Halfway To Relay to Celebrate The Spirit of Giving

In true spirit of “giving back” throughout the holidays, the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Mahopac’s planning committee will host an open house in hopes of spreading the word about its annual Relay For Life event coming this June.

Members from the 2011 “Halfway To Relay” committee attend last December’s event.

With its “Halfway To Relay” open house taking place this Thursday night, the committee would like to thank residents who participated during its 2011 event and offer the community a head start to the 2012 Relay on June 2 and 3 at Mahopac High School. This week’s event will be held on Dec. 8 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Four Brothers Restaurant on Route 6 in Mahopac.

“It’s open to anyone, whether they’ve attended Relays in the past or if they have never participated in a Relay,” the committee’s publicity chairperson Kevin Muller said. “The Halfway To Relay is just a good opportunity to get more information and find out what it means to Relay and how you can get involved with the event.”

Attendees will get an opportunity to learn more information on how to form a team or how local businesses can get involved. Halfway To Relay is the first step to this process—those interested can register for June’s event at $10 per person. Additional fundraising above the $10 registration fee will go toward the American Cancer Society.

“Obviously whatever you can give is amazing, but we do encourage teams to do fundraisers especially if they’re a business like a deli—they can do a sale where part of the proceeds can go to Relay For Life, or if they’re a performance group, they can do a performance and have a donation box,” Muller said. “We encourage people to do what they’re already doing and if they can, incorporate Relay into what they’re doing somehow.”

The open house will also kick off the holidays with free treats, hot beverages, cookie decorating and a crafts project for children. Various vendors like Pampered Chef, Willow House, Tupperware, Arbonne, Avon, Tastefully Simple, Miche Handbags and Charming Lois will also be in attendance to sell their products. A portion of the proceeds will support the work of the American Cancer Society.

For those who have never participated in a Relay event, Halfway To Relay will give them a chance to find out more information about recruitment, fundraising techniques and what it means to Relay.

“It’s basically the first, official lead up to the Relay in June,” Muller said. “This probably the most informal chance for people to answer questions, or if they want to start up a team but they don’t want to commit to anything right now—this is the best chance to learn more.”

To find out more information on The American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Mahopac, visit relayforlife.org/mahopacny.

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