JONESVILLE — A church’s Relay For Life team that raised more than $600 through sales of chicken stew and baked goods and donations this past weekend will continue its fundraising efforts in March with a Sunday dinner.
The Mighty Wildcat Relay For Life Team of Jonesville Baptist Church held a chicken stew and bake sale in the church social hall Saturday morning. Like other Relay For Life teams in Union County and throughout America, the Mighty Wildcat is raising funds for Relay For Life, a community-based fundraising event of the American Cancer Society. The mission of Relay For Life is to raise funds for cancer research and treatment with the goal of improving the survival rates for cancer patients, reducing the incidence of cancer, and improving the quality of life for both cancer patients and their caretakers.
Mighty Wildcat Team Captain Selina Gregory said Saturday morning that the sale had gotten off to a good start with a number of quarts of chicken stew ordered in advance. Gregory said that the bake sale portion had gotten off to a really good start with many of the baked items bought before they could be put on display. In one case, Gregory said the team actually purchased one of the cakes from the person who made it.
“Most of the cakes got sold before they got here,” Gregory said Saturday. “We have one that Roy Hill made. We bought it as he walked in the door. He didn’t even get to put it on the table.”
By the time Gregory spoke those words a quarter of that cake had already been consumed by team members.
The chicken stew was also selling well with one customer coming in as Gregory was speaking and buying two quarts.
On Monday, Gregory said the sale which got off to a great start Saturday morning continued to do well bringing in more than $600 in sales and donations.
“We ended up selling 54 quarts,” Gregory said Monday afternoon. “With the bake sale and the chicken stew we ended up making $454. Plus, we had $200 in donations that day. That was a total of $654. We were extremely happy.”
Gregory thanked Walmart in for donating the chicken for the stew and The Cafe in Jonesville for donating the quart cups. She also thanked the members of the church who backed the cookies and cakes for the bake sale.
Gregory said that the team will continue its fundraising efforts in March with a Sunday dinner at the church. She said that the dinner, which will be held after the Morning Worship Service, will be held Sunday, March 26.
Like all the rest of the Relay For Life teams in Union County the Mighty Wildcat will continue its fundraising efforts right up to the conclusion of this year’s Relay For Life campaign on May 12.
The May 12 ceremony will be held at the Union County Fairgrounds and, as in year’s past, will feature a Survivor’s Lap for cancer survivors which will be the start of the laps by the participating teams; the luminaria ceremony which honors those who have survived their battles with cancer and commemorate those who lost theirs; and, of course, the closing ceremony in which participants pledge to continue the battle against cancer.
Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.