Relay For Life Thanks Sponsors, Participants

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Editor:

The 2009 Relay for Life Committee would like to thank all of our sponsors, participants and the members of the community who helped make this year’s American Cancer Society fund-raising event such a success in these difficult times.

The event, which took place at the high school track over the night of June 5 and 6, raised in excess of $42,000 toward cancer research and patient services such as wig programs, transportation and accommodation assistance for family members close to hospitals.

This year’s event could not have been successful without our sponsors who donated so much to the cause: High Desert Dentistry, Hospice Compassus, Mazatzal Hotel & Casino, Walmart, Bison Homes, Payson Dermatology, Preferred Women’s Care, Alpine Urology, Desert Schools Credit Union, Edward Jones/Ross Hage, Garn and Mason Orthodontics, Kiwanis Club, Optimist Club, Payson Dental Care, Payson High School/STUGO, Payson Paint & Supply, Pizza Factory, Rim Guidance, Sterling Health Care, High Country Upholstery, Sunstate Equipment Rentals, Payson Concrete, Payson Roundup, Printing by George, Waste Matters, KCMA, KMOG and KRIM.

Unfortunately, the name of Hospice Compassus was omitted from the sponsor list on the event shirts, for that we apologize.

Of course, not much would have happened without the teams under their captains who walked through the night and raised funds through a variety of activities both before and during the event. We heartily thank them.

We give thanks to the Payson Military Honor Guard for performing the flag ceremony at the opening, their presence was much appreciated by all who were there, also Fr. Dan Tantimonaco for his eloquent and inspiring invocation.

Others who made things work smoothly included the Rim Country chamber of commerce for the loan of equipment; the Payson Fire Department with its advice and loan of fire extinguishers; the Payson Police Department for its very low key, but valuable, presence; the town building department for the loan of traffic cones; APS for providing trash containers and liners and Majestic Rim for the use of its facility for our organizational meetings. Last, but not least, the PUSD maintenance department for its considerable assistance, tolerance and good humor working with us on the use of the high school facility.

This community so frequently comes together to help others in need, and this event was yet another example of what is so good about Payson and the surrounding area.

Alan (Dusty) Miller,

2010 Relay for Life event chairman

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