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Spanish Students Help Relay For Life - November 2006

(left) Student Teacher Miss Kristina Franklin, Spanish Teacher Mrs. Amanda Myers, and students Kelsey Mash, Hannah Cliff and Conor Bryan.
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   Mrs. Mandy Myers’ high school Spanish III class was recently asked to develop an advertisement for the American Cancer Society to promote healthy living to the U.S. Spanish-speaking population. Mrs. Myers, who is a Grand Island Relay for Life committee member, and her student teacher, Kristina Franklin, decided to incorporate the cancer topic into the current healthy lifestyle unit in their classroom. Students were asked to develop slogans in Spanish to encourage staying fit. Popular slogans referred to things such as not smoking, using sunscreen, eating healthy foods, and staying active. Mrs. Myers’ students have also been making donations to the American Cancer Society by purchasing $1 Relay sun cards, which are now being displayed on the classroom door. She is hoping to encourage her students to participate in this year’s Relay for Life on June 8, 2007.

Island Relay For Life Recognition Night - 2006

Alicia Sommer and Mary Dunbar-Daluisio; Huth Road School Team; Caroline and Allison Boron with Mary Dunbar-Daluisio
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   The Relay for Life Awards Ceremony was held Tuesday evening, September 26, 2006 in the Grand Island High School auditorium when many teams received awards. No further information available.

Bullhead Bay Relay For Life Team Picnic - 2006

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   Members of the Bullhead Bay Relay For Life team gathered at Chairman Gary Roesch's home on East River Road where hosts Gary and Carol entertain at a wrap-up picnic. Shown in the Bronze Team Bullhead Bay photo are (front left) Marianne Christensen, Joan Howe, Fran Burrows, Carol Roesch, Rita Hagerman, Ann Dahl, Edna Kloehn; (back) George Christensen, Gary Roesch, Don Burrows, Clayton and Elaine Clark, Peter McMahon, Frank Brusino, Dennis Dahl, Lois and Dominick Affuso, Roger Kloehn and Sue Fleming-Brusino. Missing from the photo are Jerry Howe, Elizabeth and Eric Reimann, Sue and Mark Argy, and Eric and Sue Berger.

Relay For Life Chairs Head To Washington - 2006

Mary Dunbar-Daluisio and Supervisor Peter McMahon
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   Grand Island Relay For Life Co-Chairs Mary Dunbar-Daluisio and Supervisor Peter McMahon are headed to Washington D.C. on September 19, 2006 to participate in the "Celebration On The Hill" sponsored by the American Cancer Society. This is a nation-wide Relay For Life event taking place at the National Mall. Tents from every state will be set up with representatives from each congressional district. Representative Louise Slaughter and the 28th District have eight representatives who were chosen by the local American Cancer Society after applications were submitted. The focus is on getting the Congressional Representatives "on board" to create federal funding in the fight to eliminate cancer by 2015. Ms. Dunbar-Daluisio and Supervisor McMahon will be bringing the "Slaughtering Cancer" and the Grand Island Relay Hope Banner, signed by all participants at Relay 2006, to Washington D.C. It should be quite a spectacle as luminarias representing cancer victims line the reflecting pool at the Mall.

Annual Relay For Life Tree Planting - June 2006

Shown from left are Councilman Gary Roesch, Deb Bota, Ben Kose, Judy Polizzi, Joe Fusco, Fran Fusco, Adeline Vacanti, Terry Voltz, Laura Kose, Barbara Birt, Relay Chairman Mary Dunbar-Daluisio, Linda Sobieski, Town Librarian Lynn Konovitz, and Supervisor Peter McMahon.
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   The annual Grand Island Relay for Life tree planting to commemorate the 2006 Relay event, took place Saturday morning, June 17, 2006.
   Relay for Life Chairman Mary Dunbar-Daluisio, who for several years has put her heart and sole into Relay For Life to benefit the American Cancer Society, this week explained how the tree planting came about.
   "In the year 2003 and 2004 when Christine Ryshkus was honorary survivor, I wanted to leave a mark from our Relay and I came up with an idea. I thought about planting a tree at the Town Commons. Christine's good friend, Grand Island Memorial Library Librarian Lynn Konovitz, told her that he had been promised a grove of trees that didn't come through. That is when Christine asked if the trees could be planted at the library.
   "The Garden Center donated the first tree, a Zig Zag Mulberry, for the 2004 Relay. In 2005 a tree was donated by Rita Madia, also a cancer survivor. This year, again the Grand Island Garden Center donated the tree, a ruby red chestnut.
   "The 2004-2005 honorary survivor, Laura Kose, offered to have markers made for the trees so that the community would be made aware of their significance. Just a few months ago as her illness reoccurred, her mother asked if there was something that she could "take from her plate." Her mother and father, Fran and Joe Fusco, along with Adeline Vacanti, had the beautiful brass markers made."
   This year's Island Relay For Life event on Friday, June 9th, raised an unofficial $110,000+. Supervisor Peter McMahon served as co-chairman.

