The community will be gathering for the 23rd Annual Camanche Muscular Dystrophy Fundraiser this weekend.
Festivities include a hog roast and live entertainment at Imperial Lanes and a five-on-five basketball tournament at Camanche Schools.
The event started when Cheryl Paasch, whose sons Josh and Jason both have Muscular Dystrophy, decided to start an event in Camanche to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
In the 22 previous years the event has raised over $321,000. The money raised is used in a variety of different areas to benefit patients with MD, such as clinical research, patient services and medical aides, just to name a few.
Paasch says the event is made possible by her committee of friends and volunteers who help with the planning each year.
“Once it gets close to March, we all walk, eat, sleep and breathe the Besides the hog roast and basketball tournament, one of the biggest events is the cake auction. Local bakers and bakeries compete to have the most elaborate and unique cake, and most importantly raise the most money for MDA. Most of the cakes go for about $200 to $1,000 and sometimes even more. Some of the creations in previous years included a cake topped with plates of spaghetti, a flip-flop cake and a replica of Wrigley Field.
The support for MDA in the community of Camanche has been outstanding, according to Paasch. Not only has the community participated and given generously at this fundraiser, but the Camanche Fire Department also holds an Annual MDA Pancake Breakfast and firefighters go door-to-door to raise money for the cause as well.
“Camanche gives the most per capita to MDA in the Eastern Iowa region,” Paasch said. “And that includes big communities like the Quad-Cities and Clinton.”
Fundraising kicks off Friday with the three-day five-on-five basketball tournament that runs through Sunday at the Camanche Schools. On Saturday, there will be a hog roast from 4 to 7 p.m. at Imperial Lanes. Cost is $8 for adults in advance and $9 at the door and $5 for children under 12 in advance and $6 at the door. In addition to the roast there will be a cake auction, silent auction, basket raffles, 50/50 raffle, kiss the pig contest and an appearance by Atina the Clown. Friday and Saturday night will include live music from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. including bands 3 On The Tree, The Slough Buoys and Greg Dwyer and The Hooters Girls.
There will also be a bag board tournament on Sunday at Imperial Lanes. To sign up for the tournament contact Tim Drury at 259-1573. For more information on any of the events contact Cheryl Paasch at 522-2101. For more information about MDA, visit www.mdausa.org.