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St. Rose auctions benefit cancer patients
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Jamie Hutchinson, left, accepts the flag that flew in Iraq on Sept. 11, 2007, from Doris Spray of Great Bend. Spray donated the flag back to Hutchinson and the Heartland Cancer Center at last years St. Rose Golf Classic/Auction. It will now be a revolving auction item. - photo by COURTESY PHOTO





The live and silent auctions promise to appeal to a variety of tastes and budgets at the St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center Golf Classic/Auction, said Stacy Hefley, St. Rose marketing and volunteer coordinator.

The 7th annual auction is set for 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2, at Stone Ridge Golf Course. Cost is $25 and, while advanced tickets are suggested, payment will be accepted at the door. For reservations call Hefley, 786-6284. The cost includes a steak dinner that will be served at 6:30 p.m.; a cash bar will be available.



All proceeds will benefit the Patient Care Fund at Heartland Cancer Center (HCC), which is owned by St. Rose.

The approximately 30 live auction items include seven nights in a two-bed, two-bath condo at Koloa Kauai, Hawaii; one week in November 2011 at a condo in Aruba that accommodates four people; and 10 tickets to the Victory Suite at the LiveStrong Stadium at Kansas City on Saturday, Oct. 15 when the Sporting KC play the New York Red Bulls in soccer.

A new tradition began last year when an auction item was a U.S. flag that was flown in Iraq on Sept. 11, 2007, in honor of the St. Rose Golf Classic/Auction. Doris Spray of Great Bend bought the flag and donated it back.

"Therefore," Hefley said, "we decided to make this a revolving auction item each year. The buyer, who donates it back, will be recognized in the flag display at Heartland Cancer Center."

The flag was flown at Sather Air Base, Baghdad International Airport during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Jamie Hutchinson, cancer center director, and the HCC Support Group made the original donation. Hutchinson served as the chief nursing officer at the 447th EMEDS in Iraq and made arrangements to have the flag flown and dedicated to the HCC.

The silent auction is scheduled in three phases. The first one closes at 6 p.m., the second at 6:20 p.m. and the third at 6:40 p.m. The live auction will begin at 7 p.m.

The approximately 85 silent auction items include gift cards from local businesses, a barbecue grill, a basket with barbecue accessories, golf-related merchandise, watches, jewelry, cosmetics, Halloween baskets, and a red wagon with a snowman.

Kenny Schremmer will serve as auctioneer and Melanie Ryan will sing.

"All of us at St. Rose appreciate everyone who donated to the auctions, as well as the committee volunteers who have given so generously of their time," Hefley said. "We couldn’t do this without them.

"The community has helped us raise more than $330,000 for cancer patients during the first six years of this event," Hefley added. Earnings from the fund are used to help eligible cancer patients receive treatment. It is great to know that we can continue to trust in the generosity of central Kansans."

The Golf Classic will tee off Monday morning.