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Thirsty Whale hosts Thursday night charity fundraiser

The Parthenon

Published: Thursday, March 14, 2013

Updated: Thursday, March 14, 2013 00:03

The Marshall University Relay for Life will sponsor a fundraiser at Thirsty Whale Thursday at 9 p.m.

There will be a $5 cover charge at the door as a donation to Relay for Life. Thirsty Whale will also be offer regular food and drink specials the night of the fundraiser. Entertainment will also be provided. Dylan Rees will be the opening performance at 9 p.m., and Ryan Shorter will perform at 10 p.m. and “Mountain Station” will be headlining.

Casey Fitzwater, a junior music education major and entertainment planning chair for Relay for Life, said he is really looking forward to the event because it benefits Relay for Life and helps local talents to gain more exposure.

Relay for Life is a fundraiser that The American Cancer Society hosts every year to raise money for the funding of cancer research. The fundraiser supports cancer patients with wigs and other beauty techniques to improve their self-image during chemotherapy and radiation treatments, and “Road to Recovery,” which is a support system where volunteers drive cancer patients to get treatment.

“I’m hoping for a good turnout with this fundraiser so we can raise as much money possible for Relay for Life. We’re on our way to our goal, but in the end I’m hoping to exceed the expectations for the actual Relay for Life event,” Fitzwater said. “So come out, support local music, support Relay and enjoy some food and drinks.”

This year, the Marshall University Relay for Life goal is $26,000. Right now, the Relay for Life team has $16,000 left to raise before reaching the goal. The actual Relay for Life event will be Friday, April 26 at 6:00 p.m. on Buskirk Field at Marshall University. The Relay for Life team is looking for more teams to sign up and help fundraise for the upcoming event, and for survivors or people who know survivors to be recognized and honored at the Relay for Life event.

“As many people know, Relay for Life is close to my heart. I am extremely excited about and how much it can potentially help with our goal of $26,000,” Briana Wayland, director for Relay for Life, said. “There is no way it would have come together without Corey Fitzwater, the Entertainment Planning Chair and the guys from ‘Mountain Station’ putting all the performances together.”

Courtney Dotson can be contacted at dotson72@marshall.edu.

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