Most nine year olds can’t wait to rip off the wrapping and see if they received all the gifts they dreamed of for their birthday. Danny Froumis, a Crestwood Elementary third grade student, decided he’d rather have his birthday donated to Relay For Life. Froumis asked that money that would have gone to gifts instead be donated to Relay and raised $155. The party had a Relay For Life theme, complete with scavenger hunt, paddleboat races, pie-eating contest, an Easter egg hunt, and a buried coin hunt. Froumis’ mother, Holly, is very proud of her son and couldn’t be happier at this story of self-sacrifice and thinking of others.
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It’s said two heads are better than one, and two businesses may be as well. Ric’s Food Center at first planned a nice open house and customer appreciation day, but has now partnered with D.A.D.’S Tents for an event the two businessmen hope will result in a doozy of a donation for Relay for Life. What started out as a simple customer appreciation day on Saturday, May 2 from noon to 5 p.m. has turned into a Relay for Life fundraiser. Dave Brickner, store director of Ric’c Food Center, 6767 Belding Road, lined up many of his store vendors to offer samples and hoped to provide some food outdoors at the store. When he started talking to Dave Parish, of D.A.D.’s Tents and Party Supplies, the two cooked up more ideas. Ric’s, a company that believes in being involved and supportive of the towns their stores are in, realized quickly how big a deal Relay for Life is in Rockford. “In Mount Pleasant, the town is all about Special Olympics, and that’s what we do there,” he said of the store’s parent location. “Here in Rockford, it’s Relay. I’ve been approached by more than 20 Relay groups,” Brickner said. From the get-go, Ric’s has been supportive of local efforts, and donates all their post-dated bakery goods to Lean on Me, a local charity. Brickner said that after opening doors at the store, the store owners hoped he would get Ric’s involved in the Rockford community. Brickner learned about some of the biggies here, such as Mitchell’s Run Thru Rockford, and supports as many as possible. Of course, he found out about Relay for Life, which raises money for the American Cancer Society and is wildly successful in Rockford. Dave at D.A.D.’s Tents is just as passionate about Relay. From the beginning or Relay six years ago he has had his tents at the event. “The first year we had maybe eight tents. The next year we participated. It was a life-changing experience.” He is so dedicated to the cancer-fighting effort that he has ordered a $2,000 big, bright pink tent and will always donate the rental to Relay. The D.A.D.’S Dave and Ric’s Dave decided to work together to make the Ric’s event a Relay […]
On Saturday, April 25 look for the big pink tent at D.A.D.’S Tents and Party Rentals, 555 Northland Drive, Rockford. Rain or shine from 9 to 3 D.A.D.’S is hosting a multi-team Relay For Life rummage sale with 100 percent of the proceeds going to Relay For Life. All items not sold will be donated to the North Kent Service Center. “Cancer touches everyone, it’s everywhere,” said Dave Parish, owner. Parish said there will be concessions such as cotton candy and popcorn, and snow cones if the weather is warm. The tent is available for rental with 100 percent of that money going to Relay For Life as well. Parish said he bought the $2,000 tent to support Relay, in which he has participated since the first Rockford Relay six years ago. “This is a community that cares,” he said.
A lament over the high cost of prom dresses lead to another successful Rockford Relay For Life fundraisers. Jenn Hephner, formerly president of the Rockford Jaycees, is hoping for a repeat success of Dress For A Cure, a Relay fundraiser that will also benefit those who love a great bargain on the hottest styles. Hephner, who is organizing the event this year for the Relay team Live Laugh Cure, came up with the idea last year when she heard the mother of a teenage girl complain about the expense of finding a dress for prom. Hephner began a campaign to collect dresses-including brand new dresses from designers across the country-and offer them for sale at great prices. All proceeds went to Rockford’s Relay For Life. The collection and sale were an overwhelming successes. Over 200 dresses were donated and all but two sold, bringing in a total of over $1,700 for the annual event to raise money for cancer research. This year donations have been slower and Hephner hopes Rockford’s women and high school girls will look into their hearts and closets. “Do you have the closet of 27 Dresses?” Hephner asks. She believes, despite last year’s deluge, that there are plenty more dresses that deserve a second chance to shine. In addition, this year Hephner has the help of Double Take, a resale shop located at 31 Courtland in downtown Rockford. With drop off hours of Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., those with 9 to 5 jobs will be able to stop by on a Saturday to deliver their goods. Dresses can also be dropped off at The Rockford Squire newspaper at 331 Northland Drive. The sale itself is scheduled in time for prom and is a great way to buy a beautiful dress for less. It will be April 17 and 18 at Double Take from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. If cleaning a closet can contribute to finding a cure for cancer, it is well worth the time and effort. For more information email Hephner at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do you have gently used and/or new prom dress (es) that you are unsure what to with? Here is your answer; you can donate your gently used prom dress (es) to the Love Laugh Cure Relay For Life team for our second “Dress for Cure” fundraisers to benefit Relay For Life. We will then, in return, resell the dresses at a great discount to the community and beyond on April 17 and 18 at Double Take. This fundraiser was able to collect over 200 dresses and raise over $1700.00 for Relay last year. Dress collection will start on March, 3 2009 at Double Take located at 31 Courtland, and at your very own Rockford Squire office located at 331 Northland Drive during business hours. For more information you can contact the event organizer Jenn Hephner by email email@example.com