“Your chance of winning Bunco is 1:12. In the U.S., the chance of a woman being diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in her lifetime is about 1 in 8.”
(source of statistic: The American Cancer Society)
Syracuse Area Bunco for Breast Cancer
Next event: April 25, 2009
Moira Grimes first heard about Bunco for Breast Cancer from the article in Delta’s Sky Magazine (October, 2007). After reading about the many groups organizing Bunco events, and researching the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, Moira thought she’d give it a try in her area.
Moira had no idea just how successful the event would be – definitely evidence that you should never underestimate the power of women! On April 5th, 2008, more than 180 people (men, women, mothers and daughters, and survivors) gathered to play in the largest Bunco tournament the Syracuse area has ever seen! Some came as entire Bunco groups, some came individually. Some came without even knowing how to play Bunco. All came together to support the cause, and to have a good time.
Planning started in January, with a small but dedicated group of volunteers, including Moira’s family members. Thankfully, the Holiday Inn Fairgrounds was generous enough to donate the set-up and use of their banquet facilities.
More than 100 local organizations supported the cause through direct donations to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, door prizes, and prizes for basket raffles and silent auctions.
Thanks to local media, and especially radio station 93Q, word started to spread about the event. Before long, a second banquet room was added in order to fit all the players and all the prizes!
A roaring great time was had by all, and this first-time event was more successful than any of the volunteers ever imagined. $8,511 was donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation!
The event could never have happened without the support of Norene Cook, the Dunn Family, and Hugh and Janet Canham.