   Grand Island set yet another record in fundraising at the 4th annual Grand Island Relay For Life on June 9, 2006. Donations are at $110,000 and are still climbing. Eighty-six plus teams have been raising money for the American Cancer Society since September 2005 and can continue through August. Funds go to research, patient services, education and advocacy. The funds are also used for many benefits ranging from funding grants to Roswell Park Cancer Institute for research to rides for patients to their doctor or hospital appointments for treatment.
   The Grand Island Relay For Life is as unique an event here on our Island as we the people are. The community commitment to this event is overwhelming. School District Superintendent Dr. Thomas Ramming along with Grand Island High School Principal Dr. James Dempsey have been great supporters of this event. Not only is the relay held on the high school track, but team captain meetings and the relay award ceremony are located at the school.
   Thanks to the town businesses and clubs: Flower A Day (Sue Berger), Grand Island Garden Center (Gene & Christine Ryshkus), deSignet International (Reg Schopp), (Reg Schopp) Novartis Oncology (Neil Buyer), Sevenson Environmental Services (Elia Family), Enterprise Rent A Car (Carol Giambra), Abraxis Pharmaceutical Products (Kathy Kraft), Astellas (Linda Isenhart), Bota Welding LLC (Bota Family), Hunt Real Estate (Gerrie Normandin), LW Graphics (Laurie Williams), Kittinger Gallery (Kevin Hagen), Fuccillo Chevrolet (Tom Kanaley), Zonta Club Of Grand Island, Grand Island Rotary Club, Grand Island Fire Company Paramedics, Trooper Chris Pyc, Grand Island Police, Grand Island Fire Company, VFW Post #9249, Grand Island Recreation Department (Linda Tufillaro), NFADA (John Domagala), Brite Ideas (Bonnie Sciuk), GIFTS (Dolly D'Orazio).
   Thanks to our very own local talent, McCarthy School of Irish Dance, Islettes Elite, GIHS Dominant Force men's choir, Grace Aswad, Kara Dudley, Deeann Tompkins, Deb Bastian (adult and youth band and choir), youth bands Zephyri Kri Band, Melissa Affuso, Chad Moran & Cassie Ungaro, Barber Shop Quartet, Kevin Holzie, City of Thorald Bag Pipe Band, Sydney Seese, Sabre Tooth and Buster Bison, Lynn Bennett & helpers.
   All teams ranging from GI Bus Garage, all of our public schools, Island Presbyterian Church, complete families, whole streets, the faithful Prayer Tent, survivors, caregivers, everyone wanting to take up the fight. Mary Friona and Channel 2 coverage of Alicia Sommer story, chicken BBQ and the event itself. Our tent site judges Larry Playfair and Chris Parker (Bulldog, WGR Radio), Glen Hillman (National Anthem).
   Committee members Kim Baldassare, Scott Bastian, Mandy Becker, Sue Berger, Deb Bota, Cheryl Chamberlain, Sandra Cook, Dennis Donovan, Beth Dunn, Daneen Gallagher, Jamille Guetta, Kevin Hagen, Rosemary Hajnos, Rachael Hickey, Arlene Larry, Annemarie Lechner, Peter McMahon, Jodi Robinson, Gary Roesch, Marietta Rotella, Jeannine Scibilia, Alicia Sommer, Val and Terry Swain, Donna Tomkins, Liz Wilbert and myself wish to extend our deepest gratitude and heartfelt thanks to the community for their commitment to being UNITED For A Cure, this year's theme. It is a lot to cover and I hope I did not miss anyone who helped to make it such a great success.
One volunteer to another,
Mary A. Dunbar-Daluisio, Chair
PS: We start planning next year's relay in October after our awards ceremony. We still have positions on the committee such as team coordinator. Please consider joining us!

Island's Relay For Life Raises Unofficial $110,000+ - 2006

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(left) Marie Basile, Gary Roesch & Jodi Robinson; Kim Schopp & Gary Roesch; Daneen Gallagher and friend; "Survivors"; Kaegebein School team; the crowd; tiny Islettes Elite; Huth Road Team

(left) Islettes Elite Baton Corps, 2006 Survivor Lap, Bailey's Brigade Relay For Life Team, (right) Bailey's clowns captain Cheryl Bailey with survivor Deborah Jasinski
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Baby Ian Cameron
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   Grand Island's Relay For Life on Friday, June 9, 2006 raised an unofficial $110,000+. Last year's Relay raised an unofficial $85,000.

Relay For Life - June 9, 2006

From left are Honorary Survivor Alicia Sommer, Co-Chairs Supervisor Peter McMahon and Mary Dunbar-Daluisio
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   It is finally here! After eight months of planning and fundraising, the Grand Island Relay For Life 2006 is Friday, June 9th at 6 p.m. Everyone is welcome to take part in the event. To begin there will be a survivors' walk after which all the teams join in and begin their all night relay. Food, entertainment and a HUGE basket raffle will be available all evening. All cancer survivors are invited to visit the survivor tent and take part in this wonderful fundraiser. Last year the Relay For Life raised over $93,000. This year the goal is $100,000. Come and join your Grand Island neighbors in a great cause.

Team Bullhead Bay To Auction Flamigo Flock - June 2006

   The Relay For Life Bullhead Bay Team will auction off its Flamigo Flock at the Relay event, Friday evening, June 9.

