Oct. 9 6:00 HS Library-Committee
Nov. 13 6:00 HS Library-Committee
Jan. 15 6:00 HS Library-Committee
Feb. 12 5:30 Large Cafe-Committee
7:00 Kick-off Large Cafe-Team Captains
March 18 6:00 Large Cafe-Committee
7:00 Large Cafe-Team Captains
April 8 6:00 Large Cafe-Committee
7:00 Large Cafe-Team Captains
May 6 6:00 Large Cafe-Committee
7:00 Large Cafe-Team Captains
May 27 6:00 Large Cafe-Committee
7:00 Large Cafe-Team Captains-Final bank night and tee shirt distribution
June 6 RELAY
Relay For Life Awards Ceremony - 2007
(left) Co-chairs Mary Dunbar Daluisio and Peter McMahon; (right) Lynn Dingey accepts award for Team Lifesavers.
Beth Boron receives Hope Award.
Jodi Robinson Photos - Click for larger view.
The Grand Island Relay For Life officials, during the Awards Ceremony Tuesday, September 25th, announced the total funds raised for the 2007 relay is just over $128,000. Teams and awards follow:
Team Huth Road - Most Team Spirit
Team Independence - Best Team Theme
Sidway Superstars - Creativity
SRP - Total Tent
Team Lifesavers - Best Team Tent
Hunting For A Cure - Brightest Tent
Abraxis - Top Company In Our Community
Carter's- Top Family Team
Kaegebein - First Mini-Relay In Western New York For the recipients of pins: gold given for raising over $10,000; silver for raising from $5000 to
$10,000; and bronze given for raising $2,500 to $5000.
Grand Island SRP
Middle School Vikings
Polizzi's Power Walkers
Polka Dot Chix
Buses R Us
Ian's Choo Choo Caboose
Spontaneous Dental Hydroplosion
Ken Carters Violets
Hunting for a Cure
Happy Feets Penguins
Reg Schopp - Unsung Hero Award
Beth Boron - Hope Award
Anne Marie Lechner
The Grand Island Relay For Life Committee will host an awards and achievement
assembly at 7 p.m. Tuesday, September 25, 2007 in the Grand Island High School auditorium. All participants are invited to attend.
Awards for tent decorating and spirit will be announced along with achievement pins for all participants who have met their goals.
Refreshments will be served.
Annual Relay For Life Tree Planting - 2007
(left) Library Director Lynn Konovitz, Councilwoman Mary Cooke, volunteer Zoe Dodd, Gene Ryshkus - GI Garden Center, Supervisor and Relay Co-Chair Peter McMahon, Relay Chair Mary Dunbar-Daluisio, Councilman Richard Crawford.
Jodi Robinson Photo
Each year after the Grand Island Relay For Life in June, a tree is planted at the Grand Island Memorial Library on Bedell Road to commemorate the occasion and to honor cancer survivors. This year, the Grand Island Garden Center has donated a 15-foot lace leaf Birch tree, planted on Tuesday, August 7th.
Relay For Life
Jeff Voltz with Buffalo Jills - June 2007
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Pictured during the Grand Island Relay For Life 2007 is Jeff Voltz with members of the Buffalo Jills. Jeff, husband of the late Terry Voltz, is shown with their daughter, Kaitlin Volts, left bottom along with fellow Jill Katey Crowley and several other Jills! Thanks to Colleen O'Donnell who submitted the photo.
Grand Island Relay, Memorable Event - June 2007
The following was submitted to Isledegrande.com by Grand Island Relay For Life Co-Chairs Mary Dunbar-Daluisio and Supervisor Peter McMahon.
The Grand Island 5th annual Relay For Life event on June 8-9th was all brought together by a dynamic committee (at least 10 months of planning) - Sue Berger, Deb Bota, Cheryl Chamberlain, Sandra Cook, Beth Dommer, Dennis Donovan, Daneen Gallagher, Diane Garey, Kevin Hagen, Rosemary Hajnos, Catherine Kulak, Arlene Larry, Anne Marie Lechner, Candise Mye, Mandy Myers, Jodi Robinson, Sheryl Porto, Gary Roesch, Marietta Rotella, Alicia Sommer, Kim Schopp, Donna Tomkins, Liz Wilbert. Congratulations to all! Statistics
Total donations to date - $
850+ registered participants
2,500 estimated crowd
Approximately 75 survivors (including registered, invited and walk-ins) Team Awards
1. High Spirit - Team Huth
2. Creativity - Sidway Superstars
3. Theme - Lifesavers
4. Overall Team - SRP
5. Brightest - Hunting for a Cure Runners Up
Ian's Choo Choo
Wind, Rain Can't Stop Successful Relay For Life 2007 - June 2007
Relay For Life 2007 started off with extremely dark skies and strong winds.
Glenn Hillman (right) sang the National Anthem
Wind took many tents down - Beth Dommer - Deb Bastian & The New Covenant Tabernacle Worship Band
Deb Bastian & The New Covenant Tabernacle Worship Band - Mary Dunbar-Daluisio
Relay 2007 Co-Chair Supervisor Peter McMahon - Survivors
Team Huth - "The Boss" Mary Dunbar-Daluisio
Walkers - A record crowd attended this year's Relay For Life
Kim Schopp & Bob Kopf Photos
Weather could have been the demise of Grand Island's largest event - Relay For Life. However, we're talking Grand Island residents! Once the storm was over, people came to Masters Field in droves. Financial results have not been confirmed, however, Chairman Mary Dunbar-Daluisio reports that somewhere between $120,000 and $130,000 was raised. Fundraising for the American Cancer Society will continue through August 2007.
