Town Crier News Staff
Brenda Matheny will serve as chair for the 2008 American Cancer Buffalo Island Relay for Life. Matheny has been involved with the BI Relay for seven years and served as co-chair for five years.
The first meeting of the year was held Thursday evening at the Leachville Community Center with members of the steering committee working on a theme, a date for the Relay and discussing fund raising activities.
This year's Relay for Life will be held at the Leachville City Park on June 27. The Relay will begin at 5 p.m. on Friday and end at 7 a.m. Saturday morning.
The 2008 theme is Patriotic, "United We Stand to Fight Against Cancer."
Matheny reported on the first fundraiser held on New Year's Eve at the Manila Family Music show. The Rebound Band and Sharon McKinney performed donating part of the proceeds to the Buffalo Island Relay for Life.
The band and Ms. McKinney will be holding a second fundraiser on February 14. A Valentine's Day Dance will be held at the Manila Family Music Show, 108 Walnut Street, in Manila from 7-10 p.m.
"We appreciate the band for helping us and Manila Family Music Show owners Bill and Tammie Gist," Matheny said.
A Wrestling event will be held at the Manila Airport on March 8. The match will be held at the Manila Airport Center with doors opening at 6 p.m. and wrestling starting at 7 p.m.
Matheny encourages anyone wanting to be a part of the Buffalo Island Relay to get a team, host a fundraising activity, and participate in the Relay for Life.
"Our next meeting will be at 7 p.m. Feb. 28, at the Leachville Senior Citizen Center," Matheny said. "The meeting is open to anyone who would like to help. The door is always open for anyone wanting to help with the Relay. It is a good cause and we never know when we might be the next one who is diagnosed with cancer. Cancer doesn't care who you are or what age. The American Cancer Society Relay for Life represents the hope those lost to cancer will never be forgotten, those who face cancer will be supported, and one day cancer will be eliminated. Remember, there is no finish line until we find a cure."
Matheny said the Relay for Life is a joint effort between all towns across Buffalo Island.
"We appreciate the support we have had from all of the towns, teams, businesses, and individuals who have made each year successful," Matheny said.