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Albie Puttin’ event to aid breast cancer patients

Golf, pub crawl and breast cancer are usually not three topics you see together. But then again, Albie Puttin’ is not your typical pub crawl.

Saturday, Sacramentans can play a nine-hole game of miniature golf and enjoy drink specials all while helping breast cancer patients.

All ticket sales will benefit the Albie Aware organization — founded to help provide resources such as paying medical fees to breast cancer patients. This is the first pub crawl event fundraiser that Albie Aware is holding, sponsored by Go-Girl Energy Drink.

The crawl will begin with at noon Saturday at deVere’s Irish Pub. Each restaurant or bar has made its own themed hole and will feature drink and food specials, not included in the $20 preregistration fee or $25 walk-up fee.

Henry de Vere White, one of the owners of the deVere’s pub, said he hopes this event will raise breast cancer awareness.

“Its going to be a lot of fun, you get to goof off with your friends and maybe go to places you normally don’t go to, but at the same time, you’re helping to save lives and show support,” de Vere White said.

The nine holes also includes Capital Garage, Badlands, Mulvaney’s B&L, Torch Club, Streets of London Pub, Bistro 33, L Wine Lounge and Zócalo.

Participants who finish the course will have the chance to win prizes, including a Las Vegas trip for two. Awards will also be given to the best and worst golf costume and best golf score.

Albie Aware founder Doug Carson lost his wife, Albie, to breast cancer on July 4, 2002. He said that in April of 2002 doctors had pronounced her cancer-free Just three weeks later, doctors discovered she had a brain tumor.

Carson said this was not detectable without an MRI or CT scan, which most insurance do not cover. Soon after, he began Albie Aware to raise money for testing.

“We’re trying to make people aware of what their needs are and things that happen to them that can help them save their lives if they have breast cancer,” Carson said.

Albie Aware — which sounds like ‘I’ll be aware’— serves more than 1,000 women a year. Unlike other breast cancer organizations, it does not raise money for cancer research.

“Of course we want a cure, but we are here to help take care of people’s needs now,” said Carson. "(We want to) help people with breast cancer, now. Help provide those services and help save their lives, now.”

Tickets for Albie Puttin’ are available at wantickets.com.

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