On Sunday, October 23 and Monday, October 24, East Cobb residents Helen Hvizdak and Kathy Bovey Bartelme will co-host a silent auction and golf tournament, both at Indian Hills Country Club. The proceeds from both events will benefit “It’s the Journey,” a 501(c)(3) organization that raises funds for Georgia’s breast cancer organizations. It’s also the program sponsor for the Atlanta 2-Day Walk to fight against breast cancer.

The silent auction will be held from 5-8 pm on October 23. Items for auction will include vacation getaways, sports memorabilia, original artwork, themed gift baskets and more. Additionally, the evening will include a raffle. There is no cost to attend the auction, and there will be appetizers, a cash bar and entertainment provided by East Cobb-based musicians.

The Fore the Cure golf tournament will be held October 24, with registration beginning at 8 am, and a shotgun start at 9 am. Participants will receive the use of a golf cart, lunch and 18 holes of golf. Individual, foursome and corporate sponsorships are available.

Helen and Kathy chose to support “It’s the Journey” in their fundraising efforts for very personal reasons. Kathy is a breast cancer survivor, and Helen’s sister as well as numerous friends have been diagnosed with the disease. “This organization supports all aspects of breast cancer treatment including diagnosis and rehabilitation. It also contributes to breast cancer research at Emory,” said Helen. She also noted that all monies raised for “It’s the Journey” stay here in Georgia. The organization also has received a three out of four star ranking on CharityNavigator.org, which rates charitable organizations based on financial health, accountability and transparency and results reporting. Last year, Helen and Kathy raised $44,000 for “It’s the Journey,” and they hope to exceed that this year, especially with the addition of the silent auction.

For more information on the tournament, to sign up or to donate, please visit www.forethecuregolftournament.eventbrite.com. For more information on “It’s the Journey,” please visit itsthejourney.org.

This article originally appeared in the EAST COBBER October 2016 issue.