“Girls Night Out,” a benefit for cancer victim Stephanie VanDamme, will be held Thursday, Nov. 17 from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Mist Banquet Room of Surftides Resort in Lincoln City. The benefit will feature hors d’oeuvres, local desserts, no-host bar, music, a raffle and lots of silent auction merchandise. All silent auction merchandise is available to the public for viewing and bidding from 1 p.m. until it closes at the event.
Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. However, only about 50 tickets remain. They are available by calling Karen at 541-994-2396, Jacque at 541-994-3734, or can be purchased at North Lincoln Sanitary and Sizzor Handz.
The community has been very generous for the silent auction, and the organizers of the benefit can’t thank them enough. Items include: many beachfront motel rooms, dinner certificates, good bottles of wine, space heater, quilts, blown glass, doggy basket, cat basket, spa certificates, orthodontist certificate, pizzas, subway sandwich certificates, veterinarian certificate, and numerous more! There really is something for everyone.
All proceeds go towards medical costs, which have reached $30,000 beyond what insurance has covered during the past 18 months. In May of 2010 Stephanie was diagnosed with stage four colon cancer with metastic liver cancer. On June 4, she had a full hysterectomy, oophorectomy, and colon resection, and 19 lymph nodes were removed. She then had six months of chemotherapy followed by two liver surgeries and two procedures to introduce chemo beads into the liver through the femoral artery. Now she is going through another six months of chemotherapy with a probable additional surgery. Stephanie is 44 years old. She and Jeremy have four children: Casey and Kody, twin boys 16 years old; Kyle, a son 10 1/2 years old; and Corey, a daughter 9 years old.
Additional donations can be made at the door or brought or mailed to TLC Federal Credit Union, 2004 N.W. 36th St., Lincoln City, OR 97367.