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|One night, one cause: 2008 Relay for Life huge success|
The American Cancer Society Relay for Life event was held recently at Franklin Parish High School Patriot Stadium. Relay chairperson and American Cancer Society volunteer Emily Arnold reported raising over $16,000 at the fund-raiser to be used in the fight for a cure for cancer.
Held in the Franklin Parish High School Patriot Stadium, Craig Gill welcomed everyone in attendance and Gene Thompson led the prayer. James Carson of VFW Post #3155 presented the flags and Nelda Emfinger and Naomi Cordill sang the National Anthem. Committee chairperson Emily Arnold introduced the Relay for Life committee and teams, as well as sponsorship recognition. Plaques were also presented to the Monceaux family in honor of Wes Monceaux and to the Gravelle families in memory of Joe Morse "Bobo" Gravelle and his granddaughter, Hallie Beth Gravelle.
Activities included a live cake auction and a special VIP musical performance by Hanna Montana, Jessica Waller and Justin Huff. Tent booths lined the inside of the arena offering refreshments and special activities for children.
The Luminaria Ceremony was opened with a prayer from Paul Perry of Coax Baptist Church, with "in memory" and "in remembrance" readings by Bob Nelson and Kay LaFrance-Knight.
The 2008 Relay for Life Committee members were, Juanita Bradley, Betty Childs, Janis Smith, Jennifer Williamson and Emily Arnold.
Platinum sponsors ($1,000) were Franklin State Bank , Charlyn Rehabilitation and Plantation Manor; Survivor sponsors ($500), Winnsboro State Bank, NELA Ambulance and Citizen's Progressive Bank; Luminaria sponsors ($300), J. Scott Sartin, attorney at law and Franklin Medical Center. Banner sponsors ($250), Progressive State Bank. Hour sponsors ($100), Winnsboro Lion's Club, Mulhearn's Funeral Home, Martin Brothers, Winnsboro Medical Clinic, Mary Anna Nursing Home, Twin Oaks Country Club, Gilbert Drugs and Franklin Healthcare Specialists. Track sponsor ($50), Termarid.
The American Cancer Society is the nation-wide community based, voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem, preventing cancer, saving lives and diminishing suffering from cancer through research, education, advocacy and service.
"We will find a cure and when we do, it will not be because we wished for it, but because we worked for it," said the 2008 Relay for Life teams.
This year's Relay was held in honor of Wes Monceaux and in memory of Joe Morse "Bobo" Gravelle and his granddaughter, Hallie Beth Gravelle.