Monday, December 19, 2011

Wreath contest raises $4,090 for Cancer Navigators with wreath auction

Media release: The halls of the Harbin Clinic Tony E. Warren, MD Cancer Center were decked out early during the holidays with designer wreaths up for auction. The Masterpiece Wreath Auction benefited Cancer Navigators, a local nonprofit that helps cancer patients on their journey, and raised $4,090 for the group.


he money was presented to the Cancer Navigators board of directors at its December meeting.

Area florists, garden clubs, businesses, interior designers, nonprofits, cancer survivors and individuals participated in creating one-of -a-kind wreaths. The festive wreaths lined the walls of the Cancer Center for most of November.


"This event kicked off the holiday season and helped raise much-needed funds as well as awareness for Cancer Navigators," said Charlotte Atkins, executive director for the group. "The Harbin Cancer Center, its staffers and oncologists are dedicated to providing conscientious care to patients and we are honored that Cancer Navigators gets to partner in that continuum of care for local patients during such a challenging time."


The wreath auction featured 47 original wreaths. In addition to bidding on the wreaths, the public was invited to vote for their favorites. Votes were $1 each and the wreath with the most votes received the People's Choice Award. This year's winner was the Camellia Garden Club's candy cane-adorned creation.


Here are the top vote-getters in various categories:

Garden Club – Camellia Garden Club

Individual – Kristy Elliott

Florist – Flowers and Gifts by Joan

Business –Traditions

Cancer Survivor – Betty Rogers

Nonprofit Group – Cancer Navigators


Janice Hopkins, director of the Harbin Clinic Cancer Center, said "We are always looking for ways to help our patients and their families meet needs that arise. With this being the first Christmas in our new Cancer Center, we combined showing our holiday spirit with the opportunity to raise money to help Cancer Navigators fulfill their mission of assisting cancer patients in the area with support and resource needs.


"The willingness of merchants, garden clubs, decorators and private individuals to create unique wreath masterpieces for the project was overwhelming. Not only did the patients and their families enjoy the wreaths, but it also brought in many generous people from the community to view, vote and bid on the beautiful wreaths. The fundraising project was a great success and raised more than $4,000 dollars for a very worthy cause! The staff and physicians at the Harbin Clinic Cancer Center appreciate the outstanding community effort and response to this holiday project."


Atkins says the effort means a great deal to Cancer Navigators. "We so appreciate that the Cancer Center took the initiative to do this event on our behalf. We have some loyal supporters who love doing fundraisers to help Cancer Navigators because they know that every dollar raised stays right here in our community to make a direct difference in cancer patients' lives."


Cancer Navigators' Third Annual Holiday Ball fundraiser is now under way, with more than 1,000 keepsake ornaments having been mailed out. Atkins encourages those who would like to give to do so by the end of the year in order to get the tax deduction for this year.

Donations may be sent to Cancer Navigators at 3 Central Plaza, Suite 415, Rome, GA 30161.


Cancer Navigators works with patients to guide them through treatment and to help them with the emotional and family stress of cancer treatment as well as helps to obtain a wide range of services from government and social agencies in the community. For additional information, contact Cancer Navigators at 706-295-4119 or by e-mail at


Web link for the Cancer Navigators website:


Web link to a slideshow of the showcase of Masterpiece Wreaths:


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