Archive for Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Beetle donated to help raise funds

Driving toward a cure for breast cancer

October 18, 2005


David Bach has had quite a few friends and customers affected by breast cancer. He also has a wife and four daughters.

"Fighting breast cancer - it's something that should be important to everyone," Bach said.

So when Bach, the owner of Das Autohaus Inc., was approached about donating a Volkswagen Beetle to help raise awareness and money as part of the Stepping Out Against Breast Cancer Dance, an annual event held to pay for mammograms for uninsured women, he agreed.

"This is a good cause and it felt good that I had a chance to help with it," he said.

This is the first time a car giveaway has been associated with the events tied to Stepping Out, said Nancy Thellman, chairwoman. The events are part of local activities being held for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Nancy Thellman decorates a 1976 pink Volkswagen Beetle after parking it in the CEK Insurance lot, 1011 Westdale Road, to advertise the Stepping Out Against Breast Cancer Dance fundraiser.

Nancy Thellman decorates a 1976 pink Volkswagen Beetle after parking it in the CEK Insurance lot, 1011 Westdale Road, to advertise the Stepping Out Against Breast Cancer Dance fundraiser.

People can enter a drawing for the newly renovated, pink 1976 VW Beetle by making a $10 donation. The drawing for the car will be held at the dance, which will be from 8 p.m. to midnight on Oct. 29 at the Lawrence Holidome, 200 McDonald Drive.

"It's a great little car and just fun to drive," Thellman said. "And the money is for a good cause."

It's hoped that the pink bug will attract $10,000 in donations.

Last year, the Stepping Out Against Breast Cancer Dance raised about $35,000. Of that, about $18,000 was used to provide mammograms for uninsured and underinsured women in Douglas County and about $15,000 was donated to Lawrence Memorial Hospital's Breast Center.

Tickets for the dance cost $25 per person. Tickets may be purchased and donations made to enter the Beetle drawing at the east information desk at LMH, 325 Maine; Das Autohaus, 1045 N.J., Weavers, 901 Mass.; and the offices of radio stations KLWN-AM 1320, The Lazer 105.9 and 92.9 Max, 3125 W. Sixth St. Tickets may also be purchased by logging on to and clicking on the Events and Education Calendar, at the door or by calling 749-5800.

Thellman also said the car should appear at various area banks and stores during the next two weeks. People can enter the drawing for the Beetle at those yet to be named, featured locations.

Special month

The following are events being held in association with Breast Cancer Awareness Month: ¢ Breast Health Symposium - 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, Lawrence Memorial Hospital, 325 Maine ¢ Stepping Out Against Breast Cancer Dance - 8 p.m. to midnight Oct. 29, Lawrence Holidome, 200 McDonald Drive ¢ KLZR/KLWN are featuring breast cancer survivor stories throughout the month ¢ "Healing Through the Arts" exhibits are at the Lawrence Arts Center during October


Richard Heckler 12 years ago

Sounds like a plan to me. My wife is excited about winning this little jewel. Would take us back in history when we began dating.

Shardwurm 12 years ago

Sweet car and awesome that Das Autohaus donated it.

I'll give you and your wife a spin after I win it Merrill.

lunacydetector 12 years ago

it does sound like a good cause. i would double check the entry fee to enter however. it could be construed as a lottery, and i don't think that's legal in kansas.

hope i don't get anyone into trouble if there is a legal issue because i am not going to complain. i am not an attorney.

blondie77 12 years ago

lunacydetector - You are correct to point that out. For legal reasons you can get one entry for free if you request it at the hospital. Of course they are hoping that people will see what a great cause this is and not ask for a free entry.

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