Buffalo Island Relay event honors survivors

Monday, June 25, 2012
Survivors take the first lap at the 2012 Relay for Life event.

The 11th annual Buffalo Island Relay for Life was held Friday, June 22, at the Leachville City Park. This year's carnival theme was "Walking the Midway, Fighting for a Cure, one step at a Time."

Chairman Brenda Matheny kicked off the event welcoming everyone and recognizing the cancer survivors who participated in a balloon release and took the first victory walk around the track. The victory lap was led by honorary cancer survivors representing each town on Buffalo Island. Family members joined in the second lap around the track.

There were food booths, game booths, a silent auction, and entertainment provided by D.J. Doug Masters.

The 2012 teams included Leachville Housing authority Swinging Seniors; Heritage Bank, Southern Bank, Southern Belles and Beaus, New Harmony Baptist church, New Harmony Baptist Youth Team, Hospitality Tent, sonic, and Methodist Sonshine Class

"We survived the heat and the mosquitoes," Matheny said. "I appreciate all of the teams, the committee members, the sponsors and everyone who took a part.

Jackie Wallis, community representative was in Leachville for the event. He also expressed his appreciation to the teams for their fundraising activities and participation in the Relay for Life.

"A lot of events led up to the Relay for Life 2012," Wallis said.

Last year Wallis offered his hair if Buffalo Island Relay met their goal of $20,000. At the end of the 2011 Relay, he did give up his hair. This year he had already given his "locks" to another Relay for Life in another town held earlier in June.

Luminaries had been purchased in honor of cancer survivors or in memory of those who lost their life to cancer and at 8:15 p.m. a candle lighting ceremony was held with the luminaries being lit around the track. Names were read during the ceremony by committee members Rebecca Clowers, Tammy Spikes, Paula Bowers and Sheila Spurlock. New Harmony pastor, John Henson, gave the invocation. A silent memory lap was held during the ceremony.

The Leachville Cave Dwellers presented a sample of fire works. They plan to hold their annual fireworks display at the city park on the evening of July 4.

Matheny presented trophies in several categories.


Best Spirit Stick:

2nd runner up -- Heritage Bank.

1st runner-up -- Southern Bells and Beaus.

Winner -- Hospitality tent.

Best Camp Site:

2nd runner-up -- Heritage Bank Knockouts.

1st runner-up Southern Bank.

Winner -- Leachville Housing Authority Swinging Seniors.

Best Team Spirit:

2nd runner-up -- New Harmony Youth Team.

1st runner-up -- Southern Bank

Winner -- Heritage Bank.

Best Grub:

Honorable Mention -- Hospitality Tent.

2nd runner-up -- Heritage Bank Knockouts.

1st runner-up -- Southern Belles and Beaus.

Winner -- New Harmony Baptist Church.

Most money raised in a single event:

2nd runner-up -- Methodist Sonshine Class.

1st runner-up -- New Harmony Baptist Church.

Winner -- Heritage Knockouts.

Overall Most money raised -- Heritage Bank Knockouts.

Heritage Bank team held their activities in honor of Barbara Baker of Manila.

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