Relay For Life 2017 Touches Many Souls Generates $140K In Donations

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Relay For Life 2017 Touches Many Souls Generates $140K In Donations
Relay For Life 2017 Touches Many Souls Generates $140K In Donations

“Everyone is only 1 degree away from being touched by Cancer.”

For many memorable photographs of this event, please see below …

The annual Relay for Life of Cullman County event is not a common news story.

Attempting to provide ‘news coverage’ does not lend itself to imparting the mental, emotional and spiritual impact experienced by all participants. Instead, the only way to truly grasp Relay for Life is to experience event firsthand.

With that disclaimer, here goes:

“Everyone is only 1 degree away from being touched by Cancer.”

Relay For Life 2017 Touches Many Souls Generates $140K In Donations

On Wednesday, May 3rd at 7 am, the Relay For Life events began with a Cancer Survivors Breakfast at the Cullman Church of Christ.

All survivors in Cullman County were invited to attend along with a caregiver or a guest of their choosing.

Next up was Bank Night. This gathering occurred on Thursday, May 4th at 5:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall of the First Baptist Church. This important event was for the accounting of monetary donations.

The BIG day of Relay for Life of Cullman County finally arrived on Friday, May 5th.

Despite extremely challenging weather conditions earlier in the day, the Relay For Life agenda kicked off – more or less as planned – at 6 pm at the Cullman County Fairgrounds.

Relay For Life 2017 Touches Many Souls Generates $140K In Donations

Tim Kelly was the Master of Ceremonies.

5:00 pm Survivor Dinner

6:00 pm Opening Ceremony
This ceremony celebrated everyone who has been affected by cancer with the large crowd cheering them on.

Featured was:
Color Guard – Cullman Area Technology Academy’s JROTC Program
National Anthem – Becky Finley
Invocation – Pastor Eric Martin, Seventh Street Baptist Church
Speaker – Sabrena Handley

6:45 pm Survivor Walk
7:00 pm  Survivor Lap
Survivors epitomized courage and inspired everyone facing a cancer diagnosis. With each step they took, the survivors showed both their strength and courage.

7:15 pm  Caregiver Lap
7:30 pm Team Lap / Banner Judging
The selfless act of Caring for others was acknowledged and celebrated.

7:45 pm Sponsors Lap
All sponsors for this year’s Relay For Life of Cullman County were recognized.

8:00 pm Wallace State Singers & Tent Judging
1st – The C Team
2nd – The Bridge
3rd – Cullman High School

8:30 pm Tee Shirt Contest
1st Place – The C Team
2nd Place – The Bridge
3rd Place – Cullman High School

9:00 pm Luminaria Service
Keynote Speaker – Lori Brown Kuhuski
A deeply touching service where each Luminaria bag represents a loved one lost to cancer. The service supported those affected by cancer as well as honoring survivors.

9:30 pm Bra Competition
1st Place – Eva School
2nd Place – Cullman High School
3rd Place – ACYT Yutaka

9:45 pm Boxer Shorts Competition
1st Place – Eva School
2nd Place – Cullman High School
3rd Place – Cullman County Sheriff’s Office

10:00 pm Spirit Stick Competition
1st Place – The Bridge
2nd Place – Eva School
3rd Place – Cullman County Sheriff’s Office

10:30 pm Womanless Beauty Competition
1st Place – Wallace State
2nd Place – Cullman County Sheriff’s Office
3rd Place – The Bridge

11:00 pm Relay Lip-Sync Battle
1st Place – The C Team
2nd Place – The Bridge
3rd Place – Cullman High School

11:30 pm Closing Ceremony
Fight Back Ceremony
Finally, all participants celebrated all they accomplished together and remembered those they’ve lost.

Kris’ Kornertstone team wins spirit points competition with Cullman County Sheriff’s office in second.