Team Flanigen Femme Fatale Auctions Fab Prize - June 2006

   Wild 101 FM radio has generously donated a $1000 advertising package to the highest bidder to assist Team Flanigen Femme Fatale with their fundraising efforts. The radio station specializes in reaching young, active adults between the ages of 18 and 34. Call John or Diane Garey at 773-5714 for more information or to place a bid. Bids may also be placed at the Flanigen Femme Fatale tent during the Relay on June 9th at the Grand Island High School track starting at 6 p.m. The winner will be announced Saturday, June 17, 2006.
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Get Ready For Relay For Life - 2006

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   It is almost here! The Grand Island Relay For Life is scheduled for Friday, June 9th at 6 p.m. There are over 84 teams participating to raise funds for the American Cancer Society by walking or running around the Grand Island High School track, some brave enough to go all night. Everyone is invited to join the festivities from the opening ceremonies at 6 p.m. through closing ceremonies at 6 a.m. the next day. There will be plenty of entertainment throughout the evening, and refreshments for sale with all proceeds going to the relay, and a basket raffle with baskets donated by the relay teams. No one under 18 years of age will be admitted unless accompanied by a parent or chaperone from a relay team. Stop in to see what the Island can do when we all come together for a great cause.

Cancer Survivors, Caregivers and Friends Join National ‘Relay for Life’ Movement
         Candlelight Vigil Honors Local Residents Lost to Disease - 2006

   Grand Island, New York–In towns across Western New York neighbors will come together for a single cause – to fight cancer and honor survivors. Grand Island residents will join 4,200 other communities across America in a celebration of survivorship and hope at the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life. The overnight event is a movement that has swept the nation since its inception in 1985. Relay For Life is the largest grassroots fundraiser in the world and is designed to give everyone an opportunity to participate in the fight against cancer.
   Survivors of all ages will walk around the Grand Island High School track in a victory lap and friends will honor loved ones lost to the disease in an evening candlelight vigil. Caregivers will also be honored with a special ceremony and lap in their honor. The overnight event joins teams of 10 to 15 people who camp out at community sites and take turns circling a track or path to raise awareness and funds to support cancer research, education, advocacy and patient services in the community. This year, the event will be held at Grand Island High School and will run from 6 p.m. on Friday, June 9th to 6 a.m. on Saturday, June 10th.
   Relay For Life opens as cancer survivors walk, run, or otherwise move around the track for the first lap. This is an emotional time and sets the stage for the importance of each participant's contribution. A festive atmosphere always develops around the track area as participants make new friends and spend time with old ones. Highlighting the evening is the luminaria service held after dark to honor cancer survivors and to remember loved ones lost to cancer. The luminaria candles line the track and are left burning throughout the night to remind participants of the incredible importance of their contributions.
   For those who participate in Relay For Life, the event represents the hope that those lost to cancer will never be forgotten, that those who face cancer will be supported, and that the disease will be one day be eliminated. Since the first Relay For Life was held in 1985 in Tacoma, Wash., the event has raised over $1 billion. In 2004, Relay For Life raised more than $300 million.
   To find out more about Relay For Life in your community, call 1-800-ACS-2345 or visit
   The American Cancer Society is dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by saving lives, diminishing suffering and preventing cancer through research, education, advocacy and service. The American Cancer Society Eastern Division has 46 community-based offices, involving thousands of volunteers throughout New York and New Jersey. For 24-hour cancer information, call toll-free 1-800-ACS-2345 or visit

Final Relay For Life Meeting - May 2006

Relay For Life 2006 Committee
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Deb Bogdan Photo
   The final Grand Island Relay for Life 2006 meeting was held on Tuesday, May 23rd in the Grand Island High School cafeteria. A large group of team captains handed in donations to the bank, received t-shirts for their teams and also pedometers to count steps taken the night of the relay, Friday, June 9th. Spirits were high at the meeting as ACS Special Events Director Deb Bogdan congratulated the Grand Island Relay efforts as being spectacular. Everyone is welcome to attend this very special event being held at the Grand Island High School track, 1100 Ransom Road, from 6 p.m. until early the next morning on June 9th. There will be food, activities and lots of local entertainment.

Polizzi Powerwalkers Team Offers "Tastefully Simple" Gourmet Foods Party - May 2006

   Polizzi Powerwalkers Relay For Life Team will hold a "Tastefully Simple" Gourmet Foods Party from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 31st at 3377 Staley Road, Grand Island. 30% of all sales will benefit the Grand Island Relay For Life scheduled for Friday, June 9th. Those planning to attend are asked to RSVP to Lisa at 773-7843 by May 29th.

Relay For Life
1000 Dinners Sold At BBQ - 2006

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   Relay For Life supporters are credited with the purchase of 1000 chicken dinners on Saturday, May 20, 2006. The event, sponsored by the Jr. Polka Dot Chix and many other Relay For Life teams, raised approximately $5,000 for cancer research. The Jr. Polka Dot Chix team is chaired by Grand Island High School student Alicia J. Sommer.

Team Fleet Feet Announces Garage Sale and
Sports Jersey Raffle For Relay for Life - May 2006

   Team Fleet Feet - Grand Island announces its Sports Jersey Raffle For Relay for Life. Prizes are as follows:
• 1st Prize - Buffalo Sabres Autographed Chris Drury Jersey
• 2nd Prize - Buffalo Bills Autographed London Fletcher Jersey
• 3rd Prize - Buffalo Bisons Autographed Ryan Garko Jersey
   Tickets are $3 each or four for $10 and are available from any team member or by calling Cindy Orsolits at 774-2774. The drawing will be held at the Grand Island Relay for Life Event At the Grand Island High School track, 1100 Ransom Road, on Friday, June 9th. Winners will be notified.
   The Team Fleet Feet Team will hold a garage sale as well, when jersey raffle tickets will be available from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, May 27, 2006 at 120 Bishops Gate.

