BASCOM - Over the past seven years, Harvest of Hope events have raised nearly $40,000, and the funds have been given to Seneca County Cancer patients through Financial Assistance for Cancer Treatment, a non-profit organization.
Last year, 650 people attended and $10,000 was donated.
"We would like to exceed that," said Barb Vogel, one of the organizers.
The eighth annual Harvest of Hope is planned for 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday at Meadowbrook Park Ballroom, 5430 W. Tiffin St., Bascom.
The event again is to raise funds for Seneca County cancer patients through family, friends and the community volunteering to help.
"The FACT board helps usually every year. They're very involved," Vogel said. "It amazes me each year how much involvement is out there. It's just all through the county. People are so willing to come and help and spend the day. There's such a need for that, I believe, right now."
The event is an opportunity for cancer patients, friends and loved ones to join hands with the community to support each other while celebrating life with those who are in remission and/or cancer free. Another goal is to remember those who have died from cancer. A local minister is to offer a prayer for all who have been touched by the disease.
"We put their names on a chain that we connect together. Then there's a segment of time during the day when we say a prayer and remember all those people. There's no charge for that. All they need to do is call us and we'll put their names on the chain, or if they're out there that day attending, we'll put them on then," Vogel said.
The all-you-can-eat buffet meal includes hobo stew, chicken noodle soup, sandwiches, sides and desserts. Carry-outs are available.
The cost is $8 for adults and $4 for children.
At noon, the Seneca County Veterans Council is to
honor veterans with a special program.
A live auction and silent auction are to begin at 12:30 p.m.
Other festivities include a bake sale, door prizes, clowns, face painting, 50/50 drawing, tip tickets for meat and cheese boards and a $1,000 cash give-away.