BENNINGTON -- The Cancer Center Community Crusaders will host their premiere event on May 31 at the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center. The Cupcake Crusade and Community Remembrance will feature a cupcake tasting contest, entertainment, children’s activities, and food vendors from 2-6:30 p.m. A candle lighting ceremony and time of reflection will follow from 6:30 p.m. until dark.

Community organizations, families, friend groups and anyone else who would like to join the crusade to raise funds and support local cancer patients and local cancer research are invited to join the celebration and set up a game booth or activity to benefit the event. No commercial vendors please. Carnival games are especially encouraged. Groups are also invited to form a crew and take part in the Cupcake Crusade. There is a small fee to enter the contest. Participants must bring a dozen full-size cupcakes for the judges and 48 mini-cupcakes for the crowd to sample. Be creative and express the meaning of the word "Survivor" in your entry.

For information on how to register to participate, call Beth Dillard at 802-440-4239 or e-mail beth.dillard@svhealthcare.org. Registration by May 1 is requested.

The Cancer Center Community Crusaders provides financial, physical, and emotional support to members of the community and their families as they strive to obtain the best cancer care and treatment possible.


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The group allocates a portion of the funds it raises to support local and regional research efforts to end cancer.

All funds raised by the Cancer Crusaders and the individual crews, stay right here in the community that the Southwestern Vermont Regional Cancer Center serves, including Bennington and Windham counties and nearby New York and Massachusetts.