Archive for Thursday, June 14, 2001

Thank you for a record-setting relay

June 14, 2001

Congratulations, Eudora, you the community have done it yet again. You have reached into your souls and deep into your pockets to make the Fourth Annual Relay for Life the greatest ever. Where to begin and how to thank all of you is now the challenge.

Each year the Relay has grown as more become involved. If your name is not mentioned here, please forgive us, but know that your help was no less appreciated.

There are not words in our language to explain how we, the committee, felt when the tally of more than $51,000 was announced Saturday morning at 7 a.m. Tears of joy were shed by many. It was Brooke's dream to accomplish a goal of $50,000 and you did it.

A very special thank you to the committee membersTheresa Abel, Tina Breedlove, Julie Byrne, Karla Cleveland, Teresa Carnagie, Debi Hamlin, Mary Higgins, Rose House, Violet Huseby, Arline Kindle, Rita Kraus, Marilyn Laws Porter, Grace Marion, Sherry Moran, Mary Ann Nicolay, Brooke O'Grady, Bryan O'Grady, Daren and Robyne Pippert, Andrea Pyle, Jeanne Siebert and Sandi Westerhouse.

Also to the team captainsTheresa Abel/Kay Becker, Janelle Arb, Tina Breedlove, Teresa Carnagie, Mary Jane Church, Karla Cleveland, Sue Coleman, Sherry Crawford, Kelly Freeman, Helen Gabbert, Karen Grom/Tammie Pastor, Mary Kay Gregory, Mary Higgins, Angie Holmes/Sara Dayton, Cody Howard, Rose House, Robin Kilmer, Ashley Moran, Sherry Moran, Lori Nicolay, Judi O'Grady, Nancy O'Grady, Trevor O'Grady, Robyne Pippert, Karen Sanders, Jeanne Siebert, Julie Stewart/Marilyn Laws Porter and Shonna Warrington.

Thanks also to all the volunteers for the RFL set up during the day, especially Mary Williams, Robin Abel and her crew, the 4-H Club and Cub Scouts. Matt Daigh has been our guiding light for set up each year. He and his staff work tirelessly to see that we have a great relay and take special care of Laws Field at the same time.

Thanks also to the EHS Booster Club members who ran the concession stand and to all of those who participated in our program: Josh and Jill Abel, Mary Higgins, Lisa and Levi Demuth, Junkyard Jazz and the band, The Flood, and Rosemary Robinson who came from Kansas City to sing the National Anthemyou were excellent. Rod Moyer and Ed Pyle, our disc jockeys, actually made walking in the night fun. Thanks guys! And, a special thanks to Barbara Cawley, who videotaped the event, and to all those who helped in so many ways to make this relay very special for all of our survivors.

Eudora News, your support with all the feature stories, editorials and advertising is so greatly appreciated. It was also great to have the support of Sunflower Cablevision Channel 6 from Lawrence. We look forward to viewing the special coverage of the relay and welcoming both you and your team back next year.

To our corporate sponsorsa special thank you for coming through again this year. We know you have been overwhelmed with requests for donations, and we sincerely thank you for your support. We hope that our community will now support you.

To Tonianne Granzow, our ACS specialist, who is moving on this year to our ACS regional office, thank you, congratulations and good luck. We look forward to working with Allison Koonce as our representative next year. These girls work endlessly for us and our cause.

Now that we have another successful relay behind us, we will soon begin working on the next. Many thanks to all of youcommittee members, team captains and participants. We sincerely hope to see you all next yearbring a new team with you. It's a lot of fun, and knowing we're helping to end this dreaded disease is the icing on the cake. In Eudora, you can have your cake and eat it too!

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