Relay for Life dinner raises more than $2,500

From Staff Reports

Apr. 17, 2007 - For those who didn't get their fill of homemade tamales at Saturday's Aguilar Family Dinner to raise money for Hopkins County Relay For Life, there's good news.

Staff Photo by Angela Pitts

Marla Moreland (left) serves six-year breast cancer survivor Cherri Gordon (right) up a plate of Mama Maria Aguilar's award-winning tamales Saturday during the Aguilar Family Tamale Dinner. "I really appreciate everything that the Aguilar family and the community does to raise money and promote awareness for cancer," says Gordon. Also pictured are (back, from left) Dida Darden, Ana Shew and Gordon's sister Linda Van Auken.

The Aguilar family said Saturday's fundraiser was an even bigger success than last year, and it's not over yet.

�We raised $2,600 this year � that�s $1,100 more than last year,� said Tony Aguilar, a member of the Aguilar family and co-chair for this year�s Relay For Life. "We would like to thank Chicken Express, and O�Reilly Auto Parts for their donations.�

And orders are still coming in for more of Mama Maria Aguilar’s tasty tamales.

"We had a great response from the community and took many more orders for tamales,” he said.

Those who missed Saturday’s fundraiser or  just can’t get enough of the traditional fare can still do so. The Aguilar family will be delivering pre-ordered tamales by the dozen Friday-Saturday, April 27-28. The deadline to place an order is Friday, April 20. The cost is $8 per dozen of the beef tamales, which will be frozen at the time of delivery. To place an order, call Frances at 903-885-7383, Oscar at 903-243-0446 or Tony at 903-582-2208. If you get an answering machine, leave your name, phone number and how many dozen tamales you wish to order. All proceeds will benefit the Hopkins County Relay For Life.

Also, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, April 20, will be the City National Bank Hamburger Cookout. Hamburgers with all the trimmings will be served  in the parking lot behind the downtown bank. All proceeds benefit Relay For Life.

Alliance Bank will also be holding a Relay For Life Cookout on Friday April, 27. The menu includes a hamburger, chips, a drink and dessert. A donation of at least $5 is asked.

A team captains meeting scheduled for this Thursday, April 19, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Lake Pointe Church. All team captains are asked to attend, and anyone who is interested in this year’s Relay For Life is also invited. As always, survivors are also welcome.

Another date to keep in mind is Saturday, April 28, when the first ever Relay For Life 5K Fun Run and Walk will be held at Coleman Park. Registration begins at 7 a.m. and the run will start at 8 a.m. The cost per runner is $5.

�We are looking for area runners and walkers to come out and take the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful Lake Coleman,� co-chair Tony Aguilar said Tuesday morning. "The first finishers in the men�s and woman�s groups will get a T-shirts and a certificate. Anyone wanting to come out can participate can register the day of the event at the tennis courts located at Coleman Park. All money raised will benefit the Hopkins County Relay For Life, so please come out and show your support

The Annual Hopkins County Relay For Life will kick off at 7 p.m. at Sulphur Springs Middle School track. The event will continue until 7 a.

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