It is not too late to contribute to the Hammonton Cancer Foundation’s eighth annual “Helping Our Neighbors” fundraiser set for Saturday, Oct. 10, at the Winslow Manor, Hay and Hall streets.

The group is seeking sponsors and tributes for the event, which begins at 6 p.m., and will feature a buffet dinner with homemade desserts, a silent auction, an honor/memory slide show and entertainment.

Sponsors can help by purchasing an ad in a program book which will be given to the 300 people who attend the event. Individuals can honor or memorialize a family member or friend through a PowerPoint presentation shown during the event with a donation of $5 for a name or $10 for a photo and a name. The deadline for ads and tributes is Sept. 25.

To purchase an ad or to honor or memorialize someone in the PowerPoint presentation or to make a donation, visit or call (609) 561-8585. Donations also can be mailed to: Hammonton Cancer Foundation, P.O. Box 1066, Hammonton, NJ 08037.

Frank Italiano, Frankenstein Design owner and a foundation member, produces the program book with the help of David Mauriello, the group’s president.

“The center spread with all the names of the individuals in the tribute ceremony honoring survivors and memorializing the deceased is my favorite,” Italiano said. “We see how our community is touched and reaches out to help.”

“I find the tribute ceremony to be one of the highlights of our fundraising dinner. Everyone in the room pauses to appreciate the survivors and remember those we have been lost to the disease,” Mauriello said.

Funds will benefit the South Jersey Cancer Fund, an all-volunteer organization formed in 1964, which each year helps hundreds of cancer patients in Atlantic, Cape May and Cumberland counties pay their expenses. Patient financial help includes medical and prescription costs, Cobra, co-pay, lab, utility and transportation bills. In the past two years, the fund helped more than 600 cancer patients, many from Hammonton.

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