Fundraising gala to honour local mother, raise funds for cancer research
Airdronians are being asked to help celebrate the memory of one local mother and help raise funds for cancer research, at the eighth annual Pat McFarlane Cancer Research Foundation’s annual gala on Oct. 19.
Pat McFarlane – first wife of Airdrie Chrysler Dodge Jeep’s Assistant New Car Sales Manager Steve McFarlane – passed away from a five-year battle with cancer in October of 2000.
The gala – which began in 2005 – has raised more than $100,000 to date, with last year’s total amounting to $36,000.
“I’d love to see us get close to the $40,000 mark,” Steve told the Airdrie City View.
Steve donates a portion of his September salary to the fundraising cause, and is supported by Airdrie Chrysler Dodge Jeep, which also makes a yearly donation and supports the event.
The event is gaining momentum with 160 people taking part last year. Current tickets sales for this year are just a “few tickets short of 200.”
The event is a family affair with Steve’s daughter Amy, 28, as the president of the foundation, nephew and brother and sister-in-laws who are also all part of the team and put the gala together.
“We’re very passionate about (cancer research),” he said, adding his family has been tragically affected by the disease.
“My father passed away (from cancer), then my mom last year, and just as recently as a week ago my father-in-law,” he said.
The gala will take place at the Varsity Community Centre in Calgary and tickets cost $50, the night will feature dinner, dancing and a silent auction.
Donations or tickets can be arranged by contacting Steve at Airdrie Chrylser Dodge Jeep at 403-948 -2600 or by contacting Rick and Karla Kroeker at 403-269-7022.
“(Pat) would have really enjoyed it,” Steve said. “She had a giving and caring nature.”