Komen Tri-Cities racing for the cure, Humane Society Cattails Dogwood Ball set for Saturday

Sue Guinn Legg • Mar 14, 2018 at 9:53 PM

Individual runners, walkers and teams are lining up to join the fight against breast cancer at the annual Komen Tri-Cities Race for the Cure April 21 in Kingsport.

Coordinator Lore Brown at the Komen East Tennessee office in Kingsport said registration for this year’s fund and awareness raising race has been open for a while and participants and volunteers are needed.

The event features a 5K run, timed or untimed, and a one-mile family fun run or walk set to begin at at 8 a.m. Saturday, April 21, at the Kingsport Center for Higher Education at 300 W. Market St. — a new starting point for a new course without the end-of-race hill climb that put past race participants to the test.

The registration fee is $35 for adults, $30 for youths ages 14-18, $30 for breast cancer survivors and fighters and $25 for kids age 13 and under who would like to run or walk the course untimed and additional $5 for a timed 5K run.

Participants may sign up individually or with a team and will have their choice of a free personal fundraising webpage, a fundraising app or fundraising Facebook page where their friends and family may add their sponsorships to the fight.

Seventy-five percent of the proceeds raised in the event stay in the local community to help provide educational breast health programs and breast cancer screenings and treatment, and the remaining 25 percent goes to the Susan G. Komen Research and Training Grants program.

In addition to raising funds, Race for the Cure increases awareness of breast cancer and ongoing work to eradicate it, celebrates breast cancer survivors and honors those who have lost their battle with the disease.

More information about how to be a part of the event is available at the website komeneasttennessee.org or may be obtained by contacting Susan G. Komen East Tennessee at 423-765-9313.

The Washington County Humane Society’s annual Dogwood Cattails Ball is set for Saturday night, March 24, at the Millennium Center.

A fun-filled evening of dining and dancing for and a great reason for animal lovers and their furry friends to dress up, the gala’s proceeds help the Humane Society provide:

• Medical attention to injured animals with no where else to turn.

• Spaying and neutering to reduce pet overpopulation.

• The gift of time for abused and neglected animals to heal emotionally in a loving foster homes while waiting for adoption.

Gala highlights this year include a Vera Wag Fashion Show for furry fashionistas and a VIP (Very Important Pet) room staffed by loving volunteers for four-legged guests in need of quiet time away from the party.

The dress is “black tie creative,” meaning anything goes, including fun, theme-fitting costumes.

The party starts at 6 p.m. with Yappy Hour signature drinks and the Dogwood Cattails Ball’s live and silent auctions.

A four-course dinner will be served at 7 and will be followed by awards presentations to individuals who go above and beyond in their support of the Humane Society, the community and the welfare of others.

The night wraps up with after-dinner dancing with DJ Michael Hawkins and everyone leaves a hero for giving an abandoned animal a second chance at a happily ever after ending.

Tickets start at $125. For more information about the ball visit www.hswctn.org or call the Humane Society at 423-926-8553.

If there is a need or a project in your neighborhood the Good Neighbor column can assist with, contact Sue Guinn Legg at 423-722-0538 or P.O. Box 1717, Johnson City, TN 37605.

Email Sue Guinn Legg at slegg@johnsoncitypress.com. Follow her on Twitter @sueleggjcpress. Like her on Facebook at facebook.com/sueleggjcpress.

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