The 11th annual Bob Gagnon Dinner and Auction will be held Friday, April 9 at 5 p.m. at the Rockland Lodge of Elks on Rankin Street.

The annual event is the chief fundraiser for the program that has been a blessing to many of our local community members who have been struck by the scourge of cancer.

The fund was created by Gagnon, who was one of the area’s chief civic leaders. He was a Rockland city councilor and manager of the Hannaford store in Rockland.

When he was diagnosed with cancer, he noticed how many other people were going through a similar experience. His initial dream was for a radiation center to be established in the Rockland area but the state would not allow the project.

The fund was then turned into one to help people with the expense of traveling to radiation treatments or other medical treatments outside the region. As patients and their families face hardships dealing with the illness, this fund helps relieve some of the burden, particularly with the rising cost of gasoline.

One of Gagnon’s legacies is this fund. The dinner will feature its traditional steamship roast beef with all the fixings. The live auction will be led by auctioneer Bruce Gamage Jr.

The public could do well to attend the event for a night of enjoyment that also serves a good cause. Donations to the fund will also be accepted.