Staff Report

Sponsorship from local businesses is key to the success for the local Relay for Life event held at Newsome High School. A goal of $10,000 in sponsorship is sought. This will help cover costs of holding the event on Saturday, April 9. According to Leslie Adams, Speech-Language Pathologist at Stowers Elementary, “That way we can ensure that money raised by participants goes directly to the American Cancer Society.”

Money donated by local businesses covers the fee to use Newsome High School’s facilities, tent rentals, generators, participant T-shirts, survivor gifts, and more. In return for sponsoring the event, businesses can receive track markers, advertising on its website, advertising on T-shirts, and more depending on their level of sponsorship. The most important thing that businesses receive is recognition within their own community. Knowing that they support their neighbors is a key part to local small business success.

“We are blessed to have so many wonderful local businesses that help us advertise, sponsors events and fundraisers, provide in-kind donations, and continue to come out and participate in our event year after,” commented Adams.

As a new sponsor to the FH Relay for Life, Leigh Wolfenden, FishHawk resident and Owner of Little Greek Restaurant said, “Cancer affects so many people, either directly or through our loved ones, and I am no exception.

My mother was diagnosed with cervical cancer when I was a little girl. After a hysterectomy at the age of 25, she has been cancer free for 34 years. My grandmother died from lung cancer when I was a teenager. My father also lost his battle with pancreatic cancer before he could meet my son.”

For more information about being a sponsor of this annual fun and family-friendly fundraiser affecting so many lives, email jackelynwaluzak@yahoo.com or tampajulie11@yahoo.com, or visit the Relay For Life of FishHawk website relay.acsevents .org/site/TR/Relay ForLife where you can register as a sponsor, participant, team captain, or volunteer, or purchase a Luminaria.