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RELAY FOR LIFE Restaurants pitching in to fight cancer

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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.

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  1. Truth B Known says:

    How can people read a story like this,and say there is No HELP fo Albany?Its out there with kind hearts and Souls like these.When i first heard the words” You have breast Cancer” i am not going to lie,i felt sorry for myself.I did nt want to die.I cried for a week.But then i met mt Cancer Doctor,Dr Jani.I will tell you now,if anyone has anything bad to say about this or his staff.They really need to come find me.
    My point is with people like this in Albany,it will be better.You know i got to thinking,and for me that can be dangerous,lol.But i think every time someting good is said about dowtown,someone has to go try and start something down there to show us all that it is not our town.Now i have not recived anything from this in no way.But i am asking all,to do what you can.I know times are hard.But one thing is harder,hearing those words that made me cry that day.God Bless You All and Good Luck.

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