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'Help Sami Kick Cancer' Music, Camaraderie Saturday At Honey Dew Acres Canton, NY


Last updated 8/31/2015 at 5:46pm

Sami Curtis

Several musical performances have been scheduled for "Help Sami Kick Cancer" on Saturday at Honey Dew Acres, 169 Post Road, Canton.

Sami Curtis is a 16-year-old Canton girl who has recently had a malignant brain tumor removed and is looking to use her condition to help raise money for the St. Lawrence County Cancer Fund, an organization for which Sami serves as a board member.

Sami is the daughter of Jim and Karen Curtis.

She has been a board member for the St. Lawrence County Cancer Fund since 2012 when she was just 13 years old. She has been involved with the Edward I. Moses Walk/Run for Life since the age of two and has helped raise thousands of dollars for cancer research in St. Lawrence County. Now, Sami has an opportunity to start a fundraiser for herself.

"For a long time, ever since I've been on the board, I've wanted to have a big fundraiser," she said. "I hope this brings more recognition to what the St. Lawrence County Cancer Fund does."

Although the Curtis family does utilize the services provided by the St. Lawrence County Cancer Fund, Sami wants to make it clear that 100 percent of the money raised by this event will go to the cancer fund and not to her personal situation.

Mr. Curtis says the family hopes to spur community support for the St. Lawrence County Cancer Fund by rallying people from the area around Sami.

"We all need to watch each other and be in support of one another," he said.

The event will kick off with a horse show beginning at 9 a.m. All other activities begin at 10 a.m. and run until 6 p.m. and will include a bounce house, carnival games, wagon rides and a dunk tank.

The event will be featuring live music throughout the day. Jerry Manor will be emceeing from 10 a.m. to noon and Rob Larrabee will begin his performance at noon. Country and western band The Buckskins will play from 2 to 4 p.m. at the outdoor pavilion and The Waydown Wailers will be playing in the indoor venue from 4 to 6 p.m. All events will take place rain or shine and will be housed in the indoor arena if the weather does not permit an outdoor performance.

There are also two new fundraisers to benefit the St. Lawrence County Cancer Fund's efforts. A wing night will be held at the Lone Wolf Saloon at 107 Church St. in Hermon on Wednesday beginning at 4 p.m. All server and bartender tips will be donated to the St. Lawrence County Cancer Fund.

There will be a can and bottle drive set up by friends of Sami Curtis at Bessette's Bottles n Beverages on Gouverneur Street. Cans and bottles can be dropped off and requested to be donated to the "Kick Cancer for Sami" account.

Volunteers are still being accepted for the event and anyone who is interested in volunteering should attend the volunteer meeting Tonight at 6 p.m. at Honey Dew Acres.

For more information on the event, or if you are interested in volunteering contact Peggy A. McAdam, owner of Honey Dew Acres, at 379-1035. If you would like to make a business or personal donation to the event, or if you want to volunteer to sit in the dunk tank contact Carolynn L. Halford by phone at 212-9763 or by email at

Donations to the horse show and the event are also still being accepted. Horse show sponsorships include Class sponsor, $25; Division High Point Sponsor, $100; Specialty Class Sponsor, $100 and Specialty Class High Point Sponsor, $200. Please include a memo of how you would like the sponsorship labeled. Checks can be made out to Honey Dew Acres, LLC 169 Post Road Canton, NY 13617. Questions about the horse show and sponsorship can be answered by Honey Dew Acres at 379-1035.

Tax deductible sponsorship donations can be made to the St. Lawrence County Cancer Fund. There are several levels of sponsorship for this event. A sponsorship of $500 and more will be classified as a gold level sponsor, a silver level sponsor ranges from $250 to $499, a bronze level donation will be $100 to $249 and any amount under $100 will be classified as a VIP sponsorship. Checks can be made to St. Lawrence County Cancer Fund with memo "Help Sami Kick Cancer" and should be sent to PO Box 291 Canton, NY 13617. Any questions about direct donations can be answered by Norma Jean Coloton at 386-5257.

Goods and services can also be donated for the raffle that day. Gift certificates, gift baskets, and other small items can be dropped off at either The Ashley House, Park Street, Norwood or LeBerge and Curtis Rental Center on Route 11 in Canton.

There is also an opportunity to purchase a "buy it now" package and all money for this package goes to the St. Lawrence County Cancer Fund. The package is a "stay and play" for two at the Best Western University Inn. It includes a two night stay at the hotel and two days of golf. The cost is $500 and anyone interested should contact Mrs. Halford.

"Help Sami Kick Cancer" also has a Facebook event page made which contains further information regarding the festivities and will be updating sponsor and event information as it becomes available.


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