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'Cocktails for a Cure' to aid in Elco student's fight

Gracyn Smith, a 12-year old Elco School District resident, has a fight on her hands in the form of a rare eye disease, retinitis pigmentosa, that takes the sight of those it afflicts.

But she's got a lot of people in the battle with her. The latest effort to aid Smith and those like her comes up on Saturday, April 22 at 6 p.m. at the Lebanon Valley Expo Center via the 5th Annual Cocktails for a Cure event.

It's a night of food, drinks and entertainment that also includes plenty of items to featured in live, silent and Chinese auctions, all to benefit the Curing Retinal Blindness Foundation.

Included in the auction will be the work of of many local artisans, sports memorabilia and many other items as well.

Gracyn Smith is the daughter of Scott and Tricia Smith. Her older brother Dawson is a member of Elco's boys basketball and boys tennis team and another older brother, Brayden, is a former basketball, baseball and tennis player at Elco and currently a student at Temple University.

Tickets for the event are $40 in advance and $45 at the door. For more information, contact Tricia Smith at 821-2804 or