Donations Needed for Lubbock Hope Lodge Library Fundraiser - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

3/4/09

Donations Needed for Lubbock Hope Lodge Library Fundraiser

(LUBBOCK, TX) - Clear out your closets and have someone else haul away your "treasures" for a good cause. The public is being asked to donate items to a community-wide garage sale benefiting the Lubbock Hope Lodge Library.

The Lubbock Hope Lodge is a project of the American Cancer Society that will offer temporary lodging to thousands of cancer patients and their caregivers who travel to Lubbock for cancer treatment.

The Lubbock Hope Lodge will be located adjacent to the Ronald McDonald House and will offer 32 patient suites as well as shared living room, kitchen, dining, fitness and meditation areas. The Lodge will feature a library to be named in honor of the late Sherilyn Stephens. Stephens owned and operated Good News Bookstore with her husband, Mark, for 19 years before selling it in 1999. She passed away in June 2008 from bone cancer.

The community is encouraged to donate and purchase items at the sale, which is tentatively set for Friday, March 13, and Saturday, March 14, at 7720 S. University, formerly the location for Zida and Good News Bookstore. The deadline to donate items to the sale is Friday, March 6.

Item pick-up can be arranged by calling Steve Bohannon at (806) 790-0798 or Mark Stephens at (806) 535-9260. All proceeds will benefit the Sherilyn Stephens Library of the Lubbock Hope Lodge.

A fundraising campaign to build the lodge, the first one in Texas and also the first to serve a primarily rural area, began last year and has raised almost $8 million towards its $10.8 million budget. It is expected to open in 2010.

For more information about the Lubbock Hope Lodge or to make a gift, contact Mikell Bollinger, director of major gifts for the American Cancer Society at (806) 792-7128.

The American Cancer Society is dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by saving lives, diminishing suffering and preventing cancer through research, education, advocacy and service. For more information anytime, call toll free (800) ACS-2345 or visit http://www.cancer.org .

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