Want to meet a celebrity? It’ll cost you, but it’s for a good cause

Want to meet a celebrity? It’ll cost you, but it’s for a good cause
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It was born back in 2014. A group that would raise money to fight cancer and keep that money local in the Inland Northwest region. In its five years since, the Community Cancer Fund has raised over $13 million with its annual celebrity golf showcases and other events.

“I think that everyone has been impacted by cancer, as an individual, as a family, a friend or neighbour,” said Jerid Keefer, a co-founder of the group. “It’s something that impacts us all and the need is only growing.”

He said this weekend’s showcase should be a fun event with good weather expected.

“For twenty dollars, folks can come out to the Coeur d’Alene Resort golf course on Saturday, and have a great day watching celebrities play golf,” he said. “There will be food trucks and music and games.”

Keefer said they will have three music acts this year and a variety of professional athletes, including baseball players, hockey players and entertainers on the course.

“The Sara Brown Band, the Rub, and then Kelley James will cap it off,” Keefer said.

Celebrities will include Superbowl MVP Marcus Allen and World Series Champion Roger Clemens.

Organizations that are recipients of the fundraising include Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Inland Northwest and Kootenai Health, which together just opened a new Hospitality Center with the help of a $5 million donation from Community Cancer Fund.

“We couldn’t have done it without their support,” said Mike Forness, the Executive Director of our region’s RMHC, who says their Spokane location has also benefitted from the CCF. “The families that come here are just shattered and when they come to Spokane we provide everything they need so they can focus on their ill child. We have had a waiting list for about 8 years, and because of the Community Cancer Fund we will no longer have a waiting list.”

Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital is also a recipient, and said they have been able to open a school for long term patients in addition to funding positions for music and art therapists.

“Music and art therapy are important for the recuperation of our kids,” said Joyce Cameron, Chief Philanthropy Officer at the children’s hospital. “Our kids are very well taken care of when they are here.”

She said being able to do crafts and play instruments just brightens a patients day, during what is otherwise a difficult time for them.

For more information on Community Cancer Fund click here.

For more information on tickets for the showcase and a full list of celebrities click here.