Alicia Sommer, Mary Dunbar-Daluisio Appear On WGRZ Morning Show - May 2006

   Alicia Sommer, team captain of the Jr. Polka Dot Chix, and Relay for Life Co-Chair Mary Dunbar-Daluisio will appear on the WGRZ TV Morning Show on Channel 2 on Thursday, May 18th around 6:25 a.m. The show will run again in the evening. Mary and Alicia were given the opportunity to promote Grand Island's Relay For Life events including Saturday's Chicken BBQ at the Town Commons.
   The feature will most likely be aired on the 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. WGRZ TV news casts as well.

Relay For Life Team Captains Meeting - May 2006

   The final Relay for Life Team Captain meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, May 23rd at the Grand Island High School cafeteria. Team captains are asked to arrive at 7 p.m. The committee will meet at 6 p.m.

Rotary Club Donates To Relay For Life - 2006

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   The Grand Island Rotary Club made a $600 donation to Relay For Life on Friday, May 12th. Pictured at the Town Commons are Rotary President Patty Johnson, Relay Co-chair Mary Dunbar-Daluisio, and Rotary member Gary Roesch.

Relay For Life Team Buses-R-Us Hold Successful Bake Sale - 2006

Buses-R-Us Team members shown are Nancy Hollinger and Anna Reynolds.
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   The Buses-R-Us Relay For Life team raised $559 at a baked goods sale held May 12th during the PTSA Geranium pick-up at the Grand Island Transportation Department, Baseline Road.

Relay For Life Team Mixed Nuts To Hold Garage Sale - 2006

   Mixed Nuts Relay For Life Team will hold a Garage Sale from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 3, 2006 at 404 Wendel Avenue (corner of Decatur Blvd.) in the Town of Tonawanda. A large variety of items will be available for sale. The team will also be selling "Stars" and "Luminaries." All proceeds from the sale will be donated to Relay for Life.

Jr. Polka Dot Chix Letter Of Thanks - 2006

   "The Jr. Polka Dot Chix would like to thank everyone who donated to Grand Island's Largest Piggy Bank at HSBC Bank and First Niagara Savings Bank. Both locations were a huge success and we were able to raise about $1,000.00 in all. We would also like to thank our last customer of the day at First Niagara for her very generous donation of $50.00. She told us that she lost her mother last year to kidney cancer and she wanted to make a donation in memory of her. As you can see, cancer touches so many lives. With your help, we can all make a difference in beating this disease and put an end to it once and for all."
Thank you for your support,
Team Jr. Polka Dot Chix

Bus's 'R' Us Bake Sale - 2006

   The Relay For Life Bus's "R" Us Team will hold a bake sale during the PTSA Geranium pick-up at the School District bus garage, 2451 Baseline Road. The sale will take place from 8:00 a.m. on Friday, May 12th.

Can You Spare Any Change? - 2006

   Can you spare any change? The Jr. Polka Dot Chix will be setting up Grand Island's largest piggy bank on the following days at the following locations:
• Friday, May 12th - 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. - First Niagara Bank
• Friday, May 26th - 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. - M&T Bank
   All donations would be greatly appreciated and will benefit Relay for Life/The American Cancer Society.

Relay For Life Teams Sponsoring Chicken BBQ - 2006

Jr. Polka Dot Chix Team members helping to sponsor the BBQ are Julieanne LaVallee, Elizabeth LoBrutto, Cassie LoBrutto, Jenna Paternostro and (top) Alicia Sommer.
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   The Jr. Polka Dot Chix in conjunction with many other teams will sponsor a chicken BBQ with all the fixins at the Town Commons from 2-7 p.m. Saturday, May 20th. Tickets cost $8 and drive-up service will be available. A basket raffle, raffle for a free night's stay in Pennsylvania and many other activities are planned. All money raised will go to The American Cancer Society. ""Come on, Grand Island, show your hometown spirit for such a wonderful cause.

