Niki de Soto
The 2011 Fulton County Relay For Life, held on June 10 at the Salem Greyhounds Ballfield, was a resounding success, with more than $33,600 raised by the 13 participating teams.
Special thanks go out to all of the sponsors and in-kind donations received from the community, including major sponsors North Arkansas Electric, Salem 1st Care, Short Title Company, Allsteel, Beta Sigma Phi Omicron, Centurylink, Fred's Fish House and Southfork River Therapy and Living Center.
Two handmade items that were raffled off at the event included a handmade quilt which went to Sharlene Worsham and a beautiful cedar chest won by Bonnie Kett.
20 cancer survivors and their guests attended the annual Survivor's Dinner, held this year at the Salem Church of Christ. Special thanks go out to Swingle's Family Diner, Town and Country and Jeter Catering for providing the wonderful meal that was shared.
12 additional survivors joined the 20 who attended the luncheon for the first official Survivor lap at the Relay.
Fulton County Judge Charles Willett read a special proclamation to get things started, and the Mammoth Spring VFW colorguard presented the flags while Stephanie Dillinger sang the National Anthem.
Additional thanks go to Robby Stagley for DJ'ing the event and Ralph Lane for providing the stage and sound system.
The Best Campsite was won by the Fulton County Rockers, with Best Banner going to Jasmin's Hope Brigade and the Spirit Award going to the Bank of Salem team.
The luminaria ceremony raised $1,335 and the popular silent auction raised an additional $1,100. Our thanks to all of those businesses and individuals who donated items for the silent auction and for the survivor dinner.
The top fundraising team was Linda, Inc. with $5,879.51.
The organizers would also like to extend their gratitude to the Salem Schools, Salem Church of Christ, KSAR and Areawide News for helping make this year's event such a great success.