An inspiring community of volunteers and visitors came together at Evelyn Greer Park to raise more than $105,000 to help in the fight against cancer and to find resources to support those touched by cancer. Among the contributions were pledges to the American Cancer Society’s Road to Recovery, a program to help drive cancer patients to treatment.
Over 500 people participated on teams or committees, over 300 student volunteer forms were filled out and hundreds of volunteer hours recorded. Youngsters on Howard- Palmetto baseball teams helped fill luminaria bags with sand and placed these candles around our track. Bags filled with memories of loved ones lost and hope for those still with us. Some of us even managed to make the full 20 hours in tents or on the track. We kept walking because cancer never sleeps.
Our young students participated on stage through dance, song, word and high energy performances. Thank you to school board member Dr. Larry Feldman and all our local schools for their involvement and patience over the past six months.
Our bands, D-N-R and BADGE, filled the evening with music under the stars. Families across Pinecrest and neighboring communities enjoyed our talents and gifts to a worthy cause. Local and nearby businesses supported us with teams, donations and advertising. Thank you for your support and commitment; we couldn’t have had a successful silent auction or fundraising season without your cooperation and generosity. There are many contributors to our success and while we can’t take up the pages needed to thank you all, you can see many of your faces and activities by visiting our photos taken by Debora Rosenn for the 2012 Pinecrest Relay for Life at www.deborarosennphotograpy.com.
You can also search YouTube for 2012 Pinecrest Relay for Life to hear and see performances for our volunteers.
For the second year, Gus Machado Ford was our event sponsor. We thank you for your continued support of the American Cancer Society through Relay for Life, and thank you for your kindness and dedication to helping to find a cure.
Finally, to our partner in this important work, the Village of Pinecrest, we give our biggest thanks. Mayor Lerner and the entire Village Council supported our efforts, along with a superb Parks and Recreation department. The shuttle buses were a big hit and your guidance and encouragement throughout the Village helped drive this grassroots program. We would not have had the attendance and attention of our community without your partnership in this event.
We are an active community with valuable, caring causes, so it’s difficult to pick and choose where to spend your time and certainly where to leave your money. We appreciate so many people making the Pinecrest Relay for Life their destination on Feb. 25. It may have been the carnival feel that brought you in, the Survivor celebration or the beautiful lighting of luminarias, but no matter the reason, you didn’t leave without feeling the caring and commitment of your neighbors. We all made a difference at this event, from the cancer facts presented by teams, funds raised, to the sharing of stories; we acknowledge that we are in this great fight against cancer together.
As much fun as it was this year going to the movies, we are equally excited about our GO GREEN 2013 Festival of Relay for Life. You are all invited to put March 16-17, 2013 on your calendar for another beautiful day of community caring at the park.
Your very proud Relay for Life committee — Cheri Ball, Diana Gonzalez, Randi Trazenfeld, Roberta Davis, Marge Jenetopulos, Kitty Clayman, Maureen Piero, Tres Davis, George Jenetopulos, Jerome Smith, Debi Strochak, Debbie Potter, Glenda Weiss, Judy Judkowitz, Marsha Tejeda, Yomayra Mora Perea, Beth Weinstein, Loren Matthews, Mayor Cindy Lerner, Pat Janisse, Diane Preuss, Zerelda Spann, Debora Rosenn, Megan McCrink, Miggy Soto, Andrea Galan, Nicholle Ruzall-Bron, Natanya Trazenfeld and Gail Frankel.