Local volunteers for the American Cancer Society have sponsored a "Relay for Life" at beautiful Koser Spring Lake Park in Cherokee for many years now.
The event has been traditionally held towards the end of summer - usually in August - and it always draws a large crowd of people who eat, socialize, enjoy entertainment and, most importantly, walk around the lake's hiking trail to show their support for cancer survivors and those who have not survived.
Tammy Hare and Abbi Agnitsch, coworkers at the Cherokee Country Store on U.S. Highway 59 South, have both been long-time participants in, and supporters of, the Relay for Life, but the two did not realize until recently that they could raise funds for the Relay.
Since getting an application at the Wellness Center, they have held several fund-raisers, with 100% of the money raised to go to the Relay for Life. They began a Silent Auction last week and 30-40 local businesses have donated close to 50 $10-$100 items to be auctioned off. Winners will be drawn at a Garage Sale they will be holding at 317 E. Main St. this Friday and Saturday, June 11-12. Again, all proceeds will go to the Relay for Life. Hot dogs and chips will be available at the Garage Sale.
Other fund-raisers they have done or will be doing soon include a cook out, bake sale and a quilt raffle. Quilt raffle tickets can be purchased at the Cherokee Country Store for $5/ticket. Bonnie Mongan made the quilt to be raffled off.
During the Cherokee County Fair July 8-11, they will be staging a "Car Bash" on the Fair Grounds, where people can purchase a ticket to hammer away at an old clunker of a car.
The final fund-raiser - the piece de resistance, if you will - will be an opportunity to purchase chances to throw a pie (whipped cream variety) at Cherokee Country Store Manager Patti Riggs - as well as another possible guest victim. The official date for this fun activity has not been set yet, but it will be in July, outside of the Cherokee Country Store. You can purchase chances now at the store.
Hare and Agnitsch, along with other Country Store employees and friends, will be part of the "Life Savers" team walking at the park during the Relay for Life, and you can pledge money to support the team at the store.
Support the Relay for Life by participating in any or all of the fund-raisers organized by the Life Savers.