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Support Moffat County Cancer Society through Victory Motors fundraiser

Craig Daily Press Staff Report

Victory Motors' second annual Drive for Cancer fundraiser will put the pedal to the metal next week with a whole lot of activities.

If you go

Take a Bite Out of Cancer

• Saturday dinner: Carelli's Pizzeria & Pasta

• Tuesday lunch: Ocean Pearl Chinese Restaurant

• Friday lunch: KS Creations

• Friday dinner: Castle Ranch Steakhouse at the Clarion Inn & Suites

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Victory Motors will be hosting a weeklong incentive for auto buyers starting Monday, with $100 from every car sale going toward Moffat County Cancer Society — a local group that works to provide financial support for those struggling with treatment of the disease.

Folks are also invited to "Take a Bite Out of Cancer" by eating at one of several participating restaurants, each of which has committed to donating 10 percent of proceeds from meals served during selected times (see sidebar for more detail).

Last year, the dealership raised more than $13,000 at its inaugural event, and Victory Motors Co-owner Steve Maneotis said they've set a lofty goal to raise $30,000 this year.

"It's close to our heart because our sister, Irene, is one year into remission of being cancer free," Maneotis said. "I don't think anybody's immune to this disease. It affects most of us, if not all of us, at some point in our life."

Another element of the Drive for Cancer is the Denver Broncos football camp taking place from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at Moffat County High School. The camp will conclude early Thursday evening in order to finish with a barbeque and outdoor movie. The public is welcome to attend.

Athletes in middle school through high school are welcome to attend, which will include former Broncos Rick Upchurch, Ron Egloff, Le-Lo Lang, Dave Studdard, Tom Nalen and more.

Many of these players hosted a camp last fall, including Upchurch, who was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia and has striven to aid others battling cancer.

Registration from the camp will benefit both the Moffat County Cancer Society and the MCHS and Craig Middle School gridiron programs.

The public is also invited to an autograph signing with the former Broncos from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Clarion Inn & Suites.

The big event comes July 25, as the Victory Motors property morphs into an "old-fashioned family carnival" that runs all day with games, food and a silent auction, among other things.

Businesses including Vectra Bank and the Craig Daily Press will have game booths and local artist Amanda Field will provide face-painting, while bounce houses and a cake walk will provide entertainment for all ages.

Other sponsors include Severson Supply, Bank of Colorado, Yampa Valley Bank, Clarion Inn & Suites, KRAI radio, as well as participating restaurants and businesses donating to the silent auction.

According to Maneotis' research, Moffat County saw an average of 55 new cancer cases per year from 2008 to 2012.

"I think it's important that everyone understand that the money stays here," Maneotis said. "It's going to help families in Northwest Colorado. That's what important to us is that we're able to directly affect the lives of our neighbors and friends right here in Northwest Colorado."

Organizers hope the community will turn out in droves for the fun-filled day and to support the good cause.

If you go

Take a Bite Out of Cancer

• Saturday dinner: Carelli’s Pizzeria & Pasta

• Tuesday lunch: Ocean Pearl Chinese Restaurant

• Friday lunch: KS Creations

• Friday dinner: Castle Ranch Steakhouse at the Clarion Inn & Suites

If you go

Old-Fashioned Family Carnival

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 25

Victory Motors, 2705 W. First St.

— The carnival will include games, food, face-painting and a silent auction. Proceeds will benefit the Moffat County Cancer Society. For more information, call 970-824-4422.

If you go

Denver Broncos football camp

6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday to Thursday

Moffat County High School, 900 Finley Lane

— The cost is $20 per player for those in grades six through 12, and proceeds benefit local football programs and the Moffat County Cancer Society. People can register in advance at Victory Motors, 2705 W. First St., or beginning at 6 p.m. Monday at MCHS. Registration for out-of-town players will take place at 5 p.m. Tuesday at MCHS. For more information, call 970-824-4422.

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