The American Cancer Society Relay For Life in Pensacola was held at the Washington High School Football Stadium and is the world’s largest and most impactful fundraising event to end cancer. It unites communities and local organizations around the world to recognize those who have battled cancer and won, remember family members who have lost the battle, and mobilize broad-based community support to win the battle.
Pensacola was no different! The sponsors included: Sacred Heart Cancer Center (Gold Sponsor and a Corporate Team) which raised $16,639, Navy Federal Credit Union (Bronze Sponsor and Corporate Team) which raised $15,873, Woodlands Medical Specialists, Allen Turner-Hyandi Dealership, Gulf Coast Community Bank, Morette Construction Company, and many local media sponsors.
You may wonder what is the Relay for Life. The American Cancer Society website describes it as:
- Organized, overnight community fundraising walk
- Teams of people camp out around a track
- Members of each team take turns walking around the track
- Food, games and activities provide entertainment and build camaraderie
- Family-friendly environment for the entire community
The site adds this comment, “Because it’s a team event, individual participants are not required to be there the entire time. But it’s so much fun, you’ll find it hard to leave”!
Stephanie Davis Keeton, a strategic leader in the promoting and managing event, stated when asked what message she would like to send the Pensacola Voice readers, she stated, “We need more volunteers!’ Keeton is retired Navy and reiterated the need for increased community involvement during every part of her