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Help battle childhood cancer at 9th Annual War on the Shore

Cancer survivor Ashley Otstott, Jay Paterno, survivor Trent Golden, and Founder Patrick McNichol
(left to right) Cancer survivor Ashley Otstott, Jay Paterno, survivor Trent Golden, and Founder Patrick McNichol
7/11/2013 —

War on the Shore
Saturday, Aug. 3 at 5 p.m., Avalon, N.J.

Proceeds benefit the Four Diamonds Fund and Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital.

Did you know that one in 330 people will develop cancer by the age of 20? Join the fight to cure pediatric cancer at the 9th Annual War on the Shore (WOTS) on Saturday, Aug. 3, at 5 p.m. at Jack’s Place in Avalon, N.J. WOTS, hosted by The Elpis Foundation, raises funds for the Four Diamonds Fund and Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital, which help thousands of families facing childhood cancer through superior care, outstanding support and innovative research. It’s also the beneficiary of the Penn State Dance Marathon (THON), the largest student-run philanthropy in the world.

“War on the Shore is the perfect opportunity for Penn State alumni and students, Philadelphia and South Jersey residents and beyond, families on vacation and those affected personally by cancer to come together for one inspirational cause,” said Patrick McNichol, president of The Elpis Foundation and founder of WOTS. “It’s a night of great music, food, drinks and fun for all ages, but most importantly, it’s a night ‘For the Kids.’”

Since its inception in 2000, WOTS has raised more than $150,000 for the Four Diamonds Fund, helping hundreds of families combat pediatric cancer. The Goldens, of York, are one of these families, and they plan to attend the event this year. Fourteen-year-old Trent, diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) in 2003, was deemed cured of his underlying leukemia in 2011.

“Research through the Four Diamonds Fund is why Trent is still here with us today,” said Tammy Golden, Trent’s mom. “And, it’s events like War on the Shore and organizations such as The Elpis Foundation that make this research possible.”

Tickets are $60 per person and include a fully catered dinner from Pappy’s BBQ and drink specials. They are available at www.elpisfoundation.com and at the door. There will be special appearances by Jay Paterno and Adam Taliaferro; a live band from Philadelphia, Long Miles; a bouncy house for kids and a prize raffle with items ranging from high-demand sporting event tickets and memorabilia to spa, restaurant and retail certificates and baskets. New this year there is a one in 500 chance to win a six-day, five-night trip for two people to Ireland, including airfare. Tickets are $50 each and available now online. There’s also a 50/50 drawing, with tickets available online and at the event for $10 a ticket. (Winners need not be in attendance to win either drawing.)

For more information or to donate, visit www.elpisfoundation.com or contact Patrick McNichol at 610-357-1928 or mcnichol@elpisdfoundation.com. The Foundation can be found on Twitter at www.twitter.com/elpisfoundation and on Facebook.

About the Four Diamonds Fund
The Four Diamonds Fund was founded in 1972 by Charles and Irma Millard in remembrance of their son, Christopher, after he lost his battle with cancer at the age of 14. The organization provides comprehensive support, proudly covering all expenses for the treatment of the children not paid for by insurance and assisting families with household expenses. In addition, the Four Diamonds Fund helps conquer pediatric cancer by investing in highly advanced cancer research, including the creation of the new family-centered Pediatric Cancer Pavilion at the Penn State Children’s Hospital. For more information visit www.hmc.psu.edu/fourdiamonds.

About The Elpis Foundation
The Elpis Foundation, founded in 2008, is a 501(c)(3) registered nonprofit designed to make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate through a variety of fundraising events, including War on the Shore. The organization partners with existing charities to raise money for and awareness of their causes. For more information visit www.elpisfoundation.com.

For more information, you may contact:
Meredith Wertz, Public Relations
610-745-3760, mjw274@comcast.net

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