Eagles to fight cancer Saturday

Published 5:27 am Thursday, November 29, 2012

The Austin Eagles Club is doing its part Saturday to find a cure for cancer.

The club will host its annual Eagles Cancer Auction starting with a social hour at 4 p.m. and a live auction at 5 p.m.

“We’ve all been affected some how, some way by cancer — that’s why we do it,” said Teresa DeRousse, a volunteer who helps run the auction.

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The auction typically runs until about 10 p.m. and includes items like Minnesota Vikings tickets, Minnesota Twins memorabilia, gift certificates, wine baskets, and some homemade items.

Other events will contribute to the total. The Eagles will host a dart tournament, and in January there will be a cancer breakfast. There’s also talk about the Eagles adding a summer golf tournament next year, according to DeRousse.

The auction and other Eagles events typically raise about $10,000 to $13,000 each year. The money for the auction goes to the Eagles Fifth District Cancer Telethon in Rochester Jan. 19-20, 2013.

All the money raised stays in southern Minnesota and goes to organizations like The Hormel Institute, the University of Minnesota and the Mayo Clinic.

The auction is open to the public, not just members.