Looking For The Flamingo Flock? - 2006

   The following are the locations of those who have been "Flamingo Flocked":
6/9/06 - 1100 Ransom Rd. (Dr. Ramming)
6/8/06 - 1001 Carter Dr. (Duggan)
6/7/09 - 2270 Long Rd. - (GP-50 2270)
6/6/06 - 2957 Alt Blvd. (ASI-Modulex)
6/5/06 - 1972 Marjorie Dr. (Buell)
6/4/06 - 195 Independence Ln. (Ellsworth)
6/3/06 - 3142 E. River Rd. (Hess)
6/2/06 - 355 Ransom Rd. ( LoQuasto)
6/1/06 - 1865 Stony Point Rd. (Kaplan)
5/31/06 - 2110 Whitehaven Rd.(McCutcheon)
5/29/06 - 1145 Baseline (Skinner)
5/28/06 - 408 Park Place (Collins)
5/28/06 - 3719 East River Rd. (Kloehn)
5/27/06 - 71 Trails End (Panzarella)
5/26/06 - 196 Timberlink Dr. (Ciechoski)
5/25/06 - 2100 Baseline (St. Stephen's)
5/24/06 - 2885 Whitehaven (Dlugokinski)
5/23/06 - 1505 East Park (Linenfelser)
5/22/06 - 104 Bishops Gate (Dickenson)
5/21/06 - 2953 Stony Point (Chamberlain)
5/20/06 - 5650 East River Rd. (Argy)
5/19/06 - 4200 E.River Rd. (McCabe)
5/18/06 - 5361 East River (Hess)
5/17/06 - 5177 East River Rd. (Stessing)
5/16/06 - 162 Independence Ln. (Robinson)
5/15/06 - 66 Independence Ln. (Robinson)
5/14/06 - 3554 Sandy Beach (Argy)
5/13/06 - 1879 Whitehaven Rd. (Flower A Day)
5/12/06 - 775 N. Colony (Cooke)
5/11/06 - 203 Laurie Lane (Krista McNulty)
5/10/06 - 820 N. Colony (Crawford)
5/9/06 - 620 Baseline - (Earne)
5/8/06 - 1966 Whitehaven - (Brite Ideas)
5/7/06 - 58 Amberwood - (Geldin)
5/6/06 - 113 Hazelwood - (Cascio)
5/5/06 - 1375 East Park Rd. - (Macro)
5/4/06 - 1030 Whitehaven Rd. - (Ciechoski)
5/3/06 - 1320 Whitehaven Rd. - (Dunbar-Daluisio)
5/2/06 - 4068 East River Rd. - (Roesch)
5/1/06 - 2255 Baseline Rd. - Town Hall (Peter McMahon)
   The Relay For Life Team, "Bullhead Bay," sponsors the "Flamingo Flock" fundraiser. For more information how you can have the purple Flamingo Flock released on a yard of your choice, click
" "Flamingo Flock" Fundraiser.

Relay For Life Team, "Flanigen Femme-Fatales" Sponsors Bowl-A-Thon, Chinese Auction - 2006

   The "Flanigen Femme-Fatales" Relay For Life team will hold a Bowl For A Cure! - Bowl-A-Thon & Chinese Auction at 6 p.m. Friday, May 19th at Mallwitz’s Island Lanes, 1887 Whitehaven Road, Grand Island, NY - all for the benefit of Relay For Life and the American Cancer Society.
   There is an entry fee of $15 that includes 2 games, shoes, pizza & pop! Call Diane Garey at 773-5714 to register! Click for further information click for
Bowl-A-Thon & Chinese Auction.

"Billy's Buddies" Bottle Collection - 2006

   The Relay for Life team, "Billy's Buddies", will sponsor a bottle collection in conjunction with the Relay for Life Chicken BBQ. Team members are asking that you bring your returnable bottles and cans to the chicken dinner where the team will have a collection site. The team raised over $350.00 with last month's bottle collection and team members are hoping you can help them to raise even more. The Billy's Buddies team will also be conducting a basket raffle during the chicken dinner. The BBQ is taking place from 2-7 p.m. Saturday, May 20th at the Grand Island Town Commons. Billy's Buddies was formed by Anthony Gugino, a freshman at Grand Island High School, in memory of his brother, Billy Gugino Jr., who passed away after a battle with brain cancer. Your support is appreciated!

HSBC Bank Donates To Relay For Life - 2006

Mary Dunbar-Daluisio, Mike Samland, Annemarie Lechner and Supervisor McMahon.
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   Through an HSBC Bank volunteer incentive plan, money is donated to employees who volunteer their time to a worthy cause outside of work. Led by HSBC employee and Relay For Life banking coordinator, Annemarie Lechner, eight Grand Island employees' efforts have earned a $500 donation to the Grand Island Relay For Life. Annemarie and Bank Manager Michael Samland presented a check to Relay Co-chairs Mary Dunbar-Daluisio and Supervisor Peter McMahon on Monday, May 1st, "Paint the Town Purple Day," in the very purple HSBC branch. Annemarie has been with the Relay since it began on Grand Island and through her and the other volunteers' efforts, they make the banking process run smoothly at the captains' meetings and the Relay event.

Volunteers Decorate Town Commons For Paint Town Purple Day - April 2006

(Left) Councilman Gary Roesch, Maria Burns, Relay For Life Co-chair Mary Dunbar-Daluisio, Arlene Larry and Kathy Smith make bows.

Volunteer decorators pose with the purple flamingos.
         Jodi Robinson Photos

   An enthusiastic group of volunteers gathered at the Town Commons on Saturday, April 30th to decorate for the Relay For Life "Paint the Town Purple" on Monday, May 1st. Relay Co-chairs Supervisor Peter McMahon and Mary Dunbar-Daluisio were joined by Relay committee members, team members and volunteers to make bows and decorate. Introduced on Saturday, was the Relay For Life Flamingo Flock. This fundraiser was devised by Gary Roesch and his "Bullhead Bay" team. The flock of purple flamingos will be delivered to the victim of your choice for a $25 ransom/donation paid by the victim. After that it is your turn to pick the next victim. All proceeds will go to the Grand Island Relay For Life. Contact Gary Roesch at 773-3967 to schedule. (Scroll down for story)

Relay For Life Flamingo Flock!! Check This Out! - 2006

(from left) Elizabeth Reimann, Lois Affuso, Sue Berger, Joan Howe, Elaine Clark, Susan Fleming-Brusino, Marianne and George Christensen and Gary Roesch. Members missing from the photo are Carol Roesch, Rita Hagerman, Frank Brusino, Roger and Edna Kloehn, Clay Clark, Fran and Don Burrows, Eric Berger, Peter McMahon, Dom Affuso, Denny and Ann Dahl, Eric Reimann, and Sue and Mark Argy.
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   The Relay For Life "Bullhead Bay Team" has come up with a very unique fundraiser. Wouldn't you like to have this team release a Flamingo Flock from your front lawn? For a donation of $25 to the American Cancer Society Relay For Life on Grand Island, you will not only have a flock released from your yard, but are given the opportunity to let the team know who the next victim will be.
   Those willing to donate and participate are asked to contact team captain Gary Roesch, 773-3967 and leave your name, the name of the person you would like the Bullhead Bay team to hit next, and their address.
   Checks payable to the American Cancer Society will be collected when the flamingos are picked up, or may be mailed to Gary Roesch, 4068 East River Road, Grand Island, NY 14072.
   Team members, through their "Flamingo Flock Flyer", thank all who are taking part and "sincerely hope that our birds did not leave any unwanted surprises on your lawn!"

