This year, Christina’s 4th Annual Fundraiser to WAGE HOPE to find a cure for pancreatic cancer raised $20,049. Major Jason E. George VFW 12114 (Tehachapi's other VFW Post) will issue a check in the amount of $20,049 to Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.

We are forever grateful to all the people who bought tickets, made cash and silent auction donations, and businesses that participated. Without their generosity, the fundraiser would not have been as successful.

The following organizations also have graciously participated: American Legion 221 and Legion Auxiliary 221. The members of the auxiliary bought, prepared and served dinner. They have been with us for the last three years and contributed so much to our success.

This year, the newly-formed American Legion Riders Post 221 and Women of the Moose have joined our efforts. The Legion Riders put together a poker run in two months and it was very successful. The riders donated 100 percent of the proceeds. The Women of the Moose were very helpful in selling tickets.

Southern Shooters played a very important role in our fundraiser. They took the responsibility of accepting the rifle from Henry Repeating Arms, displaying it in their shop, selling tickets and handling the transfer to the new owner. To Candy and Butch of Southern Shooters, thank you very much.

A heartfelt thanks to Jerry Mulkins for putting a band together again for the third year. Our sincere appreciation to Maria Werth, Jimmy Phillips, Jerry Mulkins and Tracy Barnes (who once again came from Nevada) and donated their time to play for us.

The members of Major Jason E. George VFW 12114 are very grateful and are thankful. What a great effort by everyone in WAGING HOPE. May God Bless all the people of Tehachapi and surrounding communities who bought tickets, made donations and businesses that participated. We will be forever grateful.

Many thanks to our sponsors: A-1 Air Conditioning and Heating; Advance Property Management; Albertsons; All Automatic Transmissions; American Legion Post 221; American Legion Auxiliary Post 221; American Legion Riders Post 221; Anne and Jerry Mulkins; Aquarius Casino and Resort Laughlin; Ashmore Motors; Athans Auto Enterprises; Bank of the West; Barbara and Richard Spohn; Big Papas Steak House; Blacksmith Auto; Canine Creek; Carlos Donuts; Chop Shop; Chukchansi Gold Resort; Creative Office of Tehachapi; Direct Dimensions; Don Laughlin Resort; Don Perico’s Mexican Restaurant; Doctor Beverly Billingsley, DVM; Dr Craig Luther; Doctor Hento; Fabricare Cleaners; Four Season Property Management; Gold Mountain Sports Tavern; Greg and Haydee Athans; Henry Rifle; Jake’s Steak House; John Anthony Christopher; John Christopher; KMart; Save Mart; Larry and Toni Holweger; Marie and Jim Donovan; Paul Benz; Jerry and Liz Eberle; Jerry and Judy Saville; Rodger Rolin; DPT Auto; Kohnen’s Country Bakery; Women of the Moose; Ryan Chappell; Moses Master Carpet; O’Reillys Auto Parts; Perfetto’s Italian Restaurant; Petra’s Mediterranean Deli and Restaurant; Primo Burgers Tehachapi; Red Carpet Grooming; Sears Hometown Store; South Street Digital; Southern Shooters; Tony and Martha Strauss; Tehachapi Furniture; The Tire Store; Tractor Supply; and Walmart Bakersfield.

Alex and Pat Athans are Christina's parents and the organizers of the annual fundraiser.