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Relay for Life 'cocktails' fundraiser reprised at South Hills County Club

| Wednesday, March 27, 2013, 9:02 p.m.

The John F. Slater Funeral Home's Relay for Life team Community Spirit will host the third annual Cocktails for a Cause fundraiser on April 4 at the South Hills Country Club.

Tickets are $35 each in advance, $40 at the door, and include one free drink from the bar, wine tasting and hors d'oeuvres. Additional drinks can be purchased at the bar.

All proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society through the June 21 Relay for Life event at the Baldwin High School stadium, said Christine Crompton, outreach and aftercare coordinator at the John F. Slater Funeral Home.

“We're all here obviously for similar reasons ... Everybody knows somebody who was touched by cancer,” Crompton said. “It's a great way to support your community.”

Last year, team Community Spirit raised $8,000 for the American Cancer Society, Crompton said. Half of that came from the Cocktails for a Cause event, while the other half was through donations and luminaries for Relay for Life.

About 100 people attended last year's Cocktails for a Cause, Crompton said.

“We'd love for this to continue and get bigger every year,” Crompton said. “It's a real community event.”

The event highlights are a performance by Nick Fiasco, a Frank Sinatra impersonator, and a Chinese auction and silent auction that include prizes of theme baskets. The baskets include photography packages, passes to places such as the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium, Tickets to the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera and certificates to local restaurants, salons and other businesses, Crompton said.

“(More prizes) are coming in daily,” Crompton said.

Also new to this year's event is that Crompton opened it up to the other Relay for Life teams to raise funds, she said.

“Even though we're competing, all of the money goes to the American Cancer Society,” Crompton said. “All of our hearts are in the right place.”

Laura Van Wert is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5814 or at lvanwert@tribweb.com.

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