Olympic Gold Medalist Mark Spitz will be the featured speaker at the second annual Allison's Friends of Hope Benefit and Auction, to be held Saturday, Feb. 4 at the Sunset Hills Country Club in Edwardsvuille.

The benefit serves to help with the genetic research in finding a cure for colon cancer.

Spitz is considered the greatest Olympian of all time. In the 1972 Munich games, he took the gold seven times, a feat never before accomplished by an Olympian, and broke world records in each event.

He has won a total of 11 Olympic medals, the most by any U.S. athlete. Spitz is a highly requested public speaker throughout the world. While in Edwardsville, he will be making a visit to the Edwardsville YMCA.

The evening will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a cocktail reception with Mark and Tiffany Cohen, 1984 four-time Olympic gold medalist at Sunset Hills. This event is by invitation only.

Registration for the party and benefit will begin at 6 p.m and attendees will be able to view auction items and enjoy a cocktail hour with the dinner beginning at 7:30. Individual tickets to the dinner/auction are $100 each.

Payment may be made by check only and should be made out to Allison's Friend's of Hope. This is a non-for-profit organization; therefore your gift is tax deductible under 501(c) (3). Credit cards will only be accepted the night of the benefit for auction/silent auction items only.

Gloria Zupanci is this year's chairperson and can be contacted at 618-656-8752, zupancig@aol.com or P.O. Box 987, Edwardsville, IL 62025.

The benefit this year will raise funds for the following groups:

  • Mary Crowley Medical Research Center (MCMRC) located at Baylor Medical University Center in Dallas, Texas

  • Baylor Cancer Research Center in Dallas, Texas

  • Edwardsville YMCA (Divided between the Foundation for Membership Assistance and the swim team).

  • Local Oncology Group Assistance Program

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