Tenth Traci’s Hope BBQ set for Oct. 5

BY JOANN WALTER

 

This fall marks the tenth year of the Traci’s Hope BBQ which is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 5, from noon to 6 p.m. at the Fireman’s Field Days grounds located on McFall Road in Apalachin, N.Y.

Gordon Shiner, Traci’s father, has often shared that “Traci had a vision that Traci’s Hope would become something very big some day.”

Traci Gibson was diagnosed with Stage 3b breast cancer at the age of 31. Following ongoing support she received from family, friends and other community members during the seven years she lived with the disease, she wanted to give back by helping others in similar situations.

Traci’s Hope was her inspiration, a not-for-profit fund set up to help men and women who are dealing with breast cancer in our area.

Traci passed away in 2006. But her circle of family and friends has grown significantly, carrying on her wishes to help others in need.

According to her parents, Gordon and Mary Shiner, the group helped 91 people in 2012, assisting them with more than $73,000 toward various expenses.

Traci’s Hope was originally formed to help men and women in Tioga and Broome Counties in New York, and Susquehanna County in Pennsylvania.

The tenth annual Traci’s Hope BBQ will not only have great food, but plan to stay awhile, make some new friends, or even find some old friends. Take a chance on various raffle baskets, purchase a keepsake at Mary Shiner’s merchandise booth, or play the third annual “Ball Drop” for a chance to win a prize. Don’t leave without checking out “Brassieres for Hope,” a unique collection of hand-made bras which will be raffled off. There will also be fun games and crafts for children. Barbeque tickets are $12 each.

In addition, the seventh annual motorcycle run will ride out of Hiawatha Motorcycles, Route 434 in Apalachin.

Registration is planned from 10:30 a.m. to noon and the “kickstand start” will be escorted beginning at 12:30 p.m.  The cost for riders is $15 and $10 for passengers.

Billie Jo Wheeland from Hiawatha Motorcycles said that each year offers a new route, so riders should be prepared for a 50-mile ride with an anticipated arrival at the Traci’s Hope BBQ around 2:30 p.m.

If interested in riding, call 607-761-7290 or email billiej509@hotmail.com