Hopkins County Relay for Life keeps things moving
By FAITH HUFFMAN | News-Telegram News Editor
Feb. 18, 2007 - Hopkins County Relay For Life is really moving this year. The Relay Committee already has several successful planning events under their belts and quite a few more in the works as well.
Relay teams aren’t letting grass grow under their feet either. A few teams have already warmed up their walking shoes and gotten a running start on fundraising for this year’s event.
The Relay Committee, following their kickoff, hosted what was considered a successful cancer survivors’ dinner last Saturday with 25 survivors honored. They followed that up with Thursday’s HCRFL Youth Rally, heralded as “a great success” with 54 potential youth team members attending.
Cumby, North Hopkins, Saltillo and Sulphur Bluff High Schools were all represented at the youth team recruitment session at Pizza Inn, as was the Boys and Girls Club and First United Methodist Church.
Relay For Life Committee members explained to the youth the vital importance of community involvement in RFL, and it’s roll in helping the community and the American Cancer Society. The rally also provided an opportunity for youngsters to become better acquainted with students from other schools.
�This Rally was a great time for these kids to meet and make new friends.� To share some of their own experience with cancer with one another.� Kendall Smith of Sulphur Springs and a member of the First United Methodist Church team spoke of her personal battle with cancer during the last year. She spoke of the encouragement from the community, the importance of positive attitude. Kendall also went on to say that one day the young men and woman attending the rally would be the leaders and the ones who would be controlling the destiny of our future,� HCRFL Co-Chair Tony Aguilar said.
�Thank you for having Kendall speak. I think that it is very important, both for her and for the community,� said Susan Smith, her mother.
The youth rally also served as a thank you from the committee to the students for their hard work for relay over the last few years.
North Hopkins and Sulphur Bluff will be participating for at least the fourth year, with students holding bakes sales, car washes and other activities to raise funds for relay.
Cumby High School has a unique manner for fund-raising, involving a school bunny and a grid with numbers on it.
�Numbers are picked by students and the bunny simply lets nature take its course. If it happens on your number you�re the winner,� Aguilar said.
�The Boys and Girls club hope the make the local clubs director blue over relay, literally.� If the Boys and Girls Club meets its fund-raising goal, the director will be painted blue and have to stand on top of the Houston Street club,� Aguilar added.
Como-Pickton’s National Honor Society is already ahead of the game, raising more than $900 in just a few short weeks.
�These kids work very hard to be involved with Relay For Life and� we need to thank them for what they do.� Many of the kids came to the rally directly after basketball, baseball, softball and theater practice. And, once they left the rally, they still had to go home and do homework and chores. So, these kids are really great kids that sometimes don�t get the recognition that they deserve. The 2007 Relay For Life Committee wanted to thank the youth of Hopkins County for all their efforts in the Fight Against Cancer.� The Committee would also like to thank JR Services, Jeff Redding and France Aguilar-Redding for sponsoring the Youth Rally.� With out their support the Rally would not have been possible,� Aguilar said.
Youth aren’t the only ones already actively working to raise funds to benefit HCRFL.
Community Bank held two fundraisers this week, a bake sale on Valentine’s Day and a Potato Days fundraiser Friday, to help in the walk to a cure.
Alliance Bank has three fundraisers slated over the next month and a half.
On Tuesday, Feb. 27, Alliance will be hosting bingo in the Ag Workers Building in Buford Park. The three sessions run from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
On Saturday, March 3, Alliance will hold a rummage sale at its Operations Center, 408 Rosemont St., located next to the Hopkins County Sheriffs Office, from 8 a.m. till 3 p.m. The “Spring Cleaning for a Cure” sale items include antiques, children’s toys and games, clothing collectibles, furniture, plants, household items, refreshments and lots more. All funds from the purchased items will be donated to RFL.
The Alliance Bank Co-ed Softball Tournament at Coleman Park is scheduled for March 31. The registration fee per team is $100, with the $50 deposit due by March 20.
For more about any of the Alliance Bank Relay For Life fundraisers contact Jeanette Argenbright or Christy Greer at 903-885-2187 weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Relay For Life Committee will hold a Team Captains Meeting at Lake Pointe Church Thursday, Feb. 22, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sheeree William of the American Cancer Society will be the guest speaker and teams will go over fundraising information during that meeting.
Also, any team not yet signed up for the May 4-5 Relay For Life on the middle school track may do so, by contacting Cindy Smith at 903-945-5050, Mynder Nash at 903-885-6633 or Tony Aguilar at 903-582-2208.
The Relay For Life Committee will also be conducting a Purple Pail Campaign on the downtown square Friday, March 23, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. They will be asking people to help raise money for Relay For Life by giving spare change to filling the purple pail. For more information contact Tony Aguilar at 903-582-2208.