Buffalo Jills To Make Appearance At Grand Island Relay - June 2007
Grand Island resident Katilin Voltz is a Buffalo Jill and will be bringing 16 of her Jill friends to the Grand Island Relay for Life on Friday, June 8th. The Jills will be appearing between 7:30 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. and will be available to pose for pictures with anyone for a $1 donation. Katilin's mother, Terry Voltz, lost her battle with cancer this past year.
(Left) Vice Principal Chris Swiatek, Hall Monitor Mrs. MaryLou Cannata
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flyer - if you would like help make this happen on Friday, June 8th at the Grand Island Relay For Life!
Enterprise Donates To Relay For Life - May 2007
(Left) Reid Heiser, Carol Giambra, Katelyn Giambra, Mary Dunbar-Daluiso and Peter McMahon.
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Jodi Robinson Photo
Enterprise Rent-A-Car employees and Island residents Reid Heiser and Carol Giambra presented co-chairs Mary Dunbar-Daluiso and Peter McMahon with a check from Enterprise for $2,500 on Friday, June 1, 2007. This is the second year that Enterprise has made a generous donation.
Team Fleet Feet Raffles Sports Jerseys - June 2007 Click for larger view
Team Fleet Feet members are holding a raffle to raise funds for the Grand Island Relay For Life. 1st place is a signed Max Afinoganov jersey, 2nd place is a signed Buffalo Bills JP Losman jersey, 3rd place is a Buffalo Bandits jersey. Tickets are 1/$5 and 5/$20 and will be available at the Fleet Feet tent on Friday, June 8th at the Relay.
Veronica E. Connor Middle School Students Enjoy Relay Fundraising - June 2007
Mr. Guidotti takes it for the team
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Jodi Robinson Photos
Veronica E. Connor Middle School Assistant Principal Carl Guidotti enjoyed a sweet lunch on Tuesday, June 5, 2007. For three lunch periods, he sat wrapped in plastic as students were invited to throw whipped cream "pies" at $1 each. A total of $326.00 was raised for the middle school Relay For Life team.
"Giambra's Gift" - Co-Captain Authors Book - 2007
Grand Island Relay For Life Team "Giambra's Gift" Co-Captain, Jackie Giambra, has authored a book titled "Cancer My Gift From God." Book Excerpts After being diagnosed with breast cancer, Jackie had a strong need to put her thoughts and feelings on paper. Her story is a great help to other cancer survivors and caregivers. Jackie has graciously agreed to do a book signing the evening of the June 8th Relay event on the Grand Island High School grounds. Pretty incredible opportunity to be able to purchase a book written by a local author, have it signed, and know that 20% of the book price is being donated to the ACS Grand Island Relay For Life
Kaegebein Relay Team Holds Bake Sale - May 2007
(Left) Mrs. Cyndi Booker, Mrs. Kathy Fik, Mrs. Lynn Ackendorf with daughters Emily and Christi; (front) Miss Dana Santospirito
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Relay for Life Team Kaegebein held a bake sale during the school's choral concert on Tuesday, May 1, 2007. Kaegebein Elementary is the first school in the area that is going to hold their own Mini-Relay on Friday, May 25, 2007. Kaegebein Team Captain Mrs. Cyndi Booker has put together a comprehensive program that has been presented to the students during the month of May.
Polka Dot Chix Sponsor "Bootcamp" Fundraiser - 2007
Grand Island Relay For Life Team Polka Dot Chix is sponsoring a "Bootcamp" fundraiser at Bally Total Fitness, 3880 East Robinson, Amherst, on Friday, June 1st at 5:00 p.m. The class starts at 5:30 p.m. and runs until 7:00 p.m. Donation is $5.00 per person and there will be raffles, 50/50 split and a door prize. Everyone is welcome, members and non-member alike.
Alex Melisz Is Proud Of His Flags! - May 2007
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Have you "Flagged" anyone yet? Relay for Life Team Independence has been busy "Flagging" all over the Island and Alex Melisz and his family were flagged on May 6th. Alex is very proud as you can see! See "Team Independence" to get in on the action, all for the benefit of Relay For Life.
Astellas Pharma Silver Sponsor For GI Relay For Life - May 2007
Mary Dunbar-Daluiso and Scott Aladeen.
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Astellas Pharma Manufacturing, Inc. of Staley Road has again joined the Grand Island Relay For Life team by becoming a Silver Sponsor. On Thursday, May 17, 2007, Co-Chair Mary Dunbar-Daluiso accepted a $1,000 check from Astellas president Scott Aladeen.
Team "The Garden" - May 2007
Relay For Life team "The Garden" will host a basket and floral arrangement raffle on Thursday, May 31, 2007 in the Grand Island High School Viking Mall during the PTSA's High School Academic Awards. The awards ceremony begins at 7:30 p.m., and tickets will be available for purchase starting at 7 p.m.
Team Polka Dot Chix - May 2007
Members of the Relay for Life's Polka Dot Chix team will be set up a candy bar sale along with several items from The American Cancer Society at the Factory Outlet Mall on Saturday, May 19th and Saturday, May 26th. They will be there all day on both days and would love to see all of Grand Island out there showing their support for Relay for Life. Of course, Grand Island's Largest Piggy Bank will be there just waiting to be fed. There are many fundraisers going on this weekend all over Grand Island and surrounding areas for Relay so if you can't make it to the outlet, don't forget about getting that delicious chicken at the Town Hall on Saturday or bidding on all kinds of items at the New Apostolic Church. If bowling is what is up your alley or you would like a hot dog, you can join in for those fundraisers as well. Just check the website at Isledegrande.com for a complete updated Calendar. Grand Island's Relay and Team Polka Dot Chix thank everyone from the Grand Island community for your support and words of encouragement. Together, we will find a cure.
