Spring Fling aims for record-breaking year to beat cancer

For the last dozen years, the Flower Children Relay for Life team has been near the top of the heap in raising money for the American Cancer Society. Last year, the Palmyra-based group raised $63,000, placing second in their six-state division. This year, the Flower Children hope for another record-breaker at its Spring Fling.

"It's a fun event, but primarily people come out because cancer has an effect on everybody in some way or another," said organizer Mark Bross. Bross' family started the Flower Children Relay team after their mother was diagnosed with breast cancer.

The Flower Children's major fundraiser happens this weekend. The Spring Fling starts at 5:00 p.m. Saturday, April 21 at the American Legion Hall in Palmyra. Besides the turkey or pork loin dinner, the big draw is the auction. Items available this year include Rams, Cardinals, Chiefs, Royals and NASCAR tickets. Big sellers like hotel, restaurant and spa gift certificates are also up for auction.

The major featured item this year is an 8 X 8 log cabin playhouse, built and donated by Dr. Bill and Sharon Wommack. It includes a porch, loft, and two swings.

Spring Fling tickets are still available by contacting Mark Bross at 573-769-2365. You can also place proxy bids on auction items if you cannot attend the dinner.