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Grand Island Relay For Life

Friday, June 3, 2011
6:30 p.m. at Masters Field-Grand Island High School
Schedule of Events

A.C.S. Grand Island Relay Site

Relay For Life Page - 2010

Relay For Life
Polka Dot Chix Offer Hoodies, Shirts - Nov. 2011

    The Record Breakers featuring The Polka Dot Chix are selling some awesome new hoodies and tees. The team continues to sell the Fight Like a Girl Hoodies in brown and Tees in pink and brown but have added a great new piece to the collection. Now available are purple, orange and kiwi green tees and hoodies that say "Crush Cancer" on them. They have had an unbelievable following and many people are asking for them. All of the above come in small to XX-lg. If interested, call Becky, Emily or Jenna at 774-8978 or email stufkosky@verizon.net. The cost for hoodies is $20.00 and the tees are $10.00. Relay for Life of Grand Island is starting its tenth year and is are just shy of hitting the $1,000,000 mark."What an amazing achievement for our small Island. All Islanders should be proud of what they have been able to accomplish. Please continue to support this wonderful cause," a spokesman said this week.

Relay Reunion - Reflecting on Relay Memories - Oct. 2011

   A Relay For Life Reunion will be held on Tuesday, November 1st at the Grand Island Knights of Columbus from 6 - 8PM! Reflecting on Relay Memories is the theme for the evening, so please join us as we reflect on our first 9 years of spectacular Relay For Life events. On June 8, 2012 we will be celebrating our 10th year! We are sure to hit the $1 Million mark this year!!! Bring all your friends, family, coworkers, and neighbors who are involved in Relay, have been involved in the past and those who might want to be involved in the future... see where we've been and find out where we're headed!! We'd love to have you along for the ride! Wear your oldest Relay shirt. We will be collecting canned goods at the event and light food and beverages will be served.

Candy Mye To Receive Award - Oct. 2011

    Grand Island Relay for Life's Co-Chair Candy Mye has been selected to receive the Barbara S. Zimmer Inspiration Award for 2011. Candy has demonstrated hope, inspiration and resiliency during her challenges as a caregiver and also displays a high level of commitment to further the cause of cancer survivorship. Jane Dent, Community Executive, American Cancer Society, explains that "When Candy received the phone call by the Chair (Shelly Wald) of the Barbara S. Zimmer Holiday Wish Show, she in her always humble fashion, felt undeserving of any accolade or recognition for her commitment to the dream of a cancer free world! She was still shaking this morning. How could anyone not love and appreciate Candy?" Candy will receive the award during the Holiday Wish Show on on Sunday, November 6th at the Niagara Falls Country Club. For further information, contact Jane Dent: 689-6982 EXT 117.

Curtains Up Awards Ceremony - 2011

   The Grand Island Relay for Life Committee will host the "Curtains Up" Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, October 11th at 7:00 p.m. in the Grand Island High School Small Cafeteria. Everyone is invited to look back on Relay For Life 2011. Teams will be recognized for their fundraising efforts and imagination and creativity in doing so.
The Relay raised $124,750.00 this past year. There were 389 participants and 43 teams.
Click Here For This Years Award Winners

Annual Bootcamp Fundraiser - 2011

   The Grand Island Relay for Life team, "The Record Breakers featuring The Polka Dot Chix" are sponsoring a Bally Total Fitness Fundraiser For The American Cancer Society! All Bally members and non-members are invited to attend. This fundraiser is in honor of Ian Cameron, Grand Island's Honorary Survivor and all our family and friends who have fought or are fighting the good fight! See information for all details.

Tractor Race Results - 2011

#4723 is one of nearly 60 cars entered into the Classic Car Show which was part of this year's GI Lawn Mower Race.

   Beautiful weather and a huge crowd added to the success of this year's Tractor Race and Car Show held along the West River on Father's Day, Sunday, June 19th. The event, chaired by Gary Roesch and Mary Dunbar-Daluisio, raised $4000 for Relay for Life's fight against cancer. Island resident Bob Mesmer had highest speed of 78 MPH in a Demonstration Run and a top speed of 61 MPH was achieved by Pete Marston in the Modified Class.
Vintage Class - Mike Meritt
Modified Class - Jonathan Caruana
Stock Class - Ken Duncan
Open Modified - Pete Marston
   Entertainment was provided by the United States Army Band.