Bus's R Us Holds Bakesale - May 2007
Karen Smith (left) and Debbie Beyer.
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The Bus's R Us Relay For Life team took advantage of the PTSA Plant pick-up at the transportation center on Friday, May 11th, by holding a bake sale to raise funds for their team.
Over $500.00 was raised during the day, with the Bus Garage employees being their best customers.
Relay For Life Accepts Donations - May 2007
(left) Rotarian Gary Roesch, Zonta President Maria Burns, Relay Chair Mary Dunbar-Daluiso and Rotary President Angelo Grande.
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Relay For Life Chair Mary Dunbar-Daluiso accepted checks from the Grand Island Zonta Club and the Grand Island Rotary Club on Tuesday, May 8, 2007.
Zonta President Marie Burns presented a check for $500.00. Rotary President Angelo Grande and member Gary Roesch presented a check for $600.00.
Relay Team Fleet Feet Garage Sale
Relay For Life team Fleet Feet will hold a garage sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 26, at 120 Bishops Gate Road. The team will sell raffle tickets for a signed Max Afinogenov jersey, a signed JP Losman jersey, and a Buffalo Bandits autographed jersey.
"The Caterpillars" Team To Hold Bowling Event - May 2007
Relay for Life team "The Caterpillars" will hold a bowling event from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 20, 2007 at Mallwitz's Island Lanes, Whitehaven Road, Grand Island. The event will feature raffles, a Chinese auction, and 50/50 drawing.
The price is $12 adults/$10 child under 18/$35 for family of 4 and it includes 90 minutes of bowling, shoes, pizza, pop, & snacks. Reservations are not necessary but those participating are asked to arrive by 3:30 p.m. at the latest.
Lifesavers Sell Hot Dogs For Relay For Life - 2007
Lifesavers team members (left) Liz Zilbauer, Lynn Dingey, Neil McGinty, Ray Tafelski, John Whitney, Judy Tafelski and Jackie McGinty
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Team Lifesavers held a Hot Dog Roast at Budwey's Supermarket in North Tonawanda on Saturday, April 29, 2007 to raise funds for the American Cancer Society's Relay For Life at the Grand Island High School track on June 8-9, 2007.
Happy Feets Penguins Team To Hold Garage Sale - May 2007
The Happy Feets Penguins Team, made up of members of Cadette Troop #566, is sponsoring a Garage Sale at 1524 Bedell Road from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday May 12, 2007 to benefit Relay For Life. Games, basket raffle, kids entertainment, baked goods, etc. - all day long. Sale items: toys, clothes, household and much more.
Peng-O-Grams Fundraiser Happy Feets Penguins Team - May 2007
The Happy Feets Penguins Team, made up of members of Cadette Troop #566, is sponsoring a Peng-O-Grams fundraiser.
"Send a message to your family and friends . . .Happy birthday, Happy anniversary, Have a Happy Day - What ever you would like to say. The team will create a custom Peng-o-Gram. Details follow:
To Mail - $2
To Hand Deliver - $3
To Hand deliver, with a song - $5
To Hand Deliver, with a song by a "real" Penguin - $15
Lawn Signs (when available) - $25
Baby Penguin Signs (stuck in lawn) - minimum 10 - $1.50 each
Click Peng-O-Grams Form and fill it out. Call 774-8252 to reserve date, and mail/drop off form and payment to:
1596 Love Road
Grand Island, NY 14072
or give to any member of Girl Scout Troop 566. Thank you for supporting our Happy FEETS Penguins Team. Proceeds for Relay For Life.
Relay Co-Chairs On TV Tuesday - 2007
Kevin O'Neill of WGRZ Channel 2 is doing a live feed from the Anchor Bar in Buffalo at 5:45 p.m. tonight (May 1) and possibly featuring Grand Island Relay For Life Co-Chairs Mary Dunbar-Daluiso and Peter McMahon. All representatives of the Relay for Life in the WNY area have been invited to the Paint the Town Purple Day celebration at the Anchor Bar.
Purple Bow Sales - May 2007
The Grand Island Relay for Life committee spent Saturday morning, April 28, 2007 getting soaked while happily selling purple bows on the street corners and decorating the Town Commons. Over $700 was raised in purple bow sales Saturday alone. Bows will be available while supplies last for $1.00 each at the Isledegrande.com office at 1871 Whitehaven Road.
Looking For The Flamingo Flock? - 2007
The following are the locations of those who have been "Flamingo Flocked":
4/28/07 - 1966 Whitehaven - Bright Ideas
4/28/07 - 21 Summer Place - Becker
4/30/07 - 3554 Sandy Beach Rd. - Argy
5/1/07 - 5650 East River Rd. - Argy
5/1/07 - 1849 Grand Island Blvd. - McMahon's Family Restaurant
5/2/07 - 1001 Carter Dr. - Duggan
5/2/07 - 300 Block of Tracey Ln.
