to lead two rides during which participants can spin in honor or memory of someone who has battled cancer.
Those interested in tickets for the gala, participating in the rides or sponsorship of either event can contact Goodin at (229) 312-1700 or visit www.sgacancer.org