What a great weekend for cancer survivors and honoring those lost to the disease. The annual Relay For Life saw $120,000 raised amid laughter, tears, hugs, and all in all a great time. I lift a toast to every organizer, coordinator, team captain, walker and everyone involved in this community-wide event that every year brings us all together as Maderans.
And here’s a toast (I think) to those Relay gals, Bonnie Tysland and Cheryl Farnesi, after coming up with the idea for the Look Like Yours Truly contest. Though more participants would have been appreciated, kudos to the winners and to David Loquaci, John Holmquist, Steve Schafer, Ernie LiCalsi, Kevin Herman, John Bryan and Debbie Samora (girls division) in donating to Relay, as they all agreed, “for not having to dress up like you.”
Also, here’s to my flying pal Bill Hoffrage, who met me on the track that morning and slipped me a check for the same reason and for the same great cause. Thanks to all.
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Kids can Relay, too. Yep, the fundraisers are not over and can still be added to this year’s total through August. Then the fun starts all over. Tomorrow at Monroe Elementary, out on Lake Street, teacher Mardi Taubert and the terrific staff will hold their own and sixth annual Relay For Life event. Opening ceremonies at 8 a.m. and the kids walk until 11:30 with booths and fun all around. If you missed Saturday’s big show this one’s pretty cool, too...