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Harness the Hope

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Blog by Bettina Reid | February 24th, 2009

It gives new meaning to the expression “pony” up the cash, Harness the Hope is set for next Sunday, Mar. 1 at Fraser Downs Racetrack & Casino, the second annual local fundraiser for breast cancer research. The event is being organized in partnership with the White Rock-South Surrey chapter of Nite of Hope (www.niteofhope.com) – another breast cancer fundraiser which will take place on April 2. Harness the Hope begins at 12 noon on Mar. 1 at the Fraser Downs clubhouse. For $50, guests get a ticket to the buffet, with a portion of proceeds going to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. The event will feature live horseracing, along with cancer-survivor guest-speakers and performances by Cloverdale musician Steve Danielson and his band. There will also be a silent auction, with all money raised going toward breast cancer research. The best part will be saved for last. Just like at the 2008 event, each person who makes a reservation at the clubhouse will receive a pink umbrella. When the horseracing is done – at about 4 p.m. – participants will take to the track and do one lap with their pink umbrellas – Harness the Hope’s version of the walk for the cure. “We did this last year and it went over pretty well,” says Fraser Downs marketing manager Brock Lazaruk. Lazaruk started Harness the Hope in 2008 after participating for many years in the Richmond Nite of Hope (Lazaruk’s mother sits on the steering committee). “Harness the Hope is something Fraser Downs has always wanted to do,” he says. “We wanted to give back to the community as well as recognize a good cause such as breast cancer research.” Great Canadian Gaming Corp., which owns Fraser Downs, will also be contributing money to the cause. Last year’s event raised over $8,000. “We want to reach similar numbers this year,” Lazaruk says. newsroom@cloverdalereporter.com