5/3/07 - 3509 Warner Dr. - Quarantello
5/3/07 - 1972 Marjorie Dr. - Buell
5/4 - 3142 E. River - Hess
5/4 - 2807 Baseline - Collins
5/5 - 3043 W. River - Fechter
5/5 - 2101 Harvey - Anderson
5/6 - 70 Melrose - Dobmeier
5/6 - 1344 E. Park - Mesmer
5/8 - 66 Independence Ln. - Robinson
5/8 - 2937 W. River - Hall
5/9 - 5273 E. River - Stessing
5/9 - 5177 E. River - Stessing
5/10 - 615 Baseline - Rudney
5/10 - 173 Hennepin - Merritt
5/11 - GI Blvd. - Town Café
5/12 - 1525 Huth- Silvestri
5/12 - 951 Foxcroft - McDonnell
5/13 - 112 Old Carriage House Ln. - VanDusen
5/13 - 5631 E. River - Hess
5/14 - 1145 Baseline - Skinner
5/14 - 5023 E. River - Schaab
5/15 - 736 Baseline Rd. - Zilbauer
5/15 - 82 Whitetail Run - Stark
5/16 - 962 Enola - Leckey
5/16 - 3012 Love - Schaab
5/17 - 1607 Broadway - Ballester
5/17 - 1178 Meadow Ln. - Bellanca
5/18 - 235 Woodstream - Brandon
5/19 - Town Common - Relay Chicken BBQ
5/20 - 78 Pellamwood - Donner
5/20 - 95 Settlers Row - Martino
5/21 - 986 Stony Point - Kilmer
5/23 - 3377 Staley Rd. - Hogrewe
5/23 - 7214 Ward Rd., Wheatfield(!) - Piorkowski
5/24 - 2285 W. River - Burke
5/24 - 1467 E. Park - Nesbitt
5/25 - 2783 W. River - Tomkins
5/25 - 29 Riverview - Newkirk
5/26 - 1515 W. River - Cook
5/26 - 978 Alt Blvd. - Butcher
5/27 - 36 Melrose - Kowzan
5/28 - 2166 Harvey - Castiglia
5/29 - 1674 Huth Rd. - Guenot
5/30 - 769 N. Colony - Snyder
5/31 - 2551 Fix Rd. - Clarke
"The Relay For Life Team, "Lifesavers," is sponsoring the "Flamingo Flock" fundraiser. You can send the flock flying to your best friend or buy insurance to keep your lawn free of them. The 'Relay purple'
flamingos will stay in one spot a minimum of one day. There are two flocks of 12 Flamingos each this year. This year is a little different than last - members of Team Lifesavers are taking a $25 donation to have the flock placed in someone's yard (last year there was a $25 donation to have them removed). Team Lifesavers is also selling "Flock Insurance" - donate $25 for Flock Insurance so that the Flock does NOT land in your yard. Checks payable to the American Cancer Society will be collected when the flamingos are picked up, or may be mailed to Liz Zilbauer, 2255 Baseline Road, Grand Island, NY 14072. For more information, or to schedule a landing in a yard of your choice, call 773-4649."
Town Hall "Lifesavers" Paint The Town Purple - 2007
(front left) Helen Newkirk, Liz Zilbauer, Carol Barnhart, Lynn Dingey, Mickey Kujawa.
(middle) Linda Koch, Pam Whitney, Jackie McGinty, Diane Darmofalski
(top) Supervisor Peter McMahon, Judy Tafelski, Linda Tufillaro.
The flock at McMahon's Family Restaurant.
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Jodi Robinson Photos
The Grand Island Town Hall Relay For Life-Team, Lifesavers, was busy on Tuesday, May 1st painting the town hall purple. Balloons, bows and ribbons create a festive atmosphere and celebrate the volunteers' efforts to raise funds for the American Cancer Society's Relay For Life, June 8-9, 2007. Members of Team Lifesavers are in charge of the purple flamingo flock this year. The flock travels from yard to yard raising funds as they go. For more information call 773-4649.
A chicken bbq with all the fixins' by BW's Barbecue will be held from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 19, 2007 at the Town Commons. Tickets are to be ordered ahead of time ($8.00 each) by calling 773-5305. Drive Up service will be available.
Candy Bars In Large Quantities - Team Polka Dot Chix Newest Fundraiser - May 2007
Team Polka Dot Chix is announcing another fundraiser that not only saves time for you but the money raised goes to a great cause. Several people have approached us about buying the candy bars for favors for communions, kids' parties and even weddings. At only $1.00 a piece, you can't go wrong. If you are interested in purchasing a large quantity for your next function, please call us at 774-8978 and we will make sure that you get the freshest chocolate around. Also, we are offering a service to all of you brides out there. Instead of giving out a favor at your wedding, you can make a donation to The American Cancer Society. You could place on your tables that a donation has been made to The American Cancer Society along with a little note stating for example: As we celebrate our new life together, we take a moment to reflect on those who we have lost. This truly is a meaningful tribute especially if you have lost someone personally to this disease.
As always, Team Polka Dot Chix thanks you for your continued support.
"Fun"Draiser Night At Pizza Hut - May 2007
Are you tired of cooking? Do you need a night off from preparing, serving and cleaning up the mess? If your answer is yes, do we have a solution for you. The Relay For Life Polka Dot Chix team is sponsoring a fundraiser at Grand Island Pizza Hut on Monday, May 14, 2007 from 4-8 p.m. Bring in a coupon and Pizza Hut will donate 20% of your purchases (excluding alcoholic beverages) to the Polka Dot Chix team. Print Coupon or call 774-8978 and "we can make sure you receive one.
Team Polka Dot Chix Candy Sale Update - 2007 Polka Dot Chix - April 28, 2007 . . .
To the residents of Grand Island
Here is an update for sales of candy bars through April 27th. To date we have sold 2,000 bars and it's all because of the generous people of Grand Island and the surrounding areas. The following businesses were so supportive of us and we can't thank them enough for allowing us to set up our table in order to sell candy bars. These businesses are First Niagara Bank, HSBC Bank,Tops, and Galleria Mall. More than selling the candy, the experience of talking with people and listening to their stories about surviving cancer or losing someone to cancer is where we truly grow as individuals. The heart wrenching story of the lady who lost her father and husband to cancer and now has learned that her daughter is suffering from Lou Gehrigs Disease. The story of the lady we only know as Kim who for the last two years has given us a very large donation in memory of her mom. Or there is the story of the lady that lost a breast to the disease but
is here today to say that no signs of cancer exists. Then there is the story of the man on the bike who visited us at the bank and at Tops. He bought so many bars and just gave them away. What an awesome person. We could go on and on. Not only do we want to raise money and awareness for this disease, we want people to know that we truly understand. For every yesterday, there will be a tomorrow. Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win.
