Thank you for a great Relay For Life

Editor:

The theme of the Newcomerstown Relay For Life this year was, "Wish Upon a Cure ... Dreams Really Do Come True!"

There were lots of dreams coming true this year at Relay. Not only were there no weather evacuations, something that has occurred at the Newcomerstown Relay the last several years -- two evacuations occurred last year alone, but the Relay surpassed its goal by over $20,000. The goal for the Newcomerstown Relay for Life was $72,000. The actual money raised for the 2010 Newcomerstown Relay For Life was ... $91,490.09. Amazing! Nearly $35,000 was raised on site. What a wonderful community! The Newcomerstown Relay is truly a community event where the community gets together to celebrate the survivors, remember those taken and fight back together against a disease that has already taken too much.

There were so many people that jumped in and made a huge difference to make this Relay such a huge success. Tom Mason, groundskeeper at Newcomerstown schools, allowed teams to move all tents inside the fence that surrounds the stadium. People could walk the track and participate in all events because they were right there. There were also several new teams (Arch's Army, Bates Metal and Alex in Wonderland) that made such a huge impact as well some long-time teams (Kurz-Kasch, Building Bridges and St. Paul's). The committee and teams worked very hard for this event and the community support was greatly appreciated. The list of everyone that helped make this event the success it was is just about endless. It really was a community that came together to make this event possible. It also helps having one of the nicest facilities in the state. Thank you Newcomerstown Schools for the use of the facilities.

Relay kicked off Friday night with the annual Baker's IGA chicken dinner for all survivors. The dinner was served in the comfort of the high school cafeteria. The dinner was attended by over 60 survivors and their families. Bill Casey was crowned survivor king and Elizabeth Hammersley was crowned survivor queen. Ryan Freeland was crowned prince, and Hope Glazer and Chloe Frazier were both crowned princess. In all, 30 teams participated in Relay For Life. The event was packed full of activities including a chicken dinner, dodgeball tournament, cornhole tournament, kiddie tractor pull, live auction (used to be a silent auction but we switched to live this year -- huge success), car show, hog roast and many on-site team events such as a bouncy house, slide, games, bake sales and a lemonade stand.

Also, thank you to Steve Cronebaugh who served as the auctioneer for this year's auction. He volunteered his time this year for the event and even helped set up tents.

Newcomerstown Middle School was the highest money raising team with $10,334.36 receiving a platinum award. This award is given to teams that raise $10,000 to $14,999. Teams receiving the gold award (raising $5,000 to $9,999) included St. Paul's UCC, Building Bridges, Kurz-Kasch Dream Believers, Arch's Army, Kings Church, Baker's IGA and St. Paul's Lutheran Church. Teams receiving silver awards (raising $2,500 to $4,999) included First Street Kids, Jordan Tire, Medi-Wise and Alex in Wonderland. Shining Star awards were given to Bates Metal, Newcomerstown High School, Indian Valley FFA, Boltaron, Terry's Pizza and Pavement Pounders for raising $1,000 to $2,499. The Star of Hope was given to all remaining teams including The Shaw Family and Friends Team, Century National Bank, Twin City Hospital, Riverside Manor, Peoples Church, Hartwood Church, Fight the Beast, Teardrops from Heaven, Jane's Angels, The Lamplighters and Party Lite Pirates for the hope we have that they will rejoin us next year.

Other team awards included: Best Campsite (Jordan Tire), Best Banner (Newcomerstown High School), Best Educational Message (Medi-Wise), Most Spirited (Building Bridges), Rookie of the Year (Arch's Army), Bettering Your Best (St. Paul's UCC), Best Played Out Theme (Alex in Wonderland), Golden Pillow (Newcomerstown Middle School), Early Bird (Kurz-Kasch), Best On-site Fund-raiser (Bates Metal) and Phenomenal Family Award went to the Bates family for attending almost all fundraising events and their support of other teams. Relay royalty winners included Caidee Bricker for princess, Audrey Miles for mini princess, Gunner Mitchell for prince, and Landon Hanna for mini prince. Roger Sietz from Baker's IGA was crowned Miss Relay raising his team $307.01.

Wrap up meeting for the Newcomerstown Relay For Life will take place June 29 at the Hampton Inn in Newcomerstown. Anyone wishing to share your ideas about Relay is encouraged to attend. Next year's Relay date will be set at the meeting, as well as plan for Relay For Life 2011.

If you would like information about Relay For Life 2011 or how you can become involved, contact Amy Miller at (330) 243-2385.

Again, thank you to the community of Newcomerstown and southern Tuscarawas County for such an amazing event. You are all amazing! Thank you to our many local businesses and community sponsors that continue to give so generously.

Amy Miller and Melissa Stahl

Newcomerstown Relay For Life co-chairmen