Rally for the Cure at Westbrook

This was the scene from Westbrook Country Club's 8th annual Rally for the Cure, from left: Dan Niss, Brenda Niss, Dirk Schluter, Dave Kracker, Chris Bellamy, Jennie Alt, Bill Wappner.

MANSFIELD -- Richland Countians reaffirmed its fight against breast cancer this year through expanded individual donations and the reestablishment of community fundraisers supporting the Pat Kracker Breast Cancer Fund.

"The pandemic had an adverse impact on our fundraising efforts,” says Rhonda Breit, Pat Kracker Breast Cancer Fund Chairperson. “Many events and fundraisers were cancelled last year. However, we have continued to financially help Richland County women who needed help for this terrible disease.”

The Pat Kracker Breast Cancer Fund was established 25 years ago in memory of Pat Kracker who lost her battle with breast cancer on her 61st birthday.

“The Fund has always been supported by Richland County residents, businesses, and media to help our residents navigate the tidal wave of emotions and financial pain caused by this horrible disease,” says Dave Kracker, Founder. “This year 20 local organizations developed fundraisers to help us fight breast cancer in Richland County.”

Special Pat Kracker Breast Cancer Fund appreciation goes to them and four organizations for their continued effort.

Local businessman Steve Cobb and his Garbage Guys Who Care employees continue to donate a portion their customers’ bill to the Fund.

iHeart and Baker’s Collision Center’s annual Adopt-A-Duck fundraiser combines individual donations with the local business community to raise awareness.

Westbrook Country Club held their 8th annual Rally for the Cure event in August. Special thanks to Dirk Schluter who graciously offered a dollar match and Dan Niss for his generous individual contribution. These made the 2021 Westbrook fundraiser the largest in the Fund's history.

"We are thankful this holiday season for Richland Countians who continue to help us fight breast cancer in Richland County," said Rhonda Breit.

Here lists the 20 organizations who donated to the Pat Kracker Breast Cancer Fund in 2021:

Garbage Guys Who Care

Westbrook Country Club

iHeart/Baker's Collision Center

Forest Hills Golf Course

Kelly's Dairy Bar

Fraternal Order of Eagles

Amvets Post 31

Women's Care

St. Peter's Elementary School

St. Peter's High School

Mechanics Bank

Ontario High School Soccer Team

MANCI

Richland Correctional Institute

DQ East

Kingdom Grace Fellowship

VFW 2920

North Central State College Nurses Association

Texas Roadhouse

Mid-State Multimedia Group

For additional information contact Rhonda Breit at 419-610-4877 or visit www.helpmepat.org.

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