Thank you and God Bless,
Team Polka Dot Chix
Purple Is The Color For May - 2007
Ian Cameron is ready for Paint the Town Purple.
Jodi Robinson Photos
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Grand Island is the "Island of Hope" and will soon be PURPLE! The Relay For Life, "Paint the Town Purple" campaign begins this Saturday, April, 28, 2007. Purple bows will be for sale around town from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., and purple ribbons at no charge are available at deSignet Jewelry Store, 1869 Whitehaven Road while supplies last. Cancer survivor Ian Cameron and his mom, Dona, got a head start this week by decorating their front yard on Baseline Road. May 1st is the actual "Paint the Town Purple" day, but the campaign will continue through the month of May. Remember the Relay For Life is Friday, June 8th at the Grand Island High School track from 6 p.m. - ? and everyone is welcome.
The American Cancer Society has planned a nationwide "Paint The Town Purple" campaign for Tuesday, May 1, 2007. We want to see everything purple around town. Come by the deSignet Jewelry Store, 1869 Whitehaven Road and get a few yards of Purple ribbon at no charge. Decorate in your own way around your yard and show your neighbors you care about the fight against cancer. Remember the Grand Island Relay For Life takes place Friday-Saturday, June 8-9, 2007 at the Grand Island High School football field and everyone is welcome.
Relay For Life Team Mike's Marchers To Hold Garage Sale - April 2007
Mike's Marchers is planning to hold a garage sale for the Relay for Life from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 2nd at 1001 Carter Drive. The team will continue to raise money in memory of Mike Duggan who passed away from cancer in 2005. 100% of the money collected will go to the American Cancer Society. "We would gladly accept donations from anyone who would like to contribute items to sell," a Mike's Marchers team member said. For pick-up information, call Kathy at 773-5491.
GIHS Student Relay Teams Raise Funds
Polka Dot Chix- Cassie LoBrutto, Alicia Sommer and Jessica LoBrutto
(right) Everyday Super Heroes - Mrs. Patty Wagner, Tristen LaBarre, Megan Wagner, Joe Romano, Caitlin Cook, Meghan Yahner and Mrs. Carol Yahner.
Jodi Robinson Photos
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The sun was shining on Saturday, April 21, 2007 and two Relay for Life teams from Grand Island High School were out raising funds. The Polka Dot Chix set up at Tops Friendly Market-Grand Island, sold candy bars and had the world's largest piggybank displayed. Over at HSBC-Grand Island, members of the Everyday Super Heroes team were holding a bake sale. Thanks to moms Mrs. Patty Wagner and Mrs. Carol Yahner for baking most of the treats. On Saturday, April 27th Relay For Life Team Polka Dot Chix will sell candy bars from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at HSBC Bank.
The following are the locations of those who have been "Flagged" by Team Independence:
4/18/07 - 94 Independence Lane - Rob & Christine Ratajczak
4/19/07 - 111 Hennepin - Doug and Polly Smith
4/20/07 - G.I. Blvd - Carlo's Hair Design
4/21/07 - 2044 Town Hall Terrace - Nancy Hayes
4/24/07 - 2078 East River Road - Joanne & Jim Federspiel
4/25/07 - 3550 Warner Drive - Cory Colpetzer
4/25/07 - 2046 Long Road - George and Mary Anne Crowe
4/27/07 - 42 Trails End - Frank & Sue Brusino
4/27/07 - 3947 West River Road - Irene Burley
5/1/07 - 45 Timberlink Drive - Nicole & Bob Oursler
5/2/07 - 3957 West River Pkwy. - Floyd & Chie Doring
5/2/07 - 3175 Baseline Road - Tony & Jackie Nowakowski
5/3/07 - 34 Island Park Circle - Brian & Alison DeGlopper
5/4/07 - 206 Independence Lane - Geoff & Beth Mahoney
5/4/07 - 2338 First Street - Brian & Dana Robinson
5/5/07 - 192 Independence Lane - Sue & Bob Hoy
5/6/07 - 31 Independence Lane - Linda & Bob Strough
5/6/07 - 955 West River Road - Tracy & Ed Milisz
5/9/07 - 283 White Oak Lane - Kathy Andress
5/18/07 - Stonypoint Road -Renee & Mark Foote
5/19/07 - 45 Brandywine - Frank & Jean Guagliano
5/30/07 - 260 South Marlin Drive - Michele & Dave Smith
See "more information."
Relay For Life Team Huth To Hold Garage Sale - April 2007
Team Huth is sponsoring a Relay Garage Sale from 4-7 p.m. on Friday, May 11 and from 9 a.m. to 12 noon on Saturday, May 12th at 71 Old Carriage House Road (Bedell to Jamestown to Old Carriage House Road). Team members will sell hot dogs/pop on Friday. Everything is priced to sell with all proceeds going to Relay for Life. Something for everyone!
Relay For Life - First Annual Sunset Tent - April 2007
Team Polka Dot Chix is sponsoring the First Annual Sunset Tent. During the Relay, you will be able to walk through the tent and view pictures of loved ones and friends who have been lost to this terrible disease. From a picture you provide to the team (any size), a 4 x 6 picture will be made with persons name, date of birth (sunrise) and date of their passing
(sunset). Professionally taken pictures will not be accepted due to copyright laws. For more information and a sunset form click here.
