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Ashford Agency and Cargill Meat Solutions host cancer fundraiser

Friday, October 12, 2012

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The first few patrons of the "Pig out for pink out" lunch fundraiser begin to show up at the Ashford Agency on Friday, Oct. 12, 2012.
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A cold wind blew across the Ashford Agency parking lot as the first few patrons of the annual "Pig out for pink out" event arrived for lunch. Although there were picnic tables set out, many patrons were just stopping by to grab their to go box and head back to the car.

"It's too cold this year! Last year we sat down and ate, but not this year," one patron said as she moved through the line.

The Ashford Agency and Cargill Meat Solutions partner together to raise money for the Fitzgibbon Community Cancer center.

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Cups decorated with pink breast cancer awareness ribbons cover a table at the "Pig out for pink out" event hosted by Ashford Agency and Cargill Meat Solutions on Friday, Oct. 12, 2012. (Kelsey Alumbaugh/ Democrat-News)
"Hopefully you don't have to use the cancer center, but if you do it's here. We used to have to drive back and forth to Columbia or Kansas City for so long for treatment and radiation, but not anymore. This is so much better," Bob Ashford said.

This is the fourth year they have hosted the lunch according to Bob Ashford. His wife, Virginia Ashford, laughed about his approach to selling tickets for the event.

"I told him you don't ask if they want to come, but ask how many tickets they'd like to buy," Virginia Ashford said.

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Robert Ashford places a tray of food into the smoker at the Cargill Meat Solutions and Ashford Agency "Pig out for pink out" event Friday, Oct. 12, 2012.
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"It's more of a donation really, but this way you get something for your donation," Bob Ashford said.

Approximately $2,500 has been raised each year at the "pig out for pink out" event.

Contact Kelsey Alumbaugh at kalumbaugh@marshallnews.com

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As a patron makes a donation for his lunch, Virginia Ashford (middle) and Bob Ashford (right) offer him a calendar and talk about the fundraisor on Oct. 12, 2012.
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A group of women form an assembly line to prepare to-go boxes for the Cargill Meat Solutions and Ashford Agency "Pig out for pink out" lunch fundraiser on Friday, Oct. 12, 2012.
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