Guest speaker Darmon McGruder, left, speaks about his experience as he and his wife battle with her cancer as a client of Circle of Hope during the 13th annual Circle of Hope Afternoon Tea event held at Robinson Ranch Golf Course in Santa Clarita on Saturday. Dan Watson/The Signal
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Over 200 people united at Robinson Ranch Golf Club on Saturday to participate in the 13th annual Circle of Hope Afternoon Tea, a fundraiser benefiting local cancer patients.

The event was expected to raise over $20,000, which will go towards giving financial, emotional and educational support to breast cancer patients.

“Circle of Hope’s main concern is for today, making things better for those who are fighting cancer right now,” said Pam Ripling, the president of the board and the director of operations at Circle of Hope.

Ripling says while a lot of organizations focus on finding a cure, Circle of Hope’s mission is to give support to those who are currently suffering from cancer by helping them pay their bills and other such needs.

“If you’re worrying about your cancer bills, how can you get well?” said Ripling.

Kristen Bardin, left, and Melaina Bondy pour tea during the 13th annual Circle of Hope Afternoon Tea event held at Robinson Ranch Golf Course in Santa Clarita on Saturday.  Dan Watson/The Signal
Kristen Bardin, left, and Melaina Bondy pour tea during the 13th annual Circle of Hope Afternoon Tea event held at Robinson Ranch Golf Course in Santa Clarita on Saturday. Dan Watson/The Signal

Circle of Hope focuses on serving local cancer patients which means a person must either live, work or receive care in SCV in order to be a client of Circle of Hope.

The Afternoon Tea event was full of entertainment such as food, magic, auctions and live music from professional musician Lance Allyn.

Terri Craigo attended the fundraiser for the second year with her mother, who is a cancer survivor herself. She wished the program was available when they were in the midst of their struggles.

“It’s a wonderful program,” said Craigo.

Her mother, Betty Ragan, was also enthusiastic to see so many people trying to help those in need.

“It’s great to have an organization to help people with breast cancer,” said Ragan.

A conga line of women clap and dance to the song "Celebration" as they weave through the tables to begin the program during the 13th annual Circle of Hope Afternoon Tea event held at Robinson Ranch Golf Course in Santa Clarita on Saturday.  Dan Watson/The Signal
A conga line of women clap and dance to the song “Celebration” as they weave through the tables to begin the program during the 13th annual Circle of Hope Afternoon Tea event held at Robinson Ranch Golf Course in Santa Clarita on Saturday. Dan Watson/The Signal

 

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