Knoxville — Cash and silent auction donations for Saturday's Coaches vs. Cancer game in Knoxville are on pace with 2013. Organizer Jim Uitermarkt expects another successful event. Maybe not another record breaker, but a strong fund raiser.
Uitermarkt did not have a firm number for cash donations, but estimates that donations were around $4,000 by Tuesday. Donations will continue to be accepted through Saturday. If you would like to donate, stop by Knoxville High School or contact Jim or Angie Uitermarkt.
Supporters have also ordered a record number of shirts this year, with approximately 1,100 ordered. Shirts can be picked up tonight (Wednesday, Jan. 22) from 6-7 p.m. at Knoxville High School.
On Wednesday morning, the fund raising got started early as members of the KHS girls' basketball team were at West Elementary, decorating the youngest of Knoxville's students. Students had the chance to get hair extensions, temporary tattoos, beads and eye blacks from the team as another way to support the Coaches vs. Cancer event.
The silent auction already has nearly 200 items available for bid and may be the biggest one ever for this event. The silent auction kicks off at 9 a.m. Saturday at the high school. For those who do not plan to attend Saturday night's games, you may examine and bid on items all day. An updated list of items accompanies this article.
Concessions will be available throughout the day and Capt. Coon's barbecue will begin around 3 p.m. (Times for events were erroneously reported in a Jan. 17 Journal-Express article. We regret the error.)
Alumni games begin Saturday at 9 a.m. with 5 on 5 girls, followed at 10 a.m. with 6 on 6 girls, 11 a.m. with another 5 on 5 girls game. Men's games will be played at noon, 1, 2, and 3.
The American Cancer Society was recently asked what was made possible for that organization, with the approximately $139,000 Knoxville has raised through this event over the past five years.
"Thanks in part to the support of people like those in Knoxville and Marion County, the American Cancer Society is leading the way in the fight to end cancer: from discovering lifesaving cancer breakthroughs to helping people with cancer today get the help, support and resources they need to get well," ACS spokesperson Denise Conrad wrote in an email. "In Iowa right now we are funding $3.325 million dollars to nine researchers. Cancer.org and our 800 number help cancer patients and their families daily and our transportation services provides rides to live saving treatments. For example $20 can help provide free information and support for someone facing cancer, $50 can help provide seven rides to or from treatment and $100 can help guide two women facing cancer through every step of their journey."
Look for coverage of Saturday's event online and in the Jan. 31 print edition of the Journal-Express.