A Facebook post advertising a Team Phinz event shouts, “When Team Phinz arrives, a party breaks out!” Another says, “Team Phinz knows how to party!”
There’s no denying it, “when we get together, it’s a good time,” says Patty Jackson Shockely, a member of Team Phinz.
Team Phinz doesn’t party just for partying’s sake. They party with a purpose. That purpose being to raise money for cancer education and research.
“Everyone of us has been touched by cancer,” Ms. Shockley says. “My father died of cancer, so this is my way of giving back and doing my part to help find a cure.”
Team Phinz was formed six years ago to help support the local American Cancer Society Relay for Life. The group began with six dedicated individuals and has grown to a dedicated and proudly gregarious gang of 53. Indeed, the slogan on the group’s fundraising page reads “Saving lives from cancer starts with one team, one participant, and one dollar at a time. Our team is doing our part to make sure that cancer never steals another year of anyone’s life.”
For the past year, Team Phinz’s parties have become even more purposeful. You see, in March 2011, they lost one of their own to cancer. Warren H. Seaburg, a well-known local musician and a driving force for Team Phinz had battled bladder cancer for 20 years. It appeared he was winning, just to be diagnosed with a reoccurrence before Christmas 2010. A few months later, he was gone.
“Warren recruited many of the Phinz, including me,” says Ms. Shockley. “He was a big believer in giving back to the community, including ACS.”
In his memory, Team Phinz has named its 3rd Annual Mexican Mardi Gras Relay for Life fundraising party for Seaburg. The party was started by Seaburg in 2009. Hosting parties like the Mexican Mardi Gras is one of the ways that Team Phinz has managed to raise over $93,000 in five years for cancer.
The Warren Seaburg 3rd Annual Mexican Mardi Gras party will take place on February 21 (Fat Tuesday) at Guadalajara restaurant at Town Center, Virginia Beach. The fiesta will be from 5 pm to 10 pm.
Seaburg had many friends and fans. Team Phinz hopes to see a lot of them at the party. The team also wants new people, especially music lovers, to come out for a great time and a good cause.
“As always, the Phinz promise to not disappoint,” Ms. Shockley says.