Buffalo Island Relay for Life "rock and rolls" for a cure

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

The 13th annual Buffalo Island Relay for Life was held Friday, June 13. Due to the threat of rain, the 2014 event was moved from the Leachville City Park to the Jimmy Sanders building in Leachville. This year's theme, "Rockin' and Rollin' for a Cure," brought out the poodle skirts and rolled up jeans for the 1950s look.

Chairman Brenda Matheny kicked off the event welcoming everyone. Cancer survivors were recognized with a balloon release. Survivors took the first victory lap and were joined by family members for the second lap.

"We appreciate the use of the building and everyone who participated," Matheny said. "We had a lot of rain earlier in the week."

The honorary survivors representing their towns across Buffalo Island were Bob and Marie George of Lake City, Dale Blaylock of Manila; Barbara Roe of Trumann, Laura Fletcher of Leachville, LaDonna Thrasher of Caraway, Heather Nance of Monette, Stacy Masters of Arbyrd and Scout Lyerly of Black Oak.

Linda Mason of Cardwell, 2013 honorary survivor, was ill last year and unable to walk and her daughter, Stacy Masters, walked for her. She said she is thankful to be able to walk this year and joined her daughter for the victory lap.

"We appreciate all of our teams and welcomed new teams this year," Matheny said. "We also appreciate our sponsors and everyone who comes out to support the event each year. All of the proceeds go to the American Cancer Society in the fight against cancer."

Doug Masters provided the 1950s music complete with dance competitions. A hula hoop contest was also held, along with best dressed.

The First National Bank team provided games and face painting. Food concessions were inside and out giving everyone a variety of choices from barbecue to ice cream floats.

The silent auction kept the group busy bidding on different items.

Judges awarded plaques in several divisions.

Best Grub went to the Rocking New Harmony Baptist Church adult team. The New Harmony Happy Day youth team won first runner-up and Freedom Cookers received second runner-up.

Best Campsite went to the First National Bank. Stacy's Hospitality Crew won first runner-up with Faith Funeral Home receiving second runner-up.

The Best Team Spirit went to the Hospitality Crew. The Rocking New Harmony team won first runner-up for their spirit and the Rocking Grannies from the Housing Authority won second runner-up.

Best Spirit Stick award went to the Southern Belles and Beaus. New Harmony won first runner-up and the Housing Authority won second runner-up.

Stacy Masters' team received a plaque for an event raising the most money. The event was "Fishing for a Cure."

A long list of names was read in honor of cancer survivors and in memory of those who have lost their battle to cancer.

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