Painting ceiling tiles raise money for Relay For Life

Posted: Tuesday, May 21, 2002

The 4th Annual Peninsula Relay for Life to benefit the American Cancer Society is coming May 31st at Skyview High School. As the event has grown, so have the creative ways of raising funds to help in the fight against cancer.

This year Amy Warfle, at Kaladi Brothers Coffee House in Soldotna, decided to get a Relay team together and raise funds by selling the black ceiling tiles at the popular coffee house for $25.00 a piece. "We give people a new tile to take home with them and paint or decorate any way they want to. Then when they are finished they can bring them back to replace our nasty black tiles. A few years from now people will be able to come in and see what their family or classroom did to help in the fight against cancer. It'll make it brighter in here be a reminder that we can all help to find a cure for cancer," said Warfle.

Spenard Builders Supply has donated half of the tiles and Kaladi Bros. donated the rest so that all the money collected will go to the Relay For Life. By press time all the tiles had been sold, but the team was contemplating selling the ceiling lighting fixture covers to raise additional funds.

Relay for Life was started by Dr. Gordon Klatt in Tacoma, Washington, in 1985 when he got the idea to walk and run around the Tacoma Bowl for 24 hours to raise money to fight cancer. He raised $27,000 that year. In 1992, the Relay became the signature event for the American Cancer Society.

The Peninsula event, which involves teams competing against each other to raise the most money hopes to hit $80,000 this year. This celebration is much more than fund-raiser; it's an event that reaches into the community to bring friends, neighbors, work associates, and families together to celebrate those who have survived cancer and to remember those who have not. Contributions may be made until May 31st. For more details contact Kathy at 262-8114.

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