Congratulations to our volunteers and colleagues in North Texas who put on a day-long virtual Relay For Life event last Saturday, May 2, complete with an auction, entertainment, cooking exhibit, art classes, luminaria and survivor ceremonies, survivor speakers, messages from ACS leaders, and a fantastic opening segment featuring a ‘Why I Relay’ virtual toilet paper roll toss among participants.
Watch part of the fun here.
The event brought together 26 of the 28 Relays in the North Texas area, including Dallas, Fort Worth, Kaufman, Tyler, Fannin County, SMU, and more, and exceeded its $200,000 goal by more than $30,000. Money is still being raised.
“I could not be prouder of our North Texas team,” said Keenan Delaney, executive director, in the North Texas Area.
Brandi Adams, a senior manager, community development, in the Fort Worth market, said: "The idea came from a volunteer and turned into conversations between staff, and just kept growing."
Hosting from her home in New Jersey was Desiree Berenguer Carton, communications director in the Northeast Region. ACS guests included our CEO Gary Reedy; Jeff Fehlis, EVP, South Region; and Durado Brooks, MD, MPH, VP cancer control interventions. Viewers also heard from James Frary, chair of the North Texas Chapter of CEOs Against Cancer; and Russ McCaskey, CBS 11 news anchor, as well as several cancer survivors.
Guests did an impressive job explaining our mission and all the programs and services we provide, including research, advocacy, Hope Lodge (a Hope Lodge is scheduled to open in Dallas next year), our free information line (1.800.227.2345) available 24/7, 365 days a year; Road To Recovery, and more.
Entertainers included the Kilgore College Rangerettes and Austin-based singer/songwriter Brian Pounds, a contestant on The Voice in 2013, and auction items included a football signed by Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott; a Yeti cooler, flat-screen TV, and much, much more.
The event was very interactive, with viewers posting selfies, messages to their caregivers, and scrolling lists of luminaria honorees.
Congratulations to all volunteers and staff and volunteers involved!