"The Garden" Decorating Fundraiser - 2006

   To those who are having fun with the Paint the Town Purple Relay promotion:
The Relay For Life "The Garden" team wants to let you know that they have a limited supply of gorgeous, very life-like purple, silk gladiolas for sale at a cost of $3. If you're tying your purple ribbon to the mailbox, these look great as an extra decoration to the post. The sales will be treated as a fundraiser for the team. Call Team Captain Karen Sturniolo at 773-9342.

"The Garden" Collects Over $800! - 2006

   Karen Sturniolo, Team Captain
On April 2, some of the kids from the 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th grade Sunday School classes and Middle School youth group from St. Timothy Lutheran Church participated in a bowl-a-thon. Two of the church school teachers are members of the Grand Island Relay For Life team of The Garden. The kids collected pledges that totaled $369.60 and this was all turned in at the Tuesday, April 25, 2006 Relay For Life meeting. The kids did a great job and The Garden Team is most appreciative.

    The Grand Island Relay For Life team, The Garden, would like to thank St. Timothy Lutheran Church for the use of the fellowship hall for a pound auction fundraiser on April 22nd. The Garden team also thanks the women's group of St. Timothy for "letting us "borrow" their idea." This fundraiser raised $449.50 including the auction itself and sales from crafts, luminarias, and bracelets.
   "I think if I gave out "The most generous spirit" award it would go to Cheryl Domowitz who paid $_____ (oh I don't think I should tell in case it scares people for next year) for a bottle of bubbles!!!" Team Captain Karen Sturniolo said this week. "Thank you to everyone who attended and was so generous. These donations were turned in Tuesday, April 25th at the team captain's meeting," she said.

Relay For Life Chicken BBQ To Be Fabulous Event - 2006

   A chicken BBQ supporting Relay For Life/The American Cancer Society is being held from 2-7 p.m. Saturday, May 20 at the Grand Island Town Commons. Events will include a basket raffle, raffle for a free night's stay for two adults at the Hampton Inn South in Erie, PA, face painting, music and lots of fun things to do. "Bring the whole family." Tickets at $8 include dinner, salad, roll & butter, dessert and drink. Drive-up service will be available. The event is being sponsored by the Jr. Polka Dot Chix and Relay Teams of Grand Island. Call 774-8978 for tickets or contact any of the following relay teams:
Isledegrande, Mary Dunbar-Daluisio, Julie Nabozny, Diane Garey, Sandy Cook, Mrs. Kennedy (Grand Island High School), Team Sidway Superstars, Team Alan's Angels, Team Billy's Buddy's, Team Jr. Polka Dot Chix, Team Abraxis Pharmaceutical Products, Team Stomp Out Cancer, Team Island Presbyterian Church, Team Kaegebein (Cindy Booker), Team Mikes Marchers (Mandy Becker), Team Buses R Us, Team Fleet Feet, Team Huth, Team VFW Ladies Aux., Team Middle School Vikings, Team Girl Scout Troop #566, Team Hunting for a Cure, Team Bailey's Brigade, Team Fiels Fighters, Team The Garden, Team Night Riders, Team True Blue Runners
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DJ John Dudley & Friends - Acoustic has so generously donated his time to the BBQ. A Grand Island resident, he will set up a sound system in the gazebo. John may be seen and heard at The Java Shop.

Volunteers Needed For Relay For Life Chicken BBQ - 2006

   The Grand Island Relay For Life Jr. Polka Dot Chix Team, along with many other Relay for Life teams will sponsor a chicken BBQ dinner from 2-7 p.m. Saturday, May 20 at the Town Commons. Volunteers are needed to make signs, set up, serve and clean up. This event is more than just a bbq. All money raised will go to The American Cancer Society in support of a disease that has touched so many. Students who are in need of community service hours, or those who would like to donate their time to a cause that is so important, may contact Alicia Sommer at 774-8978 or Mary Dunbar-Daluisio at 773-0022. "Come on, Grand Island, and show your hometown spirit and help to make this an event to remember."

