Carson Tahoe Health’s HopeFest raises $120,000 for cancer patient support

More than $120,000 was raised through sponsorships, and sale of raffle tickets, food and beverage during the 5th annual HopeFest hosted by the Carson Tahoe Health Foundation.

All of the proceeds benefit cancer patient support and no-cost lodging at Carson Tahoe’s Merriner Cottages.

“These funds support our neighbors who are already struggling with a cancer diagnosis and also need help with things like gas to get to treatment, no-cost lodging, and assistance with insurance co-pays,” said Kitty McKay, director of Foundation Development at Carson Tahoe Health. Support is then distributed through the Carson Tahoe Cancer Resource Center.

Headlining the concert was internationally-famed Celtic rock band, The Young Dubliners. The event raffle was sponsored by Dick Campagni’s dealerships, which for the past nine years have donated the grand raffle prize of a choice between a new car or $10,000 cash. This year’s winner was local, Marie Bresch, 91, who was signed up as a volunteer that night. Bresch said she will be gifting the new car to her daughter.

Leading up to the event, Carson Tahoe invited everyone to celebrate hope, solidarity and support for the local cancer community during the 21 Days of Hope social media campaign.

To learn more about the Carson Tahoe Health Foundation, go to To make a donation to support local cancer patients, please call 775-445-5161 or email


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