Drew County Relay For Life Raises Funds With Chili Dinner

Gabe Kuttenkuler, 7 years old, walking on his hands for all in attendance at the Relay for Life chili dinner. He and nine other boys and girls from Kim's Dance Factory performed gymnastic tricks for everyone to watch.

Gabe Kuttenkuler, 7 years old, walking on his hands for all in attendance at the Relay for Life chili dinner. He and nine other boys and girls from Kim’s Dance Factory performed gymnastic tricks for everyone to watch.
Photo by Drew Foote

By Drew Foote
Staff Writer

MONTICELLO – Drew County Relay for Life hosted a chili dinner kickoff fundraiser at Pauline Missionary Baptist Church Tuesday, Jan. 29 at 6 p.m. to raise money to donate for cancer research.

   Approximately 80 people showed up to the church fellowship hall for $5 all-you-can eat chili.  The event raised $270 with donations.

   Susan Herring and Ethel Newton, two cancer survivors, attended the event to support the fight against cancer. Newton, age 89, defeated breast cancer almost 30 years ago. She said research requires a lot more money today than it did in her time.

   Herring said, “Relay for Life means a lot more to me now because cancer research made my cancer mostly curable.”

   Sandra Norris, event chairman, started the event with having Joey Norton pray before serving the chili.

   A team of five girls and five boys from Kim’s Dance Factory performed gymnastic stunts while everyone ate. Directed by Mary Ramsey, the team walked on their hands, performed round offs, backhand springs, black flips and front flips.

   Clowns were making balloon animals and hats for everyone during the whole event.

   After Norris thanked everyone who helped with the event, she explained to everyone about the event Relay For Life hosts every year. This year’s event will be April 12 at McCloy City Park from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.

   She explained to everyone what all happens with the money raised by Relay for Life including a college scholarship for students diagnosed with cancer.

   Norris told everyone the theme for the relay will be “Under the Big Top,” a circus theme. Then, she gave door prizes later in the event.

   The Drew County Relay for Life raised $30,167.31 in 2012. They set their goal at $43,000 for 2013.

   Anyone can sign up a team to walk in the relay. It costs $10 per person on a team to walk. A member from each team must be walking at all times for the duration of the relay.

   It takes all of us to help,” Newton said.

   To submit any entries, please contact Stephanie Norris at (870) 723-2955 or Stacie Midwell at (479)747-7805

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