Relay for Life supper honours Pat Kneeland

JULIE BERTRAND/Independent reporter

Friends and relatives of Pat Kneeland got together on May 14 to have their second annual Relay for Life Ukrainian supper at the Donalda Hall.

The event was a success, with 175 people showing up to eat and to bid on items for the silent and live auctions.

“Community support was amazing,” said Jody Blouin, daughter of Kneeland and organizer of the event.

“We had a really good turnout.”

Guests demonstrated generosity by starting bidding wars on pies during the live auction.

“We were selling pies up to $200 each,” said Blouin.

Local businesses donated many items for the silent auction, with relatives sending items from as far as Cochrane.

“We believed we raised around $4,500. It will go to the Canadian Cancer Society,” said Blouin.

The supper should be the last cancer fundraising event for a while in Donalda.

“Everything is coming to a close here more quickly than what we were expecting,” said Blouin.

“If mum hadn’t passed away, we probably would have done a couple more of fundraisers.”

Well-known Donalda resident Pat Kneeland passed away on April 25, after a two-year battle with cancer.

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