Macon's Oktoberfest Helps Raise Breast Cancer Awareness

6:15 AM, Oct 26, 2012   |    comments
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Several groups are teaming up to help save lives with an Oktoberfest fundraiser that brings a bit of Bavarian culture to Macon.

"Right now we're in the process of transforming the Armory Ballroom into a Bavarian Beer Hall," says Brent Shavers, director of catering for the event. "Behind us we've got long tables set up. We've got Back City Woods playing music. We've got the Rookery catering and the Moon Hanger Group providing food."

Though this Oktoberfest event touts food and "bottomless beer" with each ticket, what makes it special is that it benefits the Central Georgia Breast Care Center at the Medical Center and Paint the Town Pink, the October-long effort to raise breast cancer awareness and emphasize the importance of mammograms.

Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer in women. One in eight women will have that diagnosis in their lifetime. That's the bad news but the good news is that it has the highest cure rate of all cancers with early detection.

Nancy White, Director of Oncology at the Medical Center of Central Georgia says Oktoberfest hopes to raise awareness about the disease and help provide mammograms for women who can't afford them.

Shavers says Alpine Adventure Trails tours as well as a host of other sponsors will help amplify that message. 

Tickets are available at the Rookery or Friday night at the door at the Armory Ballroom.   

The event starts at 7 p.m. and lasts until midnight.

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