Local Relay For Life raises $24K

The America Cancer Society would like to say a special thank you to all of those that braved the West Texas wind to come out and support the 10th annual Nolan and Scurry County Relay For Life. The event kicked off with almost 30 cancer survivors taking to the track for a victory lap. Their caregivers met them half-way and completed the lap hand-in-hand with their survivors. At dusk, the track was lined with hundreds of lit luminaria bags to honor those that have fought cancer and to remember those that lost their battles. At midnight, the Fight Back Ceremony was held, featuring an inspirational performance by Team Chip, whose leader is a cancer survivor himself. The hundreds in attendance also enjoyed food, a silent auction, raffle opportunities, a Guitar Hero tournament, frozen t-shirt Relay race and tons of other fun games and theme laps. The members of this year’s 10 Relay teams took the track and walked well into the early morning hours with some participants walking over 15 miles. This year’s event raised over $24,000 to help in the fight against cancer. This money will go to fund cancer research, education, advocacy and local patient services. The American Cancer Society would like to extend a special congratulation to two participants, Linda Everhart and Janice McDowell, who earned their exclusive green $1,000 Club shirt by raising over $1,000 each for their teams. Both Linda and Janice have earned their $1,000 Club shirt for the past several years. This event would not have been possible without the help of our committee, sponsors and donors.Thanks are given to the committee: Cindy Hamlin (Co-Chair and Logistics), Linda Everhart (Survivor Chair), Richard Fergeson (Team Chair and Emcee), Kevin Shipp (Accounting Chair), Mark Garcia, Charlie Peek and Jearlyn Allen (Activities Co-Chairs). Thanks are given to the Teams and Team Captains: Broadway Baptist Church (Chris Stephens), Cowboy Up For A Cure (Nikki Martinez), Highland Olympians (Leigh Petty), Big D Promotions (Rojelio Muñoz), The Medicine Place (Amy Bayse), Team First Financial (Renee Garcia), Angel’s In the Outfield (Myron Fogle), Brookshire’s (Charlie Peek), Team Chip (Lonnie Mendez) and Team TAKE (Macie Allison).Thanks are given to the sponsors: Big D Promotions, Buzzi Cement Plant, First Financial Bank, Sweetwater Rifle & Pistol Club, Texas State Technical College, Sweetwater Jaycees, Richard W. Fergeson State Farm, Brookshire’s, Cate-Spencer and Trent Funeral Home, Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital, Texas National Bank, Cain Electrical Supply, Morgan Real Estate, Patterson-UTI, CUDD Energy Services, Lawrence Brother and The Medicine Place. Silent auction donors are also thanked and a special thank you to Mrs. Kathryn Pendergrass and Jonelle Kite for organizing the auction: Family Dollar, NAPA Auto Parts, Higginbotham-Bartlett Lumber, Hendrick Medical Supply, Dandy’s Western Wear, Bee’s Décor, John and Kathryn Pendergrass, Vickie’s Gifts- Roscoe, Beall’s, Bucks Steaks & Bar-B-Q, The Flower Box Florist, Bahlman Cleaners, Amole’s Mexican Restaurant, Casa Morales Restaurant, Sweetwater Floral, Latria’s Shoes and Apparel, Domino’s Pizza, M&M Electric, Dale Martin & Son Tire Co, Skeet’s Texas Grill, Dirty Dawgs Grooming Salon, Elegance Spa & Nails, Becca’s Special Effects, Gill’s Fried Chicken, Gloria’s Sweet Shop, Spaulding Plumbing, Wal-Mart, Woodmen of the World, Cato, Maloney Pharmacy, Christine Brochman, Collection Jewels & Junk, Becky and Casey Crane, Casey Clowers-Independent Scentsy Consultant and Fit Weigh and Nutrition. There will be a wrap up celebration on Tuesday, June 12, 2012 at 6 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church. The top fundraising team and individual will be announced along with several other awards. Organizers will also begin recruiting the planning committee for next year’s Relay. If you would like to get involved, attend the wrap-up or call Amy Carnes at 325-672-3705.