Multiple events scheduled in coming weeks to raise money for Relay For Life

By FAITH HUFFMAN | News-Telegram News Editor

Mar. 29, 2007 - The 2007 Hopkins County Relay For Life teams have announced several fundraisers and raffles over the course of the next few weeks to help raise funds for the annual benefit for the American Cancer Society.

The activities include:

n On Friday, March 30, the American Cancer Society Hopkins County Relay For Life Bank Night will be hosted from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Guaranty Bond Bank Board Room, 919 South Gilmer St. All money raised thus far is to be turned in. Notify Cindy Smith at 903-945-5050 or 903-335-0366 if arriving after 6 p.m.

n On Saturday, March 31, North Hopkins Extension Education Club will be hosting their annual American Cancer Society Beans and Cornbread Supper from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Dike Community Center. From State Highway 19, take FM 71 east to Sulphur Bluff, then turn right on to FM 69 and follow that road to the community center. Cost will be by donation with all funds benefiting the Relay For Life. For more information call Joyce Bateman, 903-945-3308.

n Galyean Insurance Agency's team members are currently selling chances for an Easter basket. The drawing will be held April 4 at noon at the office. The basket is on display at Galyean Insurance, 227 Connally St.  Tickets are available for $1 each or six for $5, and may be purchased at the insurance office from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday, through April 4. For more information, call Kimberly Ratliff at 903-885-6547.

n The HCRFL Committee will hold its  “Purple Pail Drive” on Friday, April 6, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. off the downtown square. Committee members will be stationed on Oak Avenue, College Street, Church Street and Jefferson Street to collect any spare change motorists or pedestrians may have to toss into their purple pails to raise money for this year’s relay. Contact Tony Aguilar, co-chair of HCRFL Committee, at 903-582-2208 for more information.

n On Friday, April 20, the City National Bank team will be hosting a hamburger cookout on the downtown square. Hamburgers, chips, a drink and dessert will be offered for donations.

The team will is also holding a raffle for chances to win one of three donations: a Premier necklace and bracelet, a gift certificate for a windshield chip repair at Kiser’s Glass Technologies, or a hair cut from Penny's Barber Shop. Tickets are $1 each or six for $5 and may be obtained by calling Caterina L. Kiser at 903-438-4822.

The City National Bank team will also be offering a round of golf for four at Land's End in the silent auction tent on May 4 during the Relay For Life. 

n The Alliance Bank Relay For Life Team also plans to hold a hamburger cookout on Friday, April 27. They will be asking for a donation of at least $5 for a hamburger, chips, a drink and dessert at lunch.

n On Saturday, April 14, the 2nd Annual Aguilar Family Tamale Dinner will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at St. James Catholic Church, 297 Texas St. The dinner is a family affair with "Mom" Maria Aguilar in charge of all the cooking, and all of her children and grandchildren helping out. The menu will include homemade tamales, rice and beans. The cost is $8 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under, with all proceeds going to Relay for Life. Last year, the tamale dinner raised $1,500, and the family hopes "to top that this year with your help." Tickets are available from any of the Aguilar family members in advance. For more information, call Tony Aguilar at 903-582-2208, Oscar Aguilar at 903-243-0446 or France Aguilar Redding at 903-885-7383.

n First United Methodist Church's Flash Gordon" Blast Out Cancer team will be selling raffle tickets for $5 each or five tickets for $20 for chances to win an 80 GB video iPod. The drawing will be held at the team campsite on May 4 during the relay, and the winner will not be required to be present at the time of the drawing to win.

In the silent auction tent, FUMC adult and youth teams will also offer a fishing basket with fancy lure and a half-day guided fishing trip.

Any questions pertaining to the FUMC relay teams, campsite, raffle or auction items should be directed to Jennifer Philo at 903-885-2185.

n Lake Pointe Church will be selling raffle tickets for $5 each or 5 for $20 for chances to win an Aladdin Lamp valued at $300. Tickets are available Monday-Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and during service times on Sundays through the event at the church, 817 Gilmer St, where the lamp will also be displayed. The drawing for the lamp will be held on May 4 at the RFL. The winner need not be  present to win, and the winner can select the color of choice for the item. For more information, call Derrell Lynn at 903-439-6953 or send an e-mail to:

Luminaries, the lights placed around the track during the annual Relay For Life, which kicks off at 7 p.m. Friday, May 4, at Sulphur Springs Middle School, are also still available for $5 from any team member or by contacting Susan Neal at 903-945-2722 or Tony Aguilar at 903-582-2208. The bagged candles will each contain the "name of a loved one," either a family, friend, care-giver or someone who has been affected by cancer presently or in the past. Luminaries are a visible reflection "on the courage and strength of all who are affected by cancer." The lighting ceremony will be held at 9 p.m. Friday, May 4, and the candles will remain lit in honor or memory of the person or individuals listed on them throughout the night.

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