The Buffalo Island Relay for Life successful

Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Cancer survivors take the first victory lap at the 2013 Buffalo Island Relay for Life.

The 12th annual Buffalo Island Relay for Life was held Friday, June 14, at the Leachville City Park. This year's theme, Birthday Party, 100 Years of Hope," was in honor of the American Cancer Society's 100th birthday.

Chairman Brenda Matheny kicked off the event welcoming everyone. Cancer survivors were recognized with a balloon release and took the first victory lap around the track. They were joined by family members on the second lap and by members of the teams for a third lap.

Taking the lead were 2013 honorary survivors representing each town, Sherry Cagle, Leachville; Beverly Counts, Manila; Donald Davis, Lake City; Juanita Hickman, Black Oak, Lindsey S. Lewis, Caraway, and Glenville Nettles, Monette. Linda Mason of Cardwell was not able to attend. Her daughter, Stacy Masters, walked in her place.

Matheny recognized the steering committee members for the year including co-chair, Rebecca Clowers; team recruitment, Janice Edgin; sponsorship, Brenda Matheny; publicity, Revis Blaylock; survivorship, Tina Matheny; hospitality, Stacy Masters; luminaries, Rebecca Clowers; entertainment, Teresa Young; activities, Katherine Clowers; Wall of Tribute, Paula Bowen; accounting, Rebecca Clowers; logistics, Dale Blaylock; decorations, Sherry Hetler; luminary helpers, Katherine Clowers, Brenda Laffoon, Rebecca Bowen; program book, Tina Matheny; community representative, Jackie Wallis; Relay resource director, Kimberly Smith; ACS program representative, Nancy Shelton.

The teams and captains included Leachville Housing Authority Senior Rainbows (Shirley Thompson-captain); Heritage Bank Girls (Ashley Tate-captain); New Harmony Adult Team (Revis Blaylock-captain); New Harmony Youth Team (Stacie Booth and Tracey Bohannan-captains); Southern Belles and Beaus (Teresa Young-captain); Leachville First Baptist Church Walk by Faith team (David Beigle-captain); Island Girls (Rebecca Clowers-captain); Faith Funeral Service (Janie Singleton-captain); Hospitality Crew (Stacy Masters-captain); Funnel Cake Wagon (Cotton Morris-captain); Sonic Drive-In (Matt Davis-captain); Hog Head Inflatables (Chris Hollingshead-captain).

Luminaries are purchased throughout the year in honor of cancer survivors and in memory of those who lost their battle to cancer. A special lighting ceremony is held and the candles light the walking track for a silent memory lap following the reading of the names.

Plaques were presented to winners.

Each team created a spirit stick to be judged. The spirit stick winners were: New Harmony Youth's "100th birthday creation" second runner-up; Faith Funeral Service's "light-up birthday cupcake" first runner-up. Heritage Bank's spirit stick featuring ribbons for the colors of the different types of cancer was the spirit stick winner.

Each team created a birthday hat with the Leachville First Baptist Youth Group winning second runner-up; Faith Funeral Service winning first runner-up and New Harmony Youth's hat made by Shelby Simpson winning.

Best Grub Division winners were: Hoghead, second runner-up; Leachville Senior Rainbows, first runner-up; and New Harmony Adult, winner.

Best Team sprit award went to: New Harmony Group, second runner-up; Heritage Team Hope, first runner-up; and Stacy's Hospitality Crew, winner.

Best Campsite winners were: Leachville Seniors, second runner-up; Heritage Bank Team Hope, first runner-up; and Stacy's Hospitality Crew, winner.

Most money raised in a single event: Island Girls (Boston butt sale) second runner-up; Team Hope, Heritage Bank, (Flamingo) first runner-up; Team Hope Heritage Bank (bake sale) winner.

Most money raised overall went to Team Hope Heritage Bank with $5,909.48.

After the tribute walk, Mark Johnson and the Cave Dwellers held a fireworks display in honor of the cancer survivors.

Doug Masters served as DJ providing music at the bandstand and the PA system used for the evening.

"We appreciate each and every one who helped make the event successful," Matheny said.

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