Second Relay For Life Captains' Meeting Well Attended - April 2006

Cheryl Chamberlain (right) serves up healthy banana splits to fellow "Team Vikings," Captain Cari Luciani (left) and Richard Cribbs.
Jodi Robinson Photo - Click photo for larger view

   The second Grand Island Relay for Life Team Captains meeting was held on Tuesday, April 25, 2006 in the Grand Island High School Cafeteria. The focus of this meeting, besides getting everyone pumped up and collecting money, was good health. Healthy banana splits were made with sliced banana, vanilla yogurt and granola, and passed around along with a "Cooking Smart" pamphlet provided by the American Cancer Society. Over 55 teams are registered to participate at this time and over $31,000 has been raised.
   The Island's Relay For Life is being held from 6 p.m. until 6 a.m. on Friday-Saturday, June 9-10 at the Grand Island High School track. It is not necessary to be on a team to enjoy the event. Everyone is welcome. For more information, call 1-800-ACS-2345 or visit

Relay For Life SRP Team To Hold "Trash To Cash For Cancer Garage Sale" - 2006

   The Grand Island Relay For Life SRP Team will hold a "Trash to Cash for Cancer - Garage Sale" from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 20th at 1996 Stony Point and 2005 Stony Point roads. Great items and great prices will be featured!! For Donations and drop-offs, call Linda at 775-3012.

Jr. Polka Dot Chix Sponsor World's Largest Piggy Bank - 2006

   The Jr. Polka Dot Chix Relay For Life Team will sponsor the World's Largest Piggy Bank from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, April 21 and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 22 at HSBC Bank on Grand Island Blvd. Any donations would be appreciated.

Relay For Life Team, "Jr. Polka Dot Chix," Sponsors Chicken BBQ - All Teams Invited To Take Part - 2006

   The "Jr. Polka Dot Chix" Relay For Life team has announced plans for a chicken bbq event from 2-7 p.m. Saturday, May 20, 2006 at The Town Commons. All teams are invited to take part in this "huge" chicken BBQ with some of the profits going to individual teams. Let's go Grand Island, and join in the enthusiasm of the Jr. Polka Dot Chix to make this one of the biggest fundraisers the Island has ever seen - all for the benefit of Relay For Life and the American Cancer Society.
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Becky and Alicia's Letter to find out the complete details of this event.

Jr. Polka Dot Chix Kick Off Relay For Life Campaign - 2006

   The Polka Dot Chix, the very successful Relay For Life fundraising team of 2005, has changed its name to Jr. Polka Dot Chix. Read all about this youthful team, chaired by Grand Island High School 10th grader Alicia J. Sommer, by clicking Jr. Polka Dot Chix.

Bullhead Bay Relay for Life Team Announces 2nd Annual Garage Sale - 2006

The Bullhead Bay Relay For Life team is expecting a bigger and better garage sale than last year's, shown above
         Click photo for larger view

   Members of the Bullhead Bay Team "Relay for Life" team will hold their second annual garage sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 20th. Committee members have been collecting items during the year for the sale to be held at Captain Gary Roesch's home, 4068 East River Road.
   There has been an overwhelming number of items donated for this Super Sale already and items are still arriving each day. Come and find toys, tools, antiques, collectibles, books, furniture and more. Anyone wishing to donate items may drop them off at the East River address or phone 773-3967 to have items picked up. All money earned will go toward the Bullhead's Relay for Life contributions.

Relay For Life Team, "The Garden," Sponsors Pound Auction - 2006

   The Grand Island Relay For Life team, The Garden, has announced a Relay For Life fundraiser - an afternoon of laughter, fun, celebration with family and friends and the chance. The Garden team will host a "pound auction" at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, April 22, 2006 in the fellowship hall at St. Timothy Lutheran Church, 1453 Staley Road. Participants are asked to find a pound of something - wrap it uniquely, disguising the contents. "You don't want it to be obvious that it is a pound of candy or flour or sugar, oh the ideas are endless," a team member said this week. All items will be auctioned off and the bidding, very affordable, will be in 25 cent increments.
   The entire community is invited to wrap up a pound of something and attend the auction on behalf of The Garden team for the American Cancer Society.
   Relay For Life is a fundraising project where teams are formed and members show their commitment to fighting cancer by raising funds used in research and programs. The teams walk from Friday, June 9 to Saturday, June 10, 2006 around the Grand Island High School track in support, or to honor someone who has fought the battle.
   Auction organizers Karen Sturniolo, Wendi Koch, Cindy Imerese and Donna Yaeger express their appreciation to everyone who will be taking part in the Relay For Life fundraiser. "Bring your pound item, money to bid with (or a checkbook), your generous spirit, laughter, friends and family and have a great time," The Garden team advises. For further information, call Karen, 773-9342 or Cindy, 775-1022.

Zonta Presents Check To Relay For Life - March 2006

(Left) Councilman Gary Roesch, Relay For Life Co-chairs Supervisor Peter McMahon and Mary Dunbar-Daluisio, Zonta President Maria Burns and Zonta Director Christine Ryshkus.
         Jodi Robinson Photo

   The Zonta Club of Grand Island presented a $500 check to the Relay For Life Co-chairs Supervisor Peter McMahon and Mary Dunbar-Daluisio on Tuesday, March 21, 2006 at the town hall. To raise awareness and donations from all Island organizations, and through the suggestion of member Susan Fleming Brusino, the Zonta Club decided to donate their contribution with media coverage. It is the hope of the members of the Zonta Club that other clubs, organizations and Island groups follow their lead.

