Local car enthusiasts assist with local cancer fundraiser

Leap of Faith organizer Tina Gougeon poses beside a 2006 Porsche 911, one of a large number of entries at the Morinville Redliners Show ‘n Shine held at the Morinville Legion Saturday in conjunction with the cancer fundraiser. A total of $8,200 was raised from the event.

Lucie Roy photos

A Morinville woman turned adversity into hope with a fundraiser in aid of the Alberta Cancer Foundation over the weekend. The Leap of Faith Golf Tournament, Silent Auction and Show and Shine took place Aug. 16 at Terrae Pines Golf Course and the Morinville Royal Canadian Legion Branch 176. Although organizer Tina Gougeon had hoped to raise $5,000 for the cause, local support ballooned that amout to more than $8,200 when the numbers were tallied Saturday night.

Gougeon was diagnosed with breast cancer at the beginning of February of this year, had her first surgery by the end of that month, and has another scheduled for Aug. 27. Gougeon says her prognosis is good – the chemo is working, the cancer shrinking.

Through her experiences battling the disease, Gougeon decided she wanted to do something to assist others who are living with cancer, and organized the fundraiser for the the Cross Cancer Foundation.

Like many Albertans, cancer has touched both sides of her family. Her father died of cancer and four of her mother’s siblings have passed from the disease. Other relatives have had and conquered the illness.

Gougeon was overwhelmed by the local support in getting her fundraiser off the ground and running. The Morinville Legion stepped up to co-host the event and many local businesses stepped forward to support it through prizes and promotions. Two of the major elements of the event were an accommodations package in Mexico or Florida provided for the silent auction by Professional Realty, and a $5,000 hole-in-one opportunity, sponsored by Linda Getzlaf of Re/Max Realty.

Car club helps with important cause

The event included a four-ball / best-ball tournament and steak dinner back at the legion. A silent auction ran throughout the day as well as a fundraising barbecue and show and shine, the latter organized by the Morinville Redliners. Twenty-five vehicles were registered in the Show’ N Shine, many of the vehicle belonging to Morinville Redliners Car Club. Redliner co-founder Ron Cust said the club has about 25 members from Morinville and surrounding area and that the club has been in existance for about 18 months.

Cust said the Redliners will be partnering with Smith Music in early September for an outdoor concert, show and shine, and car cruise. He said part of the procedes from that event will be donated to cancer causes.

Doris Jolicoeur standing beside a 1967 Charger 1.

Ron Cust with his 1966 Mercury Parlane Convertible.

Claude Phaneuf with the 1930 Model A Ford kit car.

Frank Preeper with his 1962 convertible Chevrolet Impala.

1964 Mercury Maruader, 1965 T-Bird and 1966 Mercury Parklane.

Ed Pomerleau with the 1971 383-4 BBL Chrysler Newport.

Gib Boddez with his candy apple red 1967 S-33 Meteor Console.

Lil Boddez with the 1976 Chrysler New Yorker Brougham-440-4 barrel she received as a birthday gift in 1978.

Jerry Kaup with his two red trucks: a 1950 Dodge 1 ton and the 1979 Red Express.

Ken Thiemann of the Morinville Fire Dept. with the 1950 Dodge Vintage Fire Pump Hickey truck.

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