Believe in the Cure held its first fundraiser Saturday evening at the Church of the Savior in Akron.
The group’s mission is to fund the research, education and prevention of cancer for adolescents and adults.
“If you believe in yourself and what has been given to you, you can be cured,” founder and cancer survivor Joanne Filina said.
Guests dined on Greek delicacies made by Finina’s mother, Evangelia Christou, such as tiropita (feta cheese pitas) and spanakopita (spinach pitas), as well as baklava.
There also was a 50/50 raffle and silent auction.
“I’m going to bid on some of the homemade items,” said Bill Chenoweth.
Colleen Denholm and Stacy Rose helped to register the 120 guests and hand out programs.
Anita Kapelewski and Vicki Jones agreed that the cause was important enough for them to volunteer their time.
“I’ve experienced cancer loss in my life with my grandfather and former boss, so I support cancer research,” said attendee Jim Pecchio.
Others in attendance included: Mary January, Chris Meyer, Kristie Kern, Jessica and Steve Tarr, Chris and Theresa Rowe, Terry Cramer, Robert Filina, Arlene Lynch and Jim Fuller.
Guest speakers included Drs. Joseph Flynn and Nick Parasson.
Live music set the mood for the event with the Grammy-nominated Jann Klose Band.
“Most people that are cured say that’s great and move on but Joanne took her good fortune and created this organization and turned it into good things,” Kevin Kern said.
The winner of the 50/50 raffle was Cheryl Hopkins, who generously turned it back to the charity.