Relay For Life – A Community Of One

Posted on June 16, 2011 by  
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Over the past eight years, the residents of Los Altos have come together as a community of one.  One Purpose.  One Goal.  One Weekend.

Once again, we will be gathering for 24 hours.  We will be honoring cancer survivors, and remembering those who have passed.  Relay for Life  is a community event that brings us together.  Recently, the Town Crier wrote a article about this year’s event. Enjoy …

The eighth annual Los Altos-Los Altos Hills Relay For Life, is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday to 10 a.m. Sunday at Egan Junior High School, 100 W. Portola Ave.

The Los Altos Relay has generated $2.3 million for the American Cancer Society since its 2004 inception, including last year’s contribution of approximately $200,000, Skitt said. Administrative costs are estimated at 8-9 percent, and there’s only one paid employee for every 600 volunteers, he added.

Although it’s been difficult to get sponsors, tough economic times have not quelled the philanthropic spirit of the Los Altos and Los Altos Hills community, according to Alan Russell and Jan Masters, Relay’s sponsorship co-chairpersons.

Focusing more on youth outreach this year, the organizers approached area community colleges and schools, Russell said. Foothill College and several elementary schools have registered teams.

The event is free, and community members can attend of whether or not they want to fundraise. Participants may sign up in advance and solicit pledges or register on Saturday at the start of the Relay. Russell said there would be opportunities to contribute at the event, such as purchasing food or lap beads.

The 24-hour event is likely to draw nearly 400 participants, including more than 200 survivors.

With an overarching “Follow the Purple Brick Road to Life” theme, attendees can enjoy a mix of entertainment, including music from keyboardist Dirk Damonte and Jenn Grinels and selections from the “Wizard of Oz”; games and activities for children of all ages.

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