Boobalooza fundraiser will honor late founder

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A 2009 file photo of Whitney Praska sporting a Boobaloozsa fundraiser shirt.

The annual Boobalooza fundraiser, which raises money and awareness for cancer-related organizations and research, will be a little more poignant this year, as the event’s founder, Whitney Praska, passed away on Nov. 11 at the age of 29. After being diagnosed with breast cancer five years ago, she proudly defeated the disease, but succumbed to a hard-fought battle with metastasized sarcoma.

Praska, a lover of live music, started the festive Boobalooza fundraiser in 2008, with proceeds from the events going to organizations such as the American Cancer Society and The Susan G. Komen Foundation.

In May of 2009, Praska did an interview with this magazine to talk about Boobalooza and her personal fight with cancer. You can read it here. 

This year’s Boobalooza will be held at 7 p.m. Nov. 30 at Cosmic Charlie’s and Lynaugh’s Pub. Along with live music from a number of local bands, such as Born Cross Eyed and Bluegrass Collective, there will also be a silent auction.

If you cannot attend the fundraiser, but would still like to contribute to the Whitney Praska Memorial Fund, click here.

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