Friday, February 3, 2012

Fundraiser supports cancer forum

Twilight Snowshoe set for Feb. 11 at Valley Club


By REBECCA MEANY
Express Staff Writer

Exercise, entertainment and fundraising will come together next week at Expedition Inspiration's Twilight Snowshoe, Dinner & Auction for Breast Cancer Research.

"The Twilight Snowshoe is a great way to get outdoors and promote a healthy lifestyle while also celebrating EI's purpose to raise funds for research and education," Juli Watson, board member and director of the event, said in a news release.

Ketchum-based Expedition Inspiration sponsors an annual breast-cancer-research symposium, provides funding to young researchers and organizes physical activities to promote health and raise funds for medical research and public education.

The seventh annual Twilight Snowshoe event will be held Saturday, Feb. 11, at the Valley Club north of Hailey. Snowshoe participants will set off on an all-levels snowshoe course winding through the foothills near the club.

The guest speaker is Dr. Kimberly Allison, also a board member, and features a live auction with Larry Flynn and entertainment from jazz singer Susan Fowler.

Live auction items include a 2012-13 season ski pass from Sun Valley Co., two nights for two people at the Idaho Rocky Mountain Ranch, four nights for four people at Glacier National Park and trap shooting with national champions Gary and Mari McStay.

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Following the live auction will be a "paddle up for cash." Money raised during this portion of the event will be reserved for Young Investigator Awards. The grants go to young scientists who have a harder time getting financial support for their research.

Last year $15,000 was raised for that purpose. In total, the event raised $75,000.

"We hope to do that or a little better this year," Executive Director Katie Powell said.

The snowshoe fundraiser provides substantial funding for the annual Laura Evans Memorial Breast Cancer Symposium, scheduled this year for March 8. Expedition Inspiration hosts the free panel discussion so the public can meet breast-cancer researchers and ask questions about latest developments in the field.

"After costs, we hope to have at least 75 percent of remaining money to support the symposium," Powell said. "EI prides itself on having low administration costs, so more funds go to our mission."

Dinner and auction tickets are $95. Tables for 10 are $950.

Powell said those wishing to attend should register "sooner than later, because we have sold out the last three years."

For tickets or questions, visit www.expeditioninspiration.org or call 726-6456.

Rebecca Meany: rmeany@mtexpress.com




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