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City fired up about Relay events

Published 4:01pm Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Relay for Life is in full swing here in Tallapoosa County. As of Friday, according to the website, we have 599 participants, 55 Teams, and more than $20,000 has already been raised. Last year, Tallapoosa County raised $65,000 and the 2012 goal is set at $75,000. The theme this year is Color a World Without Cancer. There are not many people who have not been touched by cancer in one way or another, and we must pull together as a community and do our part.

Relay for Life will be held Friday, May 11 at Charles E. Bailey Sportplex in “The Hollow,” the grassy area across from the Camp Fire Hut, from 6 p.m.-6 a.m. Jonathan Bloom and the First United Methodist Praise Band will provide live entertainment in addition to other performers yet to be announced. Todd Henderson of First United Methodist Church and Mabry Cook, Director of UAB Medicine­-The Cancer Center at RMC, will share emcee duties. Cook is also the 2012 President of the Relay for Life committee. Dr. Ed Partridge, immediate past president of the American Cancer Society and Director of the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center in Birmingham will be the guest speaker in celebration of RMC’s joint venture with UAB.

I’ve attended several fundraising functions this week, and it is incredible to see how on fire our community is about ending cancer. The rodeo held several weeks ago ended up raising $2,000.

Monday, March 26, I attended the Pampered Chef party hosted by the Preceptor Alpha Theta chapter of Beta Sigma Phi at St. James Episcopal Church. My mother, Linda Shaffer, is Team Captain for Beta Sigma Phi. This year Beta Sigma Phi has a tie dyed theme in support of all cancers.

Pampered Chef is similar to a cooking show, in the sense that the rep prepares food for the group while demonstrating various Pampered Chef cooking products. The guests then place direct orders from the Pampered Chef catalog. I purchased an icing decorator and candy thermometer, which was much needed after a Christmas disaster involving an ill fated attempt at making divinity using a meat thermometer.

Mary Lyman Boone, assisted by Amy Duncan, organized the party. Brenda Winslett, Beth Holley’s sister, was the Pampered Chef rep and finds fundraising parties to be particularly rewarding and was especially excited to be doing this one for Relay for Life. Pampered Chef will serve as a fundraiser for the charity of your choosing. The company sends you a check for 15 percent of the total sales, and Brenda herself pledged a 5 percent donation.

Brenda prepared two tapenades, assorted dips, and pound cake, while demonstrating various vegetable cutters, shredders, and serving and cooking ware. The ladies all enjoyed trying out the products and the checkbooks were quickly put to good use!

Spotted: Mary Lyman Boone, Amy Duncan, Beth Holley, Linda Shaffer, Janet Price, Lynn Hayes, Cheryl Young, Sharon Fuller, Cameron Dodwell, Wanda Toland, Paula Walker, Syble Johnston, Shirley Penton, and Ellen Martin.

Tuesday morning the Spring Plant Sell hosted by Russell Medical Center’s Marketing and HR department. Tim Price, owner of Lake Martin Garden Shop, donated various plants and flowers at cost so RMC would be able to donate all proceeds to benefit Relay for Life. Tim is also donating his double knock out roses as another fundraiser for Beta Sigma Phi. The roses can be preordered right now at $25 per plant through April 14. Contact Linda Shaffer at 256-794-4641 to place your order today. Both RMC and Beta Sigma Phi are incredibly grateful for Tim’s generosity and serving spirit. Go by and see Tim down on Highway 63 this weekend and spruce up your space!

Spotted: Susan Foy, Dr. Katie Cooper, Carol Nelson, April Turner, Mary Shockley, Tim Phillips, Martha Boyd, and Phyllis Ellison.

RMC’s HR & Marketing team color is blue and they are promoting colon cancer awareness. RMC has a total of 30 teams, internally, and all will host at least one fundraising event.

Wednesday the Business Office and Registration team held a Happily Ever After Jewelry Sale.

Thursday the Obstetricians and Pediatrics Team hosted 31 Handbags, Scentsy Candles and a bake sale. The Dietary team hosted a Badge Holder Sale and Handmade Designs by Miranda Wyckoff.

Friday the Radiology department hosted McDavid and Co. and Little Black Dress, who agreed to donate 10 percent of sales toward Relay for Life. Spotted: Kimmy Thompson, Karen Hodnett, Brianne Taylor, Stephanie Smith, Keith Little, Tammy Dunaway, Debbie Chapman, Leah Blair, Susan Foy, Sherry Freeman, Martha McClellan, Tillie Parks, Emmett Crowe, and Ellen Abernathy.

Keith Little of McDavid and Co. called their turnout “fantastic.”

“We want to thank everyone at the hospital for coming out and shopping with us. It has been so much fun watching everyone shop, especially for such a good cause.” Stephanie said. Mark your calendars: Little Black Dress will be expanding to a new building May 1 on Alabama Street. Congratulations!

Contact Mabry Cook or Janet Austin at RMC at (256) 329-7888 should you have any questions regarding how to get involved in Relay for Life. Jennifer Baker is also happy to assist and you can contact her at (256) 329-6776. The Outlook is available to include your fundraising events in our calendar page. I think we can beat $75,000, how about you?

Howell works as an advertising representative for Tallapoosa Publishers, Inc., in addition to writing this column. Contact Howell at to keep her In the Loop of events.