Though the Belmont Stakes is held in New York, locals who don’t feel like traveling can still get in on a piece of the action, all while contributing to a good cause.
Race Day Soiree, a new event benefiting Centre County’s chapter of the American Cancer Society, will be held this Saturday, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., on the back lawn of Blake and Linda Gall’s home in Boalsburg.
The outdoor event will feature food catered by Dan Rallis, live jazz from Andrew Jackson and the Back Ali Jazz Band, thoroughbred video horse racing, and, of course, a viewing of the big race.
“Funds raised through Race Day Soiree will help the American Cancer Society provide support to Centre County residents, as well as fund our life-saving research program that has lead to most of today’s advancements in cancer treatment and prevention,” said Nathan Leopard, Distinguished Giving Director of the American Cancer Society’s East Central Division.
Last year, American Cancer Society programs helped 213 local residents. These programs have touched Leopard personally. When his grandfather was diagnosed with cancer, the only way his grandmother was able to get him to treatment 50 miles away was with the help of the American Cancer Society’s Road to Recovery program.
“Hundreds of people around the country face those same circumstances, and the Society can help,” Leopard said.
Race Day Soiree tickets are still available at $150 per person; Leopard encourages those who are interested in purchasing tickets to contact the Centre County Chapter of the American Cancer Society as soon as possible at 814-234-1023 or online at www.acsracedaysoiree.com.
“Having cancer is tough … finding help shouldn’t be,” Leopard said, encouraging those fighting cancer to reach out for help by contacting the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345.