Donations, participation down slightly for The Prouty event
HANOVER (AP) — Organizers of The Prouty, an annual fundraiser for cancer research in New Hampshire, say donations and participation are down slightly this year.
The Valley News reports organizers say that's likely due to the event's proximity this year to the Fourth of July holiday and last weekend's storm damage. Still, thousands of participants are walking, cycling, rowing and golfing to raise money for Dartmouth-Hitchcock's Norris Cotton Cancer Center. The event runs Friday and Saturday.
The drop-off also comes after a lawsuit alleged that that some of the funds raised were instead being diverted for other expenses in the Dartmouth-Hitchcock system.
Mark Israel, former director of the Norris Cotton Cancer Center, sued in October alleging that Dartmouth-Hitchcock fired him in an act of retaliation after he objected to funds raised for cancer research and other services being diverted to operating expenses.
The hospital has denied it misused any funds.