Thursday, June 26, 2008
Relay hits goal
By SUE WATSON
Relay For Life exceeded its goal of $63,000 this year with still some money not yet turned in.
The deadline for all monies to be submitted to the American Cancer Society (ACS) is August 31, according to Connie Mason.
The top five fund-raising teams are Parker-Hannifin ($11,000), Merchants and Farmers Bank ($7,857), Big Star Baggers ($4,477), Hopewell #1 ($4,446), and ICS Head Start ($3,101).
Corporate sponsorships (platinum, bronze, gold and purple) play a key role in making the Relay for Life fund-raising a success.
A robust team of volunteers contributes to the success of fund-raising and the Walk For the Cure, a celebration of life for the entire community.
This year’s steering committee consisted of Gracie Echols, chair; Natalie White (co-chair); Jaqueline Mora (team recruitment); Landry Hearn (recruitment co-chair); Fannie Lampley and Beth Breithaupt (publicity); Elaine Watson and Mary Ann Day (survivorship/hospitality); Frances Underwood, Julia Williams, Connie Mason and Cheryl Brannon (luminaria co-chairs); Landry Hearn, Kenneth McMullen and Melvin DeBerry (logistics co-chairs); Lexine Smith and Eleanor Crawford (accounting); Frances Hathorne and Eva Lay (sponsorship chairs); Lisa Liddy and Sherna Jones (event chair and co-chair); Beth Breithaupt and Cheryl Brannon (decorations); and Kathy Ritts (activities).
These committees are the backbone of the fund-raising and the event itself. Many of them have served year to year for the entire nine years or most of the years the Relay for Life has been in existence in the county.
A special “thank you” to the committees and the following teams and captains (in brackets): Anderson Chapel (Devetta Bell); Asbury U.M. Church (Connery DeBerry); Big Star Baggers (Frances Adkins); Christians for a Cancer Cure (Carolyn Hewlett); Chulahoma MB Church (Dorothy Young); CSI (Chawanna Harris); Delta Sigma Theta (Barbara Redditt); Hopewell #1 M.B. Church (Melvin DeBerry); ICS Head Start (Jaqueline Mora); Merchants & Farmers Bank (Kathy Ritts); Mt. Olive M.B. Church W.H.O. (Mable Lester); Mt. Pleasant U.M. Church (Amanda Broughton); Parker Hannifin (Christie Humphrey); Phi Beta Sigma (Terry Hood); Powell Chapel Church (Dorothy Lesure); Holly Springs Marshall County Rust Club (Landry Hearn); Sons of Thunder (Omegas) (Ishmell Edwards); St. Paul CME Church (Brenda Faulkner); Trinity Mission Health & Rehab (Rener Shafer); Union Valley Church (Gracie Echols); Wal-Mart (Mary Dillard); Watson World (Elaine Watson); XI-MU Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi (Deles Farley); and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority (Eva Lay).
Thanks also to those who provided and sold purple ribbons - Jennie’s Flowers and Gifts (Irene Strickland); Connie’s Flowers; ICS Head Start (Virda Lee and Doris Williamson); Christopher’s Personal Care Home (Jennie Hataway); and Big Star Baggers (Evelyn Watkins).
“Most of all we would like to thank all our teams, sponsors, committee members, volunteers, and most of all you, the public, for your support because we never could have made it without you.” --Relay For Life ACS.
The entertainment committee consisted of Lisa Liddy and Sherna Jones. Emcee was Elton Bray.
Destiny Stone performed the National Anthem for the opening ceremony.
Entertainment included: First State Bank Singers; Katrice Ivy Edwards; Hopewell #2 Praise Teams; Chris Mirante; Chrissy Farris and Claire Liddy; Jazzy’s Dance Academy directed by Shaunde Riddle; Hopewell #1 Singers; Kevin Thomas; Carol Jean Taylor; Sonja Brooks Wilkins; David Hinshaw and Amanda Burch, who dedicated their performance to the memory of Bradley Reece who recently died from cancer; Patricia Selman; Heritage Praise Singers; Bro. Tony Roberts, pastor of Heritage Apostolic Church; Kip Barrier, assistant pastor of Heritage Apostolic Church; and K.C. Johns.
Sound systems were provided and operated by WURC (Wayne Fiddis and Ray Von Autry) and Stix N Tones (Kevin Thomas).
The covered stage was provided by A&B Distributing and the open stage was provided by Stix N Tones.
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