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Elected leaders prepare to really serve' the community

PLATTSBURGH Its not the job they signed up for when they took office, but its one theyre looking forward to doing. Elected officials from the town and city of Plattsburgh and the Clinton County Legislature will be servers at the first annual Relay for Life Dinner all in the name of raising money for the American Cancer Society. In a press conference held at the Plattsburgh-North Country Chamber of Commerce April 25, Joan Brown, director of special events for the local chapter of the American Cancer Society, announced the event will be held at The Burgundy Room on State Route 3 Tuesday, May 13. The dinner will be a chance to see our public servants really serve, she said, with politicians offering quality service and entertainment to earn tips they will donate to the organization. Plattsburgh Supervisor Bernie C. Bassett, who is credited for coming up with the idea of local politicians playing an active role in the dinner, will be among those serving entrees and refilling water glasses in support of the American Cancer Societys mission to Celebrate. Remember. Fight Back. The idea that we can serve the community, serve a cause like this, is something Im pleased were able to do together, said Bassett. The theme of celebrating, remembering and fighting back is just phenomenal and there will be a lot of celebrating that evening. Plattsburgh Mayor Donald M. Kasprzak concurred with his political colleague, saying it gives local leaders the chance to give back and demonstrate how the city, town and county are able to work together for a common goal. Just to be invited to be a part of this event is special, Kasprzak said. I look forward to it. Were going to have a lot of fun. Clinton County District 4 Legislator Sara E. Rowden will join Bassett and Kasprzak and will also perform that evening with The Boobie Sisters, a comedy troupe composed of breast cancer survivors. Rowden herself is a breast cancer survivor who has been cancer-free for seven years. Having breast cancer was probably one of the worst things to happen to me and, in some ways, it was probably one of the best things that happened to me, she remarked candidly. Because, through dealing with that illness, Ive been able to reach out to other people and help them. Rowden is one of 10 million cancer survivors across the nation, a statistic which is growing in favor of those afflicted with the disease, said Brown. We all know that 25 years ago when somebody said the word cancer, we just assumed it was a death sentence, said Brown. Saras one of those many, many people who are here to say that is not true. Brown said she hopes this years Relay for Life which will be held overnight at Clinton County Fairgrounds in Morrisonville June 14 and 15 will exceed the number of participating cancer survivors. Last year, 215 participated; this year, the organizations goal is 230. The Relay for Life dinner, said Brown, is by invitation only. Those interested in attending or more information about the upcoming Relay for Life walk may contact her at 297-7787 or via e-mail at joan.brown@cancer.org.

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