After 16 years of raising funds for breast cancer patients in the North Woods, the Ladies Night Out bowling league will present its final Strike Out Cancer fundraiser this Friday and Saturday, June 11-12.

According to longtime organizer Susie Erickson, this event is in its 16th year after having to cancel last year due to COVID-19. It is also the 10th year partnering with Marshfield Clinic Health System Foundation.

“We figured it was a good time to call it quits since members are growing older and the effort to put on the event is too much. Also in our 10th year partnering with Marshfield Clinic we felt it was a good time to put it to rest,” Erickson said.

The event has raised more than $100,000 in its tenure.

The event will take place June 11 from 3 to 7 p.m. and June 12, from noon to 5 p.m. at Eagle River Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 8637 and will include activities, games and raffles.

Although no bowling will take place this year, various activities are planned to be held indoors and outdoors at the VFW, Erickson noted.

There will be a series of raffle tickets available for sale, as well as a liquor lottery, paddle wheels and goodie bags. Attendees can bid on silent auction items throughout the two-day event. Live entertainment also will be provided on site Friday night. 

Auction and raffle winners will be chosen and announced at the end of the day Saturday. Winners do not need to be present to win and will be contacted by Strike Out Cancer organizers to pick up their prizes. 

“Strike Out Cancer has been a great tradition in the North Woods for many years,” said Chris Kautza, gift officer at Marshfield Clinic Health System Foundation. “The final event will look a little different, but will still be a fun opportunity to support local cancer care.” 

Participants are invited to take part in these activities to benefit breast cancer patients through the Marshfield Clinic Northwoods Cancer Care Fund. 

Brats, burgers, hot dogs and beverages will be for sale and the bar will be open in the VFW.      

Erickson said she will miss the camaraderie with bowlers as well as members of the fundraising committee, nine of which are cancer survivors themselves.

Sponsoring this event is Marshfield Clinic Health System Foundation, Eagle Lanes & Lounge, Nimsgern Steel Corp., AmeriGas, Boone’s Building Supply and WRJO radio station.

For more information, call Susie Erickson at (715) 479-1059.