Coaches vs. Cancer reverse drawing for Jaguar set for Sept. 20

September 14, 2012

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- In what has become a fun-filled fall tradition, Coaches vs. Cancer-Penn State will team-up with the Bestwick Foundation to host the seventh annual Reverse Car Drawing from 6 to 10 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 20, at Penn State's Medlar Field at Lubrano Park baseball complex.

The event, which has raised more than $175,000 to fight cancer and has been a key component of CVC-Penn State's year-round fundraising efforts since its inception, will see one lucky supporter drive off in a 2012 Jaguar XF. Penn State men's basketball coach Patrick Chambers and X-Games legend Jamie Bestwick host the outdoor gala, which will feature fabulous food and drinks from Danny Rallis and Catering with Style, the Penn State Blue Band, skydivers and live musical entertainment from Tommy Wareham and Pure Cane Sugar.

"I was blown away with the Reverse Car Drawing last year," Chambers said. "It is a first-class event with tremendous people involved and the support from the community was terrific. I'm really looking forward to another beautiful evening at Medlar Field and the opportunity to once again stand with those battling cancer. We can make a difference in the lives of people right here in our community and fight back against cancer."

Only 400 tickets priced at $350 each are being sold to the one-of-a-kind gala. Tickets include admittance for two and a chance to win a 2012 Jaguar valued at over $44,000 or a $30,000 cash prize. Festivities begin at 6:00 p.m. at the home of the State College Spikes and Penn State baseball with the stadium concourse transformed into a garden party with landscaping and ice sculptures. Names will be drawn at intervals throughout the night until one person is left standing to claim the car. You do not have to be present to win.

For information on tickets, contact the American Cancer Society at 814-234-1023 or visit or to buy a ticket online.

"Together we can all do our part to ensure that local families suffering from cancer are not forced to choose between their bills and care for their loved ones," Bestwick, the winner of multiple X-Games medals over the last decade, said. "We need to provide support, emotionally and financially, and show these families that they are not in it alone."

The Reverse Car Drawing will kickoff the CVC-Penn State chapter's 2012-13 drive toward a total of $2 million raised for the American Cancer Society. Now in its 17th year and second under the direction of Penn State coach Patrick Chambers, CVC-Penn State eclipsed more than $200,000 raised last year for the third-consecutive year and has a proud tradition of consistently being ranked among the Top 10 CVC fund raising programs in the nation. CVC-Penn State funds support several ACS local services as well provide an annual grant to the Bob Perks Fund, which provides direct aid to local individuals and families dealing with cancer.

The Bestwick Foundation was established as a means to provide assistance to families in the Centre Region affected by the cruel realities of living with cancer. The foundation distributes 100 percent of funds raised to those needy situations.

Funds raised through the American Cancer Society's Coaches vs. Cancer initiative support the ACS mission to help people Stay Well, Get Well, Find Cures, and Fight Back, both on a local and national level. Due in part to the efforts of Coaches vs. Cancer-Penn State, the American Cancer Society provides direct assistance to more than 200 Centre County residents each year through programs like Reach to Recovery, Look Good Feel Better, Hope Lodge, travel assistance, financial support, and our National Cancer Information Center - 1-800-227-2345.

The American Cancer Society is also the largest nonprofit funder of cancer research, with over $30 million in research taking place in Pennsylvania each year, including three research grants totaling over $2.1 million at Penn State University.

To get involved as a sponsor or participant in Coaches vs. Cancer-Penn State visit or call 814-330-3337.

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Last Updated September 19, 2012