A local casino is putting the final touches on a benefit to help the Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks.
Indigo Sky Casino — located near Seneca — will host the second annual Swinging for Pink Dinner/Auction & Golf Tournament, on Friday Aug. 8.
“There are actually two parts to this,” said Kristi Seibert, outreach director with BCFO. “Early that morning is the Swinging for Pink Golf Tournament, which will take place at Patricia Island in Oklahoma (registration at 9 a.m., shotgun start at 10 a.m.). I think that we have room for five spots for five more teams. We are thrilled for that. Then that evening, Indigo Sky is hosting a dinner and silent and live auction for the foundation.”
The evening event will start at the casino at 6:30 p.m. with registration and social hour. At 8 p.m. dinner will be served, with the live auction to follow.
The event started last year when Indigo Sky contacted BCFO about wanting to help raise funds to help breast cancer patients.
“Obviously, I am extremely grateful for the huge hand at Indigo Sky is playing in our fundraising, our awareness, the voice that they have in the community to get the word out about the foundation (BCFO),” said Seibert. “This cause is very near and dear to [Eastern Shawnee)] Chief Glenna Wallace’s heart because she is a breast cancer survivor also. She understands. She is a very proactive lady to try to educate people and she is educated herself as well. It is important to educate our people and our women, try to make a difference.”
BCFO is a resource for individuals and families in Southwest Missouri who are impacted by breast cancer.
The money raised, Seibert said in an earlier interview with the Neosho Daily News, will go to different BCFO programs.
“The most expensive one is our client assistance one, that is when a lady has been diagnosed with breast cancer and she is in active treatment. The foundation reviews her application and what we do is we maintain that household budget, meaning we make house payments, we pay for rent, we pay for utility bills, if there is children in the home, we help with daycare, buy school supplies. We fix cars, whatever is needed to keep her or — we have had men clients as well — to keep them going. On the medical side of things, we don’t pay any medical bills. However, what we do pay are the mammograms, screening mammograms, that is why we partner with our medical community, with Freeman [Health System] and Mercy, is because of the mammograms.”
Prices for the Swinging for Pink event can be found by calling Regina Hammons at Indigo Sky Casino at 1-888-992-7591 or Kristi Seibert at 434-2200.