Our brand new event, Band Against Cancer, took place 9/9/17 at the Italian Picnic Grounds. This free family-friendly community event featured an all-day music festival, craft booths, quilt sales, fun zone, caregiver pinwheel garden, plus our Survivor Celebration and our Luminary Ceremony. In the evening, our old-fashioned BBQ Dinner & Dance featured live music by the Cantaliers. We would like to extend a huge thank you to all our volunteers, sponsors, musicians, teams and attendees. With your help, we raised over $90,000 and counting!

Mark your calendars for next year's event on September 8, 2018! Bring your family and friends! Our goal is to fill the Italian Picnic Grounds with community members sharing fellowship and raising funds for Amador STARS! This is a community event and it certainly does take a village to make it happen.

Contact the STARS office at (209) 267-1246 or use the tabs below for more information on getting involved!

2017 event photos event program

Ways to get involved

Our event would not be possible without the generous support of dozens of individuals and businesses who sign up as sponsors. You can help in this venture with a corporate sponsorship. There are several levels of sponsorship, from monetary donations to in-kind contributions. All funds raised will remain in Amador County, except for 8% that will be dedicated to cancer research. STARS is proud to help meet local cancer needs and assist in the search for a cure.

Become a corporate sponsor online

Download a printable corporate sponsor form to mail in

For more information on corporate sponsorships for Band Against Cancer, please call the Amador STARS office at (209) 267-1246.

In the evening at Band Against Cancer, we will have thousands of illumination candles lining the event. Each candle honors someone who has been touched by cancer or has lost their battle with cancer. Each bag bears a name and optional sentiment, and each name will be read aloud during the ceremony September 9 at 7:15pm at Italian Picnic Grounds.

You can support local cancer needs and show your appreciation to a special person by purchasing a luminary candle for a suggested donation of $5.

For more information on the luminary ceremony, please call the Amador STARS office at (209) 267-1246.

order luminaries online printable luminary form

Survivors will enjoy a complimentary brunch at 10am with live mellow music by Herb Boxhorn.Enjoy fellowship, fun, and free gifts in a comfortable shaded location. Survivors are welcome to bring friends and family to this special event in your honor. You may purchase additional brunches for your guest(s) when you register. Afterwards we invite you to stay for the Band Against Cancer activities -- quilt sale, raffles, live entertainment, caregiver pinwheel garden & much more! Deadline to register is July 31.

If you would like more information, please call the Amador STARS office at (209) 267-1246.

register online

print and return registration form

New this year, our pinwheel garden will sprout with thanks for caregivers who have helped on the cancer journey. Each pinwheel will feature the purchaser name, recipient name and a short sentiment of appreciation. You make take your pinwheel home after the event!

order pinwheels online

As a team member for Band Against Cancer, you join a group of family, friends, coworkers, neighbors, etc. There is no specific number of people needed for a team. You and your teammates can be as creative as you like with a team theme, costumes, decorations, and even a mascot! You can work toward a team goal and participate in team fundraisers (car wash, bake sale, bingo, etc.). Illumination candle orders can also count in your team fundraising.

As a team captain or co-captain, you organize a group to become a team, attend a series of captain's meetings to obtain updated information on the event, and communicate that information to your team members.

Remember that all funds raised will remain in Amador County, except for 8% that will be dedicated to cancer research. You can help in this venture by getting involved in the event. STARS is proud to help meet local cancer needs and assist in the search for a cure.

If you have not previously been involved and would like more info, please call the Amador STARS office at (209) 267-1246.

register online


Team captain resources

2017 Team Captain Meeting Schedule
All meetings start at 5:00pm at the Amador STARS Office (60D Ridge Road in Sutter Hill, next door to Los Hermanos restaurant). Feel free to bring your dinner, drinks and snacks with you. Someone from each team MUST attend each meeting, so your team stays on top of all information.
Tuesday, May 23
Tuesday, June 13
Friday, September 9 - T-shirt distribution at event setup
Saturday, September 10 - Band Against Cancer (10am Survivor Celebration, 11am Opening Ceremony)
Tuesday, September 19 - Wrap up celebration meeting

As a committee member, you will help with the organization of the event. Here are some ways you can get involved: Illumination Ceremony, Food Service, Survivor Celebration, Entertainment, Nutrition and Education, Decorations, Fun Zone, Youth Coordination, Pink Ribbon Store, Logistics, Setup/Tear Down, Parking & Security, Tidy Time/Recycling. The committees meet 2-3 times in the months leading up to Band Against Cancer.

We are always looking for new committee members, so if you would like to get involved or have new ideas for the event, please contact Lead Chairperson Donna Jackson at 585-6092 or

2017 Committee Wrap Up Meeting
September 26 at 5:30pm at the STARS office. Bring a potluck dish to share!