3rd Annual Lawnmower Races & Classic Car Show - 2011

   The "Lawnmower Race/Car Show" team is sponsoring this event on Father's Day, Sunday, June 19th, beginning at 9:00 a.m. There will be music, food, face painting and activities for the kids, along with the races and car show. See Lawnmower Race and Car Show for more information.

Bowl For A Cure - 2011

   The Connor Middle School Relay For Life team, Vikings For A Cure, is sponsoring their 6th Annual "Bowl For A Cure" on Sunday, May 22nd, 3:00 p.m. at Mallwitz's Island Lanes. The Bowl-A-Thon tickets include 2 games, shoes, pizza and pop and are $15.00 pre-sale and $20.00 at the door. Call Diane Garey at 773-5714 for tickets. There will also be a silent auction and basket raffle.

Club Hope At The Moose - 2011

From Left: Mary Dunbar-Daluisio, Kim Kalman and Danielle Soluri
   Follow us to a world with more birthdays. One fundraiser at a time. Club Hope - A Paint the Town Purple Celebration was held Saturday, April 30th at the Grand Island Moose Lodge. The Flat Tops entertained the crowd until midnight!! All the basket raffle proceeds are being donated to the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Grand Island. Team MOOSE-kateers planned and played hosts to this annual Purple Party. Thank you to all who supported the event!

Paint The Town Purple - 2011

Left: Honorary Survivor Ian Cameron, Right: Kathy Kraft and Candy Mye

Photos by Renee Gugino
   The committee members from Relay for Life 2011 participated in the local "Paint The Town Purple" event on Saturday, April 30th. The Town Commons is decorated in purple ribbon to publicize the upcoming Relay For Life event Friday, June 3-4 at the GIHS track. Everyone is welcome to get free ribbons at DeSignet Jewelry store, 1869 Whitehaven Road, between now and June 3rd. The opening ceremony for Relay 2011 is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on the evening of June 3rd, everyone is welcome to attend.

Vikings For A Cure T-Shirt Sale - 2011

American Cancer Society Relay For Life team, Vikings for A Cure are selling t-shirts with the GI Viking on them with "Vikings for A Cure". The t-shirts are white with a Royal Blue design. They come in small - 2XL (youth sizes available upon request) and cost only $10. Call Lynn at 773-5305.

VFW Garage Sale - 2011

   The VFW 9249 Ladies Auxiliary is planning a "Grand Garage Sale" on Sunday, May 15th from 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Vendors welcome! See info flyer for details.

Renee Luzi Benefit - 2011

   A benefit for Renee Luzi is planned for Saturday, May 21st from 3:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at the Knight's of Columbus, 1530 Kenmore Ave., Kenmore. Renee is an elementary teacher at Kaegebein School, who is fighting cervical cancer. See info flyer for details.

Chocolate Fundraiser - 2011

   The Grand Island Relay Team Polizzi's Power Walkers/Laura's Team will be having a fundraiser Thursday, April 7th, 2011. A "Choco-Logo Wine & Chocolate Pairing Party" will be held at Choco-Logo Confectionery Design at 141 Broadway, Buffalo, NY. There will be three tour times, 5:15 pm, 6:00 pm, and 6:45 pm. For Information call Lynn Polizzi at 628-7169 or Carolyn Fusco at 570-6481.

Relay Captain Meeting - 2011

Co-chairs Mary Dunbar-Daluisio and Candy Mye

   There are only three months until the return of the Grand Island Relay For Life Celebration. The event will take place on Friday, June 3, 2011 at Grand Island High School's Master Field at 6:30 p.m. The 1st team captain meeting was on Tuesday, March 1st and plenty of information was passed on.

The upcoming fundraisers are listed below:
April 30 - Paint the Town Purple party at the Grand Island Moose Lodge. Info.
April 30 - Canned food drive at Island Deli & Meat Market.
May 14 - Relay For Life Chicken BBQ - 2-7pm at the GI Rod & Gun Club. Info.
May 15 - VFW Ladies Aux will be hosting an Open Garage Sale. Info.
May 21 - Renee Luzi Benefit, see website.