Banner Contest winners:
1st The Bridge
2nd Cullman High School
3rd tie between Kris’ Kornerstone and Eva School

T-shirt Contest winners:
1st Topre
2nd Team McGhee
3rd The Bridge

Relay For Life 2017 Touches Many Souls Generates $140K In Donations

53 Teams raised a whopping $142,243.99 (which was just short of their $150,00 goal).

Boozefighter Motorcycle Club donated of $17,200 to Relay For Life of Cullman County!

Boozefighter Motorcycle Club is not a motorcycle gang. It is a historical group with a long, noble history of support and contributions in the fight against cancer.

Here is how all the teams that organized for Relay For Life contributed:

Topre Cullman
Laura Powell $14,402
Ten team members

REHAU
Amy Shadrick $11,933
Two team members

Kris’ Kornerstone
Kris Thompson $7,895
Five team members

Cullman Primary Care, P.C.
Donnette Jones $6,182
46 team members

ACYT May the Cure Be With You
Brandy Smith $5,488
Eight team members

7th Street Baptist Church
Sue Schaefers $4,329
22 team members

CASH ACME
Judy Brown $4,253
One team member

General Dynamics GIT
Tim Walker $4,227
One team member

Wallace State Community College
Gail Crutchfield $4,077
22 team members

Merchants Bank of Alabama
Michelle Kimbrough $3,710
Two team members

Eva School Relay for Life Team
Rita Childers $3,595
15 team members

Team CCSO
Rebekah Cash $3,473
Three team members

Purple Skies
Callie Allen $3,377
Seven team members

The C Team
Beth Evans $3,200
Two team members

Myrna Hermetz Family Team
Myrna Hermetz $2,875
11 team members

Lil’ Dawgs
Kim Brown $2,593
Eight team members

Wal-Mart Distribution 6006
Adam Trowbridge $2,000
One team member

Brady’s Team
Shelly Johns $1,700
Nine team members

Woodland Village Health Care & Rehab
Mary Tilley $1,372
32 team members

Cullman High School
Jennifer Calahan $1,230
11 team members

Cullman Sassy Seniors
Connie Phillips $1,169
11 team members

Royal Technologies
Jason Price $1,113
One team member

Catholics for a Cure
Jacqueline Hill $1,000
One team member

Mountain Grove Missionary Baptist Church
Othella Hitt $800
One team member

Moore’s
Amy Moore $640
One team member

Team McGhee
Crystal Mcghee $540
11 team members

Welti Elementary School
Gina Webb $499
One team member

Walmart Cullman North
Sharon Sandlin $490
Eight team members

“Minion Magic”
Halene Semadeni $425
Eight team members

McCawley Family and Friends
Lorraine McCawley $401
One team member

The Bridge of Cullman
Grace Potter $327
Six team members

Finding Hope
Marlena Smith $264
Two team members

Heavenly Sealed
Lawanna Latham $210
One team member

Mt. Zion United Methodist Church
Brooke Marks $200
One team member

Weight Watchers
LaWanna Latham $155
One team member

Denny’s
Jeri Mikeal $132
One team member

The Cullman Times
Debbie Miller $130
One team member

Team Powers
James Powers $125
One team member

CULLMAN AUTO GLASS
Cullman Glass $100
One team member

Auburn Club
Charles Wunderlich $100
One team member

Papa Murphys
Emily Mayes $48
Three team members

Mimi and The Cancer Slayers
Malorie Mosley $28
One team member

The top individual participant/donor was Renee Quick at $2,035.

Volunteer for the Cancer Action Network

If you have a passion for helping end suffering and death from cancer, the American Cancer Society has the tools and camaraderie to help make you wildly successful.

The Cancer Action Network has volunteer action teams in over 400 communities across the nation. And they are filled with people just like you – ordinary Americans who are ready to dedicate a little bit of their time to the fight against cancer.

Their highly organized volunteer program provides you access to training, tools, and resources to amplify your voice and your impact. And, you get to do it with other volunteer advocates in Cullman who care as much as you do.

You can complete their simple form, and a local staff person or volunteer leader will contact you to talk through how you can be part of our exciting and fruitful team:

https://www.acscan.org/take-action/volunteer-acs-can

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