Three back-to-back events planned in McPherson will not only be fun, but will benefit women and children diagnosed with cancer in McPherson County.

Jennifer Bonham, president of the Women And Children Combating Cancer board, explained that word is spreading and other organizations within McPherson have asked to benefit them in different ways.

First, the McAir Charity Fundraiser and Open Air Music Festival will be held from 1 p.m. to midnight on Oct. 7 at the Lakeside Park Band Shell. Proceeds from the event will be given to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and WACCC.

The festival will feature a genre of music for everyone, with bands like Smokey Valley Bluegrass, Humanity A.I., Soapbox Troubadours, Morgan Wilk, the McKinney Sisters and Ten Strings.

"We will have our presence there, but we didn't have anything to do with the planning," Bonham explained."I think it's finally starting to sink in that we do try to help in the community. We stay here. I think people are finally hearing about it."

On Oct. 17 at Elyria High School, the girls volleyball team will host a "Dig Pink" night for another fundraiser.

"It's also their senior night, hopefully it will be a good turnout. They will have T-shirts for sale, a bake sale and all kinds of stuff going on," Bonham said.

The third event — the one initiated by WACCC — is hopefully a new tradition.

Since 2003, the organization has hosted the Pink Line Walk, but after lower attendance and weather complications in recent years, the board decided it was time for a new fundraiser.

"You're dependent on weather, that will have an affect on whether you get a lot of people or not so we just decided, 'Let's change it up, how can we have awareness another way other than just walking down Main Street?," Bonham said.

The idea of a pub crawl sparked at a committee meeting and was brought to life after much time and effort by the volunteers of WACCC.

Bonham realizes not everyone knows about their organization, but is hopeful with the new fundraiser, it will attract a new population of McPherson residents.

"I know not everyone knows that we're here, we will talk until we're blue in the face," she laughed. "But sometimes, people just don't know its a great organization to have."

The volunteers worked with local restaurants, businesses and Alcohol Beverage and Control to get the event started.

The result is the Crawl for Cancer pub crawl, which will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 on Oct. 19.

The initial goal was to sell 100 tickets, but the group was surprised by an overwhelming response.

"We had to double it, we've opened it to 200 but I'm almost sold out of those, we have just a few left," Bonham said.

"People are interested, we keep sharing it and hopefully we can get those last few tickets as it nears," she said. "I think with taking off so well, people are excited. It's something to do with your friends or spouse, it's in town and it goes toward a good cause. It's just a fun night out. I think this will become a new annual event for a at least a while. For now, it seems like everyone is pretty excited about it."

The pub crawl will visit Tre's Amigos, Noffy's Sandwich Shop & Pub, Hank's Place, McPherson American Legion, and Delish — Taste Life, which are all within walking distance.

The tickets are $20 and can be purchased at Delish or by calling Bonham at 620-242-4461.

Participants ages 21 and up will receive one beer or soda free at each location, but can purchase additional drinks. At each location, a WACCC board member will be present to give a "WACCC Fact," so participants can learn a bit more about the organization.

"They can learn a little bit about us at the same time," Bonham explained.

At 8:30 p.m. at Hank's Place, there will be drawings, raffles, souvenir cups and door prizes given away.

One out of three people will be touched by cancer — either through their own diagnosis or through a family member, so WACCC focuses support on local cancer patients and their families.

Every time they hear of a new diagnosis, they prepare a combat bag — a care package filled with personalized items to assist the individual and their family as they battle the disease.

For more information visit their Facebook page, Women and Children Combating Cancer in McPherson County.

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