   If you are a captain of a registered team or if you would like to register a team, be sure to make the next meeting on Tuesday, April 5th at the GIHS room 110 at 7:00 p.m. There are new guidelines for youth participation and chaperones, and permission slips will be available.

Relay for Life Can Drive - Feb. 2011

   Island Deli and Meat Market is joining Grand Island's Relay for Life efforts in conjunction with National Paint the Town Purple Day. Becky Sommer-Stufkosky, chairman of the 2011 can drive, asks the question, "Why do we need cans you ask? good question?" Becky's answer follows:
   As some of you are aware, last year we came up with the idea to anchor the luminarias with a can. After the event, we donated the cans of food to our very own Grand Island's Neighbors Foundation. We found in the past that sand or kitty litter made a very big mess and that by using cans, we were able to better secure the Luminarias and would as well be able to help those less fortunate. What do we need from our good friends right here on Grand Island and beyond you ask? Lots and lots of CANS. Last year we were able to collect 1500. We are shooting for that number again but to be honest, I think we will be in need of more.
   The Island Deli and Meat Market has joined forces with Grand Island's Relay and will be sponsoring a can drive on Saturday, April 30th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m Cans may be dropped off at the Deli, 2488 Grand Island Blvd., during these hours. You may also arrange for a pick up by calling 774-8978 and someone will be more that glad to come and get them. We will be collecting cans all the way until the night of Relay which is going to take place on June 3rd this year at the High School. Please feel free to call anytime for a pick up.

Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser - Feb. 2011

   Relay For Life team "Racing For A Cure" will host a pancake breakfast from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, February 13, at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 1841 Whitehaven Rd. Tickets $6 - adult, $4 - under 12, Free - under 3. Pre-sale tickets available, call 818-6992 or contact any team member. Come out & help us “batter” cancer!

Relay For Life Kickoff Celebrated - 2011

Honorary Survivor Ian Cameron (center) with committee members.

   The Grand Island Relay For Life kicked off it's 2011 relay with a captains' meeting at the Connor Middle School on Tuesday, January 18th. The theme this year is "Curtains Up For A Cure" and this year's relay is co-chaired by Mary Dunbar-Daluisio and Candy Mye. ACS representative Jane Dent noted that the Grand Island Relay has raised just over $818,000 to date. Many team captains were on hand to pick up their information folders and are excited to start raising funds to cure cancer. The next team captain meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, February 8th at 7p.m in Room 110 of the high school. New teams are welcome.

GI Relay For Life Kickoff Celebration- 2011

Honorary Survivor Ian Cameron

   The GI Relay For Life Kickoff, "Curtains Up For A Cure", will be held on Tuesday, January 18th at 6:30 p.m. in the Middle School Little Theater. Ian Cameron is the 2011 Honorary Survivor, and he and his mother Dona will be present to tell his story. Come to the kickoff and learn about Relay For Life and join the fun. At Relay, scheduled for June 3-4, 2011, teams of people camp out at the Grand Island High School and take turns walking or running around the track, raising funds for cancer. Kickoff Invitation.

Relay For Life Fundraiser- 2010

   Relay 2011 has started and Team Record Breakers featuring The Polka Dot Chix is up for the challenge. We have a large amount of Fight Like a Girl Tees ($10.00) in pink and brown and hoodies ($20.00) in brown. We have s, m, lg, xlg and 2-xlg in tees and s, m, lg and xlg in the hoodies. With October being breast cancer month, we remain dedicated to supporting and empowering women to take charge of their own breast health. Please show your encouragement to those fighting by wearing an awareness tee or hoodie. Orders can be placed by calling Becky or Emily at 774-8978. All checks can be made out to The American Cancer Society.

Relay Award Ceremony - 2010

   The 2010 Relay For Life awards ceremony is scheduled for Tuesday, September 21, 2010 in High School Room 110 at 7:00 p.m. Committee is asked to be there between 5 and 5:30. *Total raised in 2010 is $133,730.59