Kodiak Daily Mirror - Bars raise money in cancer fight
Bars raise money in cancer fight
by Peter J Mladineo
Jul 16, 2014 | 184 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Bartenders at two different locales in Kodiak might have been visible from a long way off Saturday due to the hot pink shirts they were wearing to advertise a cancer fundraiser.

Male and female bartenders alike at Tropic’s Lounge and the Kodiak Island Brewery participated in the “Tips for Tatas — Saving Second Base” party.

The event raised monies for the American Cancer Society’s Kodiak Relay for Life coming up later this month.

Both crews, from the “little bar” at Tropic’s Lounge and the brewery donated their tips.

Guy Shuravloff and Tad Wellman donated their tips at the Kodiak Island Brewing Co. At the “little bar” in Tropic’s Lounge, Kerry and Kelsea Kearns gave away theirs.

“We raised a little over $3,500 and that was in tips and t-shirts sales,” Kelsea Kearns, a contract administrator for Brechan Enterprises, told the Mirror.

“The brewery raised around $300 for us and the rest of it was raised at the ‘little bar,’” Kearns added.

The event also featured live music by Drew Sablon, whose mix of cover tunes got the crowd revved.

The monies raised go to the fund the local ACS chapter’s main event, the Relay for Life, July 25-26, at Woody Way field.

“The goal is to raise money for the Relay for Life... I can’t speak for everybody but I have more than one family member that passed away from cancer and I think it’s a charity that we all need to pay attention to and we need to find a cure,” Kearns said.

Angela Graham, the co-event chair for the Relay for Life and the office manager for Brechan Enterprises, noted that cancer events have a lot of tangible meaning for Kodiak.

“Our community gets hit so hard with cancer. We’re a small community and I think that being able to rally together and stand behind those that are fighting and those that are grieving and those that have won, it holds us closer as a community,” said Graham.

The ACS Kodiak Relay for Life’s Spash of Color fun run is August 16.

Contact Peter J. Mladineo at editor@kodiakdailymirror.com.

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