Elephant Butte Lake

Elephant Butte Lake
Elephant Butte Lake

Saturday, January 24, 2015

"Time for a Cure" Cancer Awareness Week at Canyon Vistas

Every year Canyon Vistas RV Resort hosts a Cancer Awareness week filled with different events including a Pickleball tournament, Softball Toss, Luncheons, dinners, Golf putting contest, two auctions - one silent, one bidding and a Cancer Walk. Last year the RV resort donations totaled over $22,000. Of course we couldn't participate in every event but we did go to the bidding auction. The resort had a professional auctioneer and folks showing the different baskets that groups in the resort had donated. There was a basket from the Canadian group, the East Coast, Minnesota, Pickleball club and South Dakota group. All together there were 30 baskets and 2 quilts up for auction. One quilt went for $1700.  I was interested in the South Dakota basket since we are now residents of that state. Bidding was wild(there was a happy hour prior to the auction) and baskets were going for some high bids. So when the South Dakota basket came up I wasn't sure if I could go high enough.

Fortunately not too many people were that interested in that basket so I ended up with the highest bid and won it. There were a number of different items in the basket like BBQ sauce, Lakota popcorn, a bun/bread warmer, taffy, a quilted bag, some jelly, A Mount Rushmore magnet and patch, South Dakota map and vacation guide, Bread and butter pickles, pickled Okra, Cheese dip, peppermint pretzels, chocolate, a 6 pack of Crow Peak Canyon Crème Ale and Sturgis Good, Bad and Ugly wine. Not worth the price I paid but it was for a great cause. Both of Glenda's parents died of cancer and my Mom had cancer so we felt good about helping the cause. The auction bidding brought in over $11,000. Events continue tonight and we should know the total on Monday morning at the Coffee and Donuts weekly informational meeting.

The theme of Cancer Week

Great decorations

The South Dakota basket
 
 
The evening before the auction there was a luminary display for those who had survived cancer or succumbed to it and a moment of silence.
 
Our luminaries for family

Luminary display

Luminary "Pink Ribbon" display
 
 
Today we participated in the Cancer Walk. Registration started at 9 am in the parking lot in front of the Resort office. A course had been mapped out with one loop of 2 1/2 miles with an option to do two loops at 5 miles total. Glenda and I did the two loops. It was a great turn out for the event.
 
Starting line

Walkers begin to gather

Registration

Cancer survivors photo
 
We had planned on going to a social tonight but Glenda is coming down with a cold and not feeling her best so we are at home, watched a movie and some TV.
 
It has been a great week for cancer awareness and we're glad we had the opportunity to help make a difference. The weather was perfect and I think the total will be higher than last year. I'll let you know next time. 

 

 

2 comments:

  1. What a great thing Canyon Vistas is doing. We've lost friends and family to cancer and others are survivors. I've participated in the Relay for Life and rowed on Dragonboats, would gladly participate in more if given the opportunity.

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    1. We are very impressed by the participation of the folks here. American and Canadian. There was a Relay for Life in Peoria, IL that has been very well attended for many years. We were happy to participate here.

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