Pirate-themed dinner theatre raises $800 for American Cancer Society (PHOTOS)

Published: Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at 01:21 PM.

"Unfortunately, I have lost two grandmothers, a great uncle and some very close friends to cancer, and I have some friends that are battling it right now," she said. "I do it for them."

For the past 10 years, Duke It Out has raised an average of $10,000 for the ACS, Relay Co-Chair Loney Whitley said.

The team schedules Boston butt and cookie dough sales, yard sales and other events, all leading up to each Relay For Life, when people walk a track and participate in other activities all night long to commemorate people touched by cancer.

Act4Murder's professional actors said they enjoy entertaining for worthy causes.

"We always love doing fundraisers," Mary Ann Troiano, who portrayed Pillage Ann Freebooty, said. "We know what it means to the people who have hired us."  

In this case, the issue was personal.

"My father died of cancer," she said. "It may have been 14 years ago, but for me it still feels like yesterday."



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