Team Independence Kicks Off "You've Been Flagged" Fundraiser - April 2007
Relay for Life - Team Independence kicks off their "You've Been Flagged"
fundraising program today (Apr. 19th). Wouldn't you like to surprise a friend or family member with a Patriotic morning wake-up to a front lawn full of a dozen waving American flags? If so, please contact Debbie Robinson at (716) 773-7007. Please provide all of the pertinent details including name/address of person(s) to be "flagged".
Show your patriotic support along with the support of Relay for Life through a nominal donation of $20 to the American Cancer Association. Stay tuned to www.isledegrande.com to see the most recent list of people who have provided their support for Team Independence!
Relay For Life -"Island Of Hope" Fifth Event - April 2007 By Mary Dunbar-Daluisio, Grand Island Relay Co-Chairman
Grand Island is about to host its American Cancer Society Relay For Life event for the fifth time, on June 8th at the Grand Island High School track beginning with opening ceremonies at 7 p.m. The committee has been at work since last year attempting to provide a forum for all to enjoy. It is a joyous celebration of life and hope to all who have to deal with the disease. The Island's Relay For Life committee has come to name our Relay For Life, "Island of Hope," and encourages anyone who hasn't had the opportunity to get involved to come and see what it is all about.
Those seeking to purchase luminarias are asked to contact Arlene Larry, 773-3039 or any team member. Luminarias are a candle that is purchased to remember a loved one or honor a cancer survivor and we line the track with them and at dark there is a ceremony in lighting them where they are allowed to burn bright throughout the night to light our way. Luminarias may also be purchased the night of the event.
Teams have been forming and still are. You are never too late. For more information, call Jane Dent at American Cancer Society, 689-6982, extension 117 or log on to www.acsevents.org/relay/ny/grandisland.
Watch the Calendar
and plan to attend team fundraisers in support of each other - an example of our Island community's generosity was after St. Stephen's Cub Scouts held their spaghetti dinner, the left over sheet cakes were given to members of the team "Baken Babes" who were selling baked goods in Tops the last week in March - or Team Polka Dot Chix, attempting to sell 10K candy bars signifying one for each child who will be diagnosed this year. The candy bars are being purchased from the Chocolate House on Whitehaven Road, keeping the business on Grand Island.
Ted Wesolek and John Stickl have been with the Relay For Life event since its inception on Grand Island. They will continue to pray over all attending especially the survivors. Those requesting to be prayed over may go to the Prayer Tent (nondenominational).
May 1st is nationally known as Paint The Town Purple. We will "Paint the Island" purple to bring awareness of Relay in our community. Purple ribbon is available at deSignet Inc. Jewelry, 1869 Whitehaven Road. The committee will sell purple bows at Tim Horton's, Tops, and HSBC bank on Saturday, April 28. The ribbons and bows may be used to decorate your mailbox, tree, or front door. Just use your imagination and we just might have a judging contest.
And don't forget the purple flock. Have it sent to your best friend or buy insurance to keep your lawn free of them. For more information, call 773-4649. The flock will start landing the last weekend in April and continue until the Relay. The purple flamingos will stay in one spot a minimum of one day. There are two flocks of 12 Flamingos each this year. This year is a little different than last - members of Team Lifesavers are taking a $25 donation to have the flock placed on somebody's yard (last year there was a $25 donation to have them removed). Team Lifesavers is also selling "Flock Insurance" - donate $25 for Flock Insurance so that the Flock does NOT land in your yard.
Representatives and teams of the Relay are invited to come together again for an appearance in the July 4th parade.
We would like to invite all survivors to be our guest at Relay as you are our reason to relay. The opening ceremony is all survivors, and their caregivers making the first lap around the track. It is joyous news from the NCI that survivors are on the incline for the second year in a row so we are headed in the right direction. The ACS goal is to eliminate cancer by 2015 so help us by joining us. It is sometimes overwhelming how wonderful the community of Grand island is. Four years ago we raised 12K and last year Grand Island raised 112K. When we look around at our neighbors do we know them? Isn't our community extremely unique? I for one am a fifth generation Islander and my pride in our community is enormous. It just amazes me how we come together in such masses for such a cause that effects so many of us. We truely are the "Island Of Hope."
Relay For Life's Paint the Town Purple campaign is coming to town on Tuesday, May 1st. Grand Island will be decorating the town center on Saturday, April 28th starting at 9:00 a.m. Bows will be available for sale at HSBC Grand Island, 2300 Grand Island Blvd., Top's Grand Island, 2140 Grand Island Blvd. and Tim Horton's Grand Island, 1685 Grand Island Blvd. from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. on that day. Free pieces of ribbon are available at deSignet Jewelry Store, 1871 Whitehaven Rd. and are available for the next few weeks while supplies last. For more information and purple ideas, go to Paint the Town Purple Information
Island Team Lifesavers Begins Its Purple Flock Landings - 2007
Supervisor Peter McMahon and Councilman Gary Roesch put the purple on the flock Click photo for larger view.
Members of the Grand Island Relay Team Lifesavers will begin landing their purple flocks around the Island the last weekend in April and continue until the Relay. The purple flamingos will stay in one spot a minimum of one day. There are two flocks of 12 Flamingos, and for a different twist, members of Team Lifesavers are taking a $25 donation to have the flock placed on somebody's yard (last year there was a $25 donation to have them removed). Team Lifesavers is also selling "Flock Insurance" - donate $25 for Flock Insurance so that the Flock does NOT land in your yard. Call 773-4649 to make arrangements.
