A check for $3,000 was recently presented to the American Cancer Society and Relay for Life by Starved Rock Lodge & Conference Center as a result of several fundraising efforts during the month of October. The first fundraiser was “Hike for a Cure” where participants made a donation and walked to the top of Starved Rock. The event also included raffle prizes. Throughout the month, pink buckets were sold with cocktails or ice cream and a portion of the proceeds was donated. Also, a portion of the proceeds from an overnight stay package called “Think Pink for the Cure” was added to the total. Lodge employees donated to the cause every Friday in October when they were allowed to wear pink T-shirts with the “Hike for a Cure” logo and jeans. “We were so pleased with what we were able to do for this worthy cause,” said Lodge CEO Amy Trimble, “We’ve already set October 14, 2018 for the next year’s Hike for a Cure!” “The purpose of both events is to celebrate breast cancer survivors, help those in the fight and remember those we’ve lost,” said Aimee Holland of the Relay for Life team that works with the Utica Business Association. Donations will go directly to the American Cancer Society.
Pictured from left to right: Des Ratajczak (Back Door Lounge Manager), Mitch Wagner (Executive Chef), Amy Trimble (CEO/Starved Rock Lodge), Aimee Holland (Relay for Life/American Cancer Society), Kathy Casstevens (Marketing Director), Missy Krolak (Front Desk Supervisor).