Relay for life says thanks to Los Alamos

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By The Staff

We are closing out our 2010 Relay For Life and I want to send a very big thank you to the community of Los Alamos.  

We raised approximately $36,000 during our fundraising efforts this year for the American Cancer Society.  

I want to thank the many relay teams that braved the rain to walk 18 hours around the pond.  

The walking wasn’t always easy, but the dedication and honor shown toward those who are fighting cancer and those we have lost was profound.  

The business community was enormously generous this year.  

Special thanks to our Gold Sponsors: Lou Santoro State Farm Insurance, LANB, Los Alamos Medical, ZIA Credit Union, Village Arts, Los Alamos Main Street and Gordon’s Concerts.  

Our Silver Sponsors: CB Fox, Ruby K’s, Bella Cosa Flowers, the Posse Lodge, the Masons, KRSN, Stewart Central Title, Alan and Sheena Wadlinger, Ridgeview Animal Hospital and High Mesa Dental Arts.  

Our Bronze Sponsors: El Parasol, Los Alamos Ski Club, All4Fun Party Rentals, Del Norte Credit Union, Metzgers, the Hill Top House Spa, Bandelier Grill, Reel Deal, Violas and Son-Shine-Art.

There were many individuals who gave countless hours of their time to help with fundraising this year.  

A big thank you to our “Dancing with the Stars” competitors who spent hours learning and practicing the cha-cha in order to raise money for the Relay — Ralph and Linda Phelps; Tony and Joella Mortillaro; Pat Soran and Ann Hayes; Gene and Wendy Schmidt; Josh Dolin, KJ Juarez, Mike Wismer, Stephanie Johnson and John and Mary Arrowsmith.  

Special thanks to the “pros” who provided free lessons and practice time: Rob Pelak, Dave and Marty Delanoy and Natasha Barkhudarova.  

Our relay committee was tireless this year.  

We had several new members who jumped in and learned the ropes and did an outstanding job of pulling this event together.  

Finally, a big thank you to Village Arts and the artists who made our birdhouse auction the success it was. I was amazed at the outpouring of support for this event, and you made it fun!  

Thank you to the entire community for giving so generously to a cause that ultimately affects us all.

Cindy Eaton and Alan Wadlinger

Relay for Life co-chairs