Relay For Life - March 2006
Relay For Life Seeks Talent And Assistance

   The Island's American Cancer Society Relay for Life on June 9, 2006 will again be held at the Grand Island High School track. The event, themed this year as "United for a Cure," is held to raise money for research to find a cure for cancer.
   Last year over 1,000 people participated in this event and over $93,000 was raised for this worthy cause. The Relay brings people from all walks of life together to celebrate the lives of friends and relatives who have survived cancer as well as to remember and honor those who have died. The Relay is a carnival that celebrates the culmination of all of the Relay For Life participants' months of planning and fundraising. All ages are encouraged to attend and many decide to make it a family event.
   "We are looking for all forms of talent such as music groups, dance groups, magicians, juggler, etc. to perform," entertainment chairman Rosemary Hajnos said this week. "This is a great opportunity to meet new people and support this community effort," she said.
   Those interested in finding out ways to be of assistance or those seeking more information, are asked to contact Rosemary at 716-774-0070 or
   "I am looking forward to hearing from you so our planning can continue to ensure the success of this special event," she concluded.

Relay For Life 2006 Team Captains Meeting Update - March 2006

   The 1st Relay For Life Team Captain Meeting held Tuesday, March 14, 2006 in the Grand Island High School Large Cafeteria was well attended and enthusiastic. Many different fund raising activities were discussed by the teams as well as money already raised was banked. At this point over 40 teams are registered with 480+ participants involved. Watch for information on and the local papers for fundraising events in the future.

Free Ribbon For
Paint The Town Purple Day!!! - 2006

   The American Cancer Society has planned a nationwide "Paint The Town Purple" campaign for Monday, May 1, 2006. We want to see everything purple around town. Purple ribbon will be available at no charge. Come by the deSignet Jewelry Store located at 1869 Whitehaven Road between April 1st and May 1st and get a few yards. You can tie it around a tree or bush in your yard, decorate your car or mailbox, be creative and show your neighbors you care about the fight against cancer. Remember the Grand Island Relay For Life takes place Friday-Saturday, June 9-10, 2006 at the Grand Island High School football field and everyone is welcome. For more information, call 1-800-ACS-2345 or visit

Relay For Life 2006 Team Captains Meeting - March 2006

A Grand Island Relay For Life / 1st Team Captain Meeting will be held 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 14, 2006 in the Grand Island High School Large Cafeteria, 1100 Ransom Road. Fund raising activities will be discussed.

Relay For Life Kick-Off - February 2006

Shown (left) are Area manager Reid Heiser, Katelyn Giambra, Mom Carol Giambra,
Relay For Life Co-chairs Mary Dunbar-Daluiso and Supervisor Peter McMahon.
(left) Mary Dunbar-Daluiso and Alicia Sommers; Bagpiper Jerry Piper; Melissa Affuso and Chad Moran.
         Jodi Robinson Photos

   The Grand Island Relay for Life 2006 started off with a bang on Thursday, February 9, 2006. The meeting began with the presentation of a $1,500 check from Enterprise Rent-A-Car employees and Island residents Reid Heiser and Carol Giambra. Carol wrote a letter to the Enterprise corporate quarterly meeting that persuaded management to help out the Island Relay in a big way! Also announced at the meeting was the donation of $1,500 from Sevensen, represented by relay committee member, team member and Sevensen Environmental Services employee Donna Tompkins.
   Melissa Affuso, accompanied by Chad Moran on the guitar, sang an emotional song describing being a cancer patient and titled "Skin."
   "United For A Cure" was announced as the Relay 2006 theme and Mary Dunbar-Daluiso is back as co-chair with Supervisor Peter McMahon joining her. Bagpiper Jerry Piper of the Makenzie Highlanders played a haunting "Amazing Grace" as the lights were dimmed and candles were lit in honor of cancer survivors. The committee was very pleased with the large turnout of relay returnees as well as representatives of many new teams. This year the big news is free online registration, team websites and donation, and email capabilities. Visit Grand Island Relay Website to learn more about a wonderful way to help fight cancer or to make a donation. The goal for Relay 2006 is $100,000 and since Relay 2005 raised $94,000, it'll be a piece of cake.

Relay For Life 2006 Team Captains & Committee Calendar:

Thursday, February 9, 2006 - Relay For Life Kickoff
Committee - 5:30 p.m. / Team Captains - 6:45 p.m.
Grand Island High School Large Cafeteria
Tuesday, March 14, 2006 - Team Captain Meeting I
Committee - 6:00 p.m. / Team Captains - 7:00 p.m.
Grand Island High School Large Cafeteria
Tuesday, April 25, 2006 - Team Captain Meeting II
Committee - 6:00 p.m. / Team Captains - 7:00 p.m.
Grand Island High School Large Cafeteria
Tuesday, May 23,  2006 - Team Captain Meeting III
Committee - 6:00 p.m. / Team Captains - 7:00 p.m.
Grand Island High School Large Cafeteria
Friday, June 9-10, 2006 - Relay For Life
6:00 p.m. - Grand Island High School Track & Field

Island Relay For Life Kick-Off - 2006

   The 2006 Relay For Life Kick-Off will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, February 9, 2006 in the Grand Island High School large cafeteria and everyone is welcome. Team captains are asked to arrive at 6:45 p.m., committee will meet at 5:30 p.m. This is a postponement from the original date (Wed., Feb. 8). The 2005 Relay For Life to benefit the American Cancer Society was a huge success with over $94,000 raised to fight cancer. If you have any questions call 1-800-ACS-2345 or visit

Island Relay For Life Committee Meeting - January 2006

   A Relay For Life 2006 committee meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, January 10, 2006 at the Grand Island High School Library. Anyone interested in participating in this year's Relay For Life, scheduled for Friday, June 9, 2006, may call 1-800-ACS-2345 or visit

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