By Kevin Hogencamp
In an era in which charitable giving has all but washed up, particularly in poverty-stricken communities like Albany, Tammy Howell is marveling at the success of this year’s Relay for Life fund-raiser in Dougherty and Lee counties.
“It’s enough to make you cry,” said Howell, who along with Adrienne Wilson are co-chairing the local Relay, which will be held April 16-17 at Darton College. “In a community where you can look around and see so many negatives, so many positives are happening.”
Such is the case for the 2011 Relay, which raises money for local services provided by the American Cancer Society.
A money-raising niche that is prevailing this year is with Restaurant Night – in which local eateries donate proceeds from their sales. Relay for Life volunteer teams promote the Restaurant Nights and include the amounts raised in their fund-raising totals. One team, “Flock of Gulls,” has raised more than $14,000 through Restaurant Nights and other fund-raisers.
On Thursday, beginning at 5 p.m. and continuing until they close, Moe’s Southwest Grille and Maggie Moo’s Ice Cream will host this year Restaurant Night finales.
“Mac (Hare of Moe’s) and Lew (Culpepper of Maggie Moo’s) have been so gracious,” Howell said. “They already participated (in Restaurant Night) and wanted to host the finale. It’s a good community event. All of our restaurants have been so supportive and so has the community. You see the same folks at each of the restaurants. It’s so nice to see how much our community cares. It makes you feel really good.”
Other restaurants that have participated in the pre-Relay for Life events are Loco’s, Firehouse Subs, TCBY, Café 230, Austin’s BBQ, Carter’s Fried Chicken, Mellow Mushroom and each of the Wendy’s, which donates proceeds from its sale each Tuesday until the Relay.
Meanwhile Lil’ Caesars is donating a large pepperoni or cheese pizza for donations of $25 or more.
If your church, office, school or civic organization would like to participate in Relay for Life, it’s not too late. Call the American Cancer Society at 446-1073.