Rhonda Locker, Executive director of Help for Health distributed bidding numbers for the Paddles Up auction to benefit the Health Van. (June Bonasera photo)
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Theresa Nirider honored Hayden Wempen, Dillion Fabrizius and James Hampton for their fundraising efforts in 2011 and the $4,000 donation through T-shirt sales. (June Bonasera photo) 

By June Bonasera, business editor, county10.com

(Riverton, Wyo.) – Saturday night’s 4th annual “Hats Off for Hope Cattle Baron’s Ball” was held at the Fremont Center in Riverton to benefit the Tough Enough to Help Cancer Fund and the Help for Health Van.  According Help for Health Board President Mary Margaret Stockton, the sold out dinner and auction was attended by over 450 supporters and fundraised approximately $ 32,000 for the Health Van and $83,000 for the Tough Enough to Help Cancer Fund. “It makes me so proud to be part of a community that is so generous and giving of their time, money and compassion,” Stockton said. “It’s difficult to put into words how to begin to thank people enough for their support of these programs.”
The fundraiser was co-hosted by Lander Regional Hospital and Riverton Memorial Hospital and was supported over 160 Fremont County businesses, organizations and residents.
In addition to the dinner, raffles and auction, the 2013 Cancer Hero Awards were announced and presented in a touching ceremony, telling the stories of four Fremont county cancer patients and their families that moved audience members to tears. This year’s recipients included DaLynn “Pie” Peter in memoriam, Jennifer Titus in the Caregiver category, Paden Bundy in the Child category and Bill Liss in the Amid Treatment/Survivor category.
Spirited bidding raised a total of $115,000 at the event. (June Bonasera photo)

Spirited bidding raised a total of $115,000 at the event. (June Bonasera photo)

The Tough Enough to Help Cancer Fund was established in 2008 and is funded through donations. It provides assistance for non-medical expenses for Fremont County residents with cancer.  In 2012, the fund received and approved over 95 applications to pay more than $71, 000 in travel expenses, paid more than $10,000 in housing expenses and more than $12,000 in utility expenses.

The Help for Health Van provides transportation services to Fremont county residents. It transports cancer patients to their appointments and treatments in Casper every weekday and is funded solely through private donations. In 2012, the Help for Health Van assisted 35 new Fremont County residents fighting cancer, drove 861 passenger days (with an average of 3 passengers per day), drove to Casper and back approximately 250 times and drove approximately 111,000 miles.

For more information about the programs please visit www.helpforhealthhospice.org

Rhonda Locker, Executive director of Help for Health distributed bidding numbers for the Paddles Up auction to benefit the Health Van. (June Bonasera photo)

Rhonda Locker, Executive director of Help for Health distributed bidding numbers for the Paddles Up auction to benefit the Health Van. (June Bonasera photo)

Volunteers from Attitudes Hair Salon served dinner to a sold out audience.

(June Bonasera photo)

(June Bonasera photo)