Chinese Auction For Relay For Life - May 2007
Relay For Life Team Ian's Choo Choo Caboose will hold a Chinese auction at the New Apostolic Church, 2728 Bedell Road, corner of Stony Pt., from 2-5 p.m. Sunday, May 20. Basket Raffle including Celebrity Signed Items, Gift Certificates available.
Garage Sale For Relay For Life - April 2007
A Trash to Cash for Cancer - Hugest Garage Sale sponsored by Relay Team Grand Island SRP, is being held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 2 at 2005 Stony Point Road. For donations/drop-offs call Linda at 775-3012.
Jewelry Sale For Relay For Life - April 2007
The Grand Island Relay For Life Team, Flanilicious, will sponsor
a jewelry sale from 1-6 p.m., Saturday, April 28th in the St. Stephen's Church hospitality room. The all hand made jewelry is priced from $5-$105 and selections range from sterling silver to semi-precious stones, earrings, bracelets, necklaces, pins, rings, mother's bracelets, chains and Mother's Day is just around the corner. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Grand Island Relay For Life. For further information, contact Diane Garey, 773-5714.
Relay For Life Team Polka Dot Chix Attempt To Sell 10,000 Candy Bars - 2007
The Polka Dot Chix will be setting up all over Grand Island this months in their efforts to sell 10,000 candy bars...one for each child that will be diagnosed this year. The team hopes that community will show support on the following days and locations:
Friday, April 20th at The First Niagara Bank from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday, April 21st at Tops from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Friday, April 27th at HSBC Bank from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Grand Island's Largest Piggy Bank will also be making an appearance with an empty tummy. "We look forward to seeing you and appreciate all of your support for Grand Island's Relay for Life."
Paint The Island Purple For Relay For Life - April 2007
Grand Island Relay For Life committee members will be selling purple bows from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 28 at Tim Horton's, Tops Market and HSBC bank, to bring awareness of Paint The Island Purple Day, May 1st (nationally known as Paint The Town Purple) in hopes of publicity for Relays in communities all over the country. "And just maybe we will have a decorating contest of Island homes," Island Co-chair Mary Dunbar-Daluiso said this week. "So don't be left out in the cold or just maybe a flock of purple birds will land on you lawn," she said.
"Everyone who is involved in Grand Island's Relay For Life is invited to decorate town hall grounds on April 28 in case Channel 2 News comes to cover," the Relay Co-chair said. Those participating are asked to meet at the Brick Oven at 8:30 a.m. where ribbon and job responsibilities for all volunteers will be dispensed.
Purple ribbon is available at deSignet International, 1869 Whitehaven Road. Those needing ribbon for their front porch, tree, mailbox etc. are invited to stop by and pick it up, courtesy of the Island of Hope Relay Committee.
Team Polka Dot Chix Chapter III 2007
Relay for Life team, The Polka Dot Chix - see "Letter"
Relay For Life Team Polka Dot Chix Announces Candy Sale - 2007
Relay for Life team, The Polka Dot Chix will be setting up tables at the Galleria Mall on Friday, April 6th and Saturday, April 7th. Candy bars will be for sale along with an appearance from Grand Island's Largest Piggy Bank. The team led by captain Alicia Sommer has a lot of ideas this year. They are planning on selling 10,000 candy bars over the next several months as well as setting up a Sunset Tent at the Relay. (more details to follow) If you know of a business that would like to purchase a box of candy bars for their employees, please contact us at 774-8978. The team looks forward to seeing you and appreciates your support. Remember, when you see the purple banner, please stop and support this wonderful cause. Many of the teams have some great functions planned and truly would appreciate your encouragement.
Team Flanilicious Bowl-A-Thon 2007
Relay for Life team, Flanilicious will host a Bowl-A-Thon, Silent Auction and Basket Raffle on Saturday, May 12 at 6:00 p.m. at Mallwitz's Island Lanes. To register call Diane Garey at 773-5714 and print out the sponsor form.
There are two ways to participate, a $20.00 entry fee includes 2 games, shoes, pizza and pop. The other option is to turn in a minimum of $50.00 in donations from sponsors and you bowl and eat for free and receive $35.00 in raffle tickets FREE.
Silent Auction prizes include a family weekend at Splash Lagoon, Holiday Fitness Center & pool memberships, Buffalo Bisons tickets, Sabres memorabilia, Lasertron passes and dinner certificates. All proceeds to benefit the American Cancer society.
A Chicken BBQ Dinner to benefit Grand Island's Relay For Life will be held from 2-7 p.m. Saturday, May 19, 2007 at the Town Hall Town Common. Drive up service will be available. The event is being sponsored by Team Lifesavers. Tickets are $8.00 each and available at Town Hall. See "Chicken BBQ & Events."
Pound Auction Fundraiser To Benefit Relay For Life - 2007
St. Timothy Lutheran Church parishioners will again present a "Pound Auction" beginning at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, March 31, 2007 in the church fellowship hall at 1453 Staley Road. The event promises to be an afternoon of laughter, fun, celebration with family and friends and the chance to help raise funds benefiting the American Cancer Society's Relay For Life.
Here's what you do: find a pound of something, wrap it uniquely (disguising what you brought). You don't want it to be obvious that it is a pound of candy or flour etc. The ideas are endless. Bring your wrapped item with you and the other attendees will bid on it at auction. All items are auctioned off using 25 cent increments.
Come and bring a friend as the more guests, the more pound items, the more raised on behalf of our team for the Relay.
Relay For Life is a fundraising project where teams are formed and the members show their commitment to fighting cancer by raising funds for use in research and cancer programs.
The team walks from Friday, June 8th overnight to the morning of Saturday June 9th around the Grand Island High School track.
Thank you on behalf of team members from The Garden team and auction organizers, Karen Sturniolo (773-9342), Wendy Koch (298-4752) and Cindy Imerese (775-1022). Please RSVP so we may have adequate seating.
Relay For Life Kick-Off - February 2007
(left) 2007 Relay committee members - (right) Co-Chair Mary Dunbar-Daluiso
(left) 2006 Honorary Survivor Alicia Sommers and Beth Dommer; (middle) 2007 Honorary Survivor Beth Dommer
(right) Littlest survivor Ian Cameron and mother Dona.
Kim Schopp & Jodi Robinson Photos
Spring is just around the corner. We know that because the Grand Island Relay For Life Kick-Off was held Wednesday, February 8, 2007. Numerous teams came out to the high school auditorium to hear what's new and to pick up their Team Captain Packets. Returning co-chairs, Mary Dunbar-Daluisio and Peter McMahon, brought everyone up to date on the state of the Grand Island Relay which will be held at the high school field on Friday, June 8th. This year's theme is Island of Hope, "Go Retro For A Cure." Close to $120,000 was raised in 2006 by the Grand Island Relay, up 30% from the previous year. American Cancer Society representative Deb Bogdan was on hand to visit her "favorite" relay and to report that Grand Island's Relay is the fastest growing event in WNY and #2 overall in the area.
During the program, last year's Honorary Survivor Alicia Sommers welcomed Beth Dommer as Honorary Survivor 2007 in a candle lighting ceremony. Cassie Ungaro impressed the attendees when she sang the uplifting "Just A Prayer Away" during the ceremony. Beth, who is also a team captain for Bus's R' Us, gave a heartfelt speech describing her journey with cancer and her pleasure in helping out with the Relay. Beth also gave all survivors attending a bottle of bubbles to signify well wishes and celebrate being a survivor. The youngest survivor at the meeting was Ian Cameron who especially enjoyed the bubbles.
Another highlight of the evening was Stu Lowe, a member of the Lewiston Relay For Life, who gave a power point presentation on this past fall's Celebration on the Hill in Washington D.C. which was attended by 10,000, Relayers, including co-chairs Peter McMahon and Mary Dunbar-Daluisio. The kick-off was very motivational for all the participants.
Captain Meetings Schedule:
Tuesday, March 6, 7:00 p.m. - High School Cafeteria
Tuesday, April 3, 7:00 p.m. - High School Cafeteria
Tuesday, May 8, 7:00 p.m. - High School Cafeteria
Tuesday, May 29, 7:00 p.m. - High School Cafeteria (T-Shirt Distribution & Bank Night)
Easter Candy Fundraiser - February 2007
The Relay For Life 2007 Flanigen Lane's Flaniliscious team is selling delicious Fowler's Easter Chocolates to benefit the American Cancer Society Relay For Life. Call team captain Diane Garey at 773-5714 if you need Easter Chocolates and help support this worthy cause.
Beth Dommer with the school district bus fleet.
By Jodi Robinson
Elizabeth "Beth" Dommer has been chosen as the honorary survivor for the Grand Island Relay For Life 2007. Beth came to Grand Island from Kenmore in 1974 with her husband, Michael, and has two grown sons, Robert, now living in North Carolina and Richard, of Herkimer, NY. Beth was told on June 17, 1990 during a routine exam that she had breast cancer. Three weeks later she was having surgery at Sister's Hospital and after a mastectomy, the doctors found her lymph nodes were clear and no chemotherapy was needed. She feels "guilty" that she had an "easy" time of it compared to other cancer patients. So she gives back...anyway she can.
Beth is a bus driver for the Grand Island School District and is captain for this year's Buses R' Us team. This is her fourth year on the team and she is a natural for captain with her positive outlook and enthusiasm. Beth's mother and grandmother died of breast cancer so she walks for them and for herself. A sister from New Jersey has spent the last two years walking with Beth at the Grand Island Relay and is now helping a Baptist church in Plainfield, NJ hold their first relay. Last fall Beth watched her best friend, who walked with her in Relay 2006, die of cancer. Typical for Beth, she brought dinner to the family at hospice and comforted them through the sickness and now. Beth is a survivor and a wonderful, giving lady who is a fine choice for honorary survivor 2007.
Grand Island Relay For Life Kick-Off - February 2007
The Grand Island Relay For Life Kick-Off will take place at 7 p.m. Wednesday, February 7, 2007 High School Auditorium for hands-on information. A personal invitation is extended to all to join the Island of Hope in its fight against cancer.
The American Cancer Society Relay For Life Grand Island will take place Friday, June 8th. "It is your chance to get involved in our town's event held annually on the track of Grand Island High School with a carnival atmosphere," Island Co-chair Mary Dunbar-Daluisio. "It is fun for all ages," she said. For more information, call Jane Dent at American Cancer Society at 689-6982 ext. 117 or visit the website at www.acsevents.org/relay/ny/grandisland. for hands-on information. We extend a personal invitation to you to join the Island of Hope in its fight against cancer.
Co-chairs are Mary Dunbar-Daluisio and Peter McMahon.
Island Relay For Life Selling "Dream and Believe" T-Shirts - December 2006
Members of the Grand Island Relay For Life 2007 are selling "Dream and Believe" tee-shirts to benefit the upcoming relay taking place on Friday, June 8, 2007 at Masters Field, 1100 Ransom Road. The shirts, selling at $10 each, are available in white and grey. All proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society. Shirts are available through team volunteers and also at DeSignet Jewelry store, 1869 Whitehaven Road. "Makes a great holiday gift!" a spokesman for the shirt sale said this week.