Relay for Life Silent Auction
8pm tonight at the Melting Pot.
Silent Auction for a good cause
The 8th Annual Hoboken Relay For Life is just under two weeks away, and months of planning and fundraising efforts are soon to culminate at Pier A in Hoboken on May 16th, 2009 at 11 a.m.
Relay is The American Cancer Society’s largest annual fundraiser, and aims to raise both money and awareness in the fight against cancer. A participant from each one of the 60 teams registered for this year’s Hoboken Relay is required to walk or run along Pier A at all times. An associated fundraiser, Spin for Life, will also be held on the 16th, in which participants will take part in one of 12 aerobic spin classes at the Club H gyms in Hoboken and Jersey City (6 classes at each location).
“It has been incredible to see the support we’ve received from the community so far. We’ve nearly doubled our participant numbers since last year and we have more teams than ever before! Our committee is inspired and dedicated and our teams are driven and creative. Relay really has given the community of Hoboken an opportunity to Celebrate, Remember, and Fight Back,” Diane Berry, Senior Director of Special Events for the American Cancer Society, said.
The 746 participants of the 2009 Hoboken Relay have already raised approximately $105,000, compared to last year’s $159,000 final tally. The $105,000 raised up to this point is a particularly powerful figure, as the preponderance of similar charities and not-for-profit foundations have seen steep declines in donations, a result of the current economic downturn. The fundraising success thus far can be largely attributed to the Hoboken Relay For Life Planning Committee, which is composed solely of area volunteers and has since October, 2008, organized a multitude of Hoboken-area events, ranging from a bachelor/bachelorette auction that took in over $7,000 and a hugely successful Kick-Off Social that registered scores of volunteers and team captains.
“Our teams – returning and new – are accomplishing great things with their fundraisers! The volunteer planning committee adds an extra layer to the success of Relay by hosting a variety of fundraising events. Each one gives us an opportunity to spread the word about Relay and engage more people in our mission to fight cancer,” added Berry.
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“While the Relay is fast approaching, fundraising continues to remain a priority. A “Fight Back Night” Silent Auction is slated for May 7th at the Melting Pot at 7 p.m. Tickets are $30 a person, which includes admission, complimentary appetizers and a cash bar. Even though this is a first shot effort at something of this magnitude for the planning committee, community support within Hoboken has been outstanding, and many local businesses have generously donated some outstanding items that will be up for auction.
“I’m amazed by the incredible generosity of the business community in support of the Fight Back Night Silent Auction. It’s going to be a great night out in Hoboken in support of a cause that personally touches so many people in our community,” Kate Dangremond, Planning Committee member and Auction organizer, said.
With 988 people dying from cancer in Hudson County alone in 2008, it is ever-apparent that the need for cancer prevention and early detection will only increase in necessity in the coming years, and events like Relay For Life will continue to take center stage in the fight against cancer.