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EDN receives ‘Spirit of Hope’

The Ennis Relay for Life committee officially kicked off the new fund-raising year by giving thanks to the sponsors and supporters of last year’s Relay.
The committee held a luncheon and awards ceremony Tuesday at the Ennis Chamber of Commerce meeting room. Plans for this year’s Relay, as well as memories from last year’s event, were shared as local businesses were given the royal treatment with a catered lunch and recognition for all their efforts to support the Ennis Relay for Life.
Chairperson of the 2009 Ennis Relay for Life Amy Martinez said she was very pleased to honor the past sponsors in this way.
“It is always a great time when we can recognize and honor the local businesses and individuals that make the Ennis Relay for Life so successful,” she said. “We wouldn’t be able to do what we do without them and we are so thankful for all of their support.”
The Ennis Daily News was recognized for their continued support of the Relay for Life and the newspaper was awarded the “Spirit of Hope” award for the company’s donation of of advertising and promotion of the Relay event. The award is one of only five given in the North Texas region. Brooks said the company was honored to receive the prestigious award.
“The Ennis Relay for Life is such an important event for this community that we’re just happy to be able to help in any way we can,” Brooks said. “So many people in our area have been affected by cancer, it feels good to be a part of this effort to fight the disease. The people of this community have embraced the Relay for Life and it makes us proud to live and work in such a wonderful place.”
With community support for the Relay event being strong, four gold sponsors from last year’s Relay have already signed up to be sponsors again this year, including: Allen Samuels Autoplex, Data Business Forms, First State Bank of Rice and Witherspoon, Yeldell & Wilson PC.
The Relay organizers are very excited to already have a start on next year’s sponsors and have issued a challenge to the community: if a goal of $250,000 in donations is met, event chairperson Amy Martinez and American Cancer Society partner Denise Hodges will color their hair purple.
The group is setting its overall fund-raising goal at $185,000 but event co-chair Weldon Caldwell says the $250,000 amount is very attainable.
“We have always had the complete support of the community and we know that this year will be no different,” he said. “All of our sponsors, relay team members and committee members work very hard to raise funds for cancer research and we know we can count on the community. Nothing is impossible when it comes to the limits of this community.”
The team exceeded last year’s goal of $120,000 by $34,000.
The Ellis County relay teams were all recognized for raising the most funds for the High Plains Division in North Texas.
The group has also set goals to have a minimum of 65 participating teams for the April 2009 event and hopes to have 150 registered survivors at the event.
The group has set a tentative date for the kickoff of Jan. 12, 2009, but teams can begin raising funds for their teams now and have until Aug. 31, 2009, to turn in donations to be counted toward the overall amount raised.
American Cancer Society Director of Community Development for North Texas Brenda Ratcliff said she has worked with many relay groups and commended the Ennis group for their organizational skills, fund-raising efforts and their thorough attention to every detail of the event.
“I worked with the Ellis County group when there was only one and at the time I was told that there was only one group because Ennis wouldn’t run their own event, but I believe that has happened and is a rousing success,” she said. “You all do a wonderful job and we appreciate groups like yours.”
The next organizational meeting for the Ennis Relay for Life will be held Nov. 10. For more information contact Caldwell at weldon.caldwell@schirm.com.

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