On September 15, scuba divers, friends, and family will gather at Woahink Lake in Florence, Oregon for a day of fun, food, and fundraising: the Dive for a Cure event, organized by Eugene Skin Divers Supply of Eugene, Oregon. Now in its 12th year, the day has become a hallmark for scuba diving events in the central Oregon region – it’s ultimate purpose to garner funds for breast cancer research.
By John Tapley; photos courtesy Dive for a Cure
As in previous years, the all-day charity will be hosted at Woahink Lake in Dunes City, Oregon. Dive for a Cure 2019 will provide a bevy of activities for participants of all ages. Key to the event for divers is the underwater poker run and while topside events include: the OctoToss, a fin race, a silent auction, speaking engagements, and other inclusive activities. Refreshments will be served at a family BBQ and will include hamburgers and garden burgers, hotdogs, chips, salads, beverages, and desserts.
“It’s a state park so we can make reservations and use the area,” says event organization and Eugene Skin Divers Supply co-owner Diana Hollingshead. “It’s very close to Eugene – about 50 miles away – and the lake is easy to dive in: a nice, controlled environment for divers of all levels.”
Founded in 2008 by Diana and husband Michael, Dive for a Cure serves as the largest grassroots fundraiser for the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute, which researches and treats breast cancer. To date, Dive for a Cure has raised over one million dollars in funds to the institute, and has helped share the message of breast cancer prevention and treatment.
Last month, Dive for a Cure worked with a longstanding local partner, Fast Track Car Wash, for a weeklong fundraising event wherein 50 percent of proceeds went to the cause. Fast Track Car Wash has been involved with the charity for the past seven years.
Dive for a Cure is operated by volunteers who gift their time to the cause, and sponsors who finance the event through pledges and donate items to the silent auction. Event organizers are looking forward to next year, and encourage dive shops and organizations to participate.
This year’s Dive for a Cure is sponsored by leading companies in the scuba diving industry, including AquaLung, DUI, USIA, PADI, SCUBAPRO, Huish Outdoors, TUSA, Blue Green Expeditions, Deep Blue Adventures, and Big Blue Lights.
If previous’ years are a meter, Dive for a Cure 2019 will prove to be another successful event; Dive for a Cure 2018 enjoyed over 250 attendees. As of this writing, over 200 have registered.
“There’s still time to sign up,” says Hollingshead. “We have people coming from across the country again – the East Coast, California, the Seattle area – and everyone is welcome: family events; lunch provided. Even if people don’t want to dive, the silent auction is huge.”
For more details on Dive for a Cure, including sponsorship, volunteer, and donation information, and to sign up, visit www.diveforacure.org.