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Borgess to host Relay fundraiser

Published 8:00am Thursday, May 1, 2014

The outside of Borgess Lee Memorial Hospital will again be occupied by second-hand treasures, as the hospital’s Relay for Life team hosts its second annual rummage and bake sale this weekend.

From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, visitors will be able to purchase clothes, books, household items and other goods donated by hospital employees. All proceeds from the sale will go toward the Cass County Relay for Life, which takes place later this month.

“We’re trying to get the entire community involved,” said Tammy Yeager, the human resources and community event coordinator with Borgess Lee. “Instead of just trying to get funds from employees, we decided to get funds from the community as well.”

To help accomplish that goal, the relay committee came up with the idea of a rummage sale last year. The hospital brought in $800 worth of donations during the previous event, drawing a good-sized crowd in the process, Yeager said.

“We’re hoping for a good turnout this year as well,” she said.

As with last year’s sale, there are no set prices for the items available for purchase. Instead, visitors can take home the items they want simply by providing a donation to the relay, Yeager said.

“If someone sees a pair of pants they want, they can pay us whatever they want to give us for them,” she said. “Normally, people are pretty generous when they know the money is going for a good cause.”

New to this year’s sale is the addition of two large screen TVs, which were donated by the hospital. In addition, the hospital auxiliary will hold a bake sale alongside the rummage sale, selling oven-baked treats cooked and donated by the staff.

The Borgess Lee team has a set a goal of raising $3,000 for this year’s relay, Yeager said. The team has held several other fundraisers this year to help reach their goal, raising $1,600 in donations so far.

Yeager is hopeful that this weekend’s sale will help put an even larger dent in the remaining gap, she said.

“There will be a lot of good bargains, a lot of choices,” she said. “The money goes to a very good cause, and it will help the overall relay goal in Cass County.”

This year’s Relay for Life will be held at the APEX Athletic Complex at Dowagiac Union Schools, from 10 a.m. on May 17 to 10 a.m. the following day.

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