To the Editor:
On behalf of the American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Hamilton County, I would like to extend my sincere appreciation to the residents and businesses of Hamilton County for their generosity and support to our Relay this year. Since this is a county wide event we decided to take Relay on the road this year to Jewell where we received a warm welcome. We want to thank everyone who made the drive to Jewell to attend. We owe a huge thank you to the Jewell community and South Hamilton Schools for their support and the many ways they helped make this event possible. I also want to extend a big thank you to Rick Young, and his wife Janet, for everything they did to make this successful in Jewell. This year 15 teams participated in the event raising approximately $40,000.00 for American Cancer Society's programs of research, education, advocacy, and patient services. This outstanding support proves the people of Hamilton County and surrounding communities are truly committed to the fight against cancer.
I want to applaud the many cancer survivors who participated in the opening lap and survivor reception. Although the wind did not allow us to line the track with luminaries we were still able to have a very meaningful luminaria ceremony. Fun and games entertained participants and spectators during the evening. We had an extremely successful auction and want to thank all the individuals and buisnesses who contributed auction items. Funds raised from the auction also contribute to the fight against cancer. The evening concluded with a wonderful fireworks display provided by the Williams Lions Club.
We appreciate the generosity of this year's corporate sponsors:
Crestview Nursing and Rehabilitation
Motor Inn of Webster City
Second Street Emporium
Van Diest Medical Center
Wayne & Marlene Anderson
Williams Lions Club
Daily Freeman Journal
Trimark Physicians Clinic
Alberta & Phil Voge
Webster City Custom Meats
Webster City Federal Savings Bank
Webster City Medical Clinic/WC MRI
Williams Bulk Transfer
Casey's General Store Jewell
Edward Jones Investments & Tim Finucan
Ellsworth Cooperative Telephone Association
First State Bank/Town & Country Insurance
Iowa Select Farms Iowa Falls
Iowa Turkey Federation - Ames
Mary Greeley Medical Center/Bliss Cancer Center
McFarland Clinic PC
Peoples Credit Union
Summit Farms - Alden
Van Diest Supply Company
Webster City RV, Inc.
Webster City Veterinary Clinic
Hour of hope sponsors:
Anderson's Meat & Grocery
First American Bank - Jewell
W & G Marketing Co., Inc.
Special thanks to the following for their services and/or time: Jewell Golf & Country Club, South Hamilton Schools and Staff, Windsor Manor, Whoop-Ti-Doos & La-Ti-Daas, DJ's Trophys, South Hamilton Record-News, Pastor Chad Halbach, Arlen Burroughs, Jeff Pederson, Pat Powers, Lynn Beyer, Russ Graves, Jewell Boy Scouts, Williams Lions Club and Jewell Fire & Rescue.
Thank you to Elaine Van Langen, our honorary chairperson and 26 year cancer survivor, for her participation in Relay 2013.
Enormous thanks goes to the committee who put great effort into making this Relay a success.
Jess MillerPat Nokes
Andrea Hanus ACS Staff partner
Spouses of committee members willingly helped in many ways with set-up, tear-down and doing whatever was asked of them during the event.
Again, thank you for supporting the American Cancer Society and helping us to create a world with more birthdays. It's not too late to turn in any last minute funds raised or too early to become involved in Relay for Life 2014. If you would like to become a Relay volunteer, contact Andrea Hanus at firstname.lastname@example.org or Bev Huisman at email@example.com
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