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Tanglewood plans events around 15th annual cancer benefit

SEBRING - For the 15th straight year, the residents of Tanglewood are doing all they can to battle cancer by raising funds for cancer research.

Hundreds will volunteer in events held as part of the Tanglewood Residents' Cancer Benefit, a news release adds. So far $430,000 has been raised and would not have been possible "without the support of numerous local businesses," the news release adds.

The kickoff concert in November featured the Sebring High School Show Choir, five Heartland Idol 2013 finalists and Matthew Wacaster. It was sponsored by Newsom Eye, who have also stepped forward as cosponsors of the sold-out fashion show, "TAG for a Cure" being staged Jan. 17 by the Tanglewood Actors Guild. Fashions for the show are being provided by Ideal Golf and GB's Formal Wear.

Alan Holmes of Edward Jones is a "perennial booster" of Tanglewood's activities.

"Once again, he's jumping in with both feet to cosponsor the fashion show, as well as being a model in it. Later, he'll prepare lunch for the cyclists Jan. 25 during "Ride for the Cure,'" the news release adds.

For the third year, Tanglewood and Highlands Little Theatre have joined forces. Tanglewooders will enjoy a special performance of "On Golden Pond" Jan. 21

The longest running cancer benefit partnership has been Heartland National Bank, sponsor of the annual lasagna dinner. This year, 500 residents will be fed Feb. 4-5.

The ninth annual Golf Fore a Cure tournament, being held Feb. 8 at Sun 'n Lake Golf Course, is being cosponsored by Alan Jay Automotive Network, and Edward Jones and Alan J. Holmes.

On Feb. 13, Bill Jarrett Ford will bring six of the latest Ford products to Tanglewood where 250 residents will get a chance to take a free test drive. For each drive taken, Bill Jarrett will donate $10 to the cancer benefit.

This year's benefit will end, as it does each year, with a huge party in the Tanglewood clubhouse. There will be raffles drawings, 50/50 draws, plus music and trivia by DJ Bob Weed, who has donated his time each of the 15 years the cancer benefit has been held. Lunch will be served, and Hometown America will provide drinks. Florida Hospital and Drs. Thakkar, Patel and Avalos are sponsoring the event.

"In addition to major sponsors, numerous businesses have been very generous in donating prizes for many raffles or by becoming hole sponsors in the golf tournament," the news release adds. "Hats off to every one of the local businesses that have helped the residents of Tanglewood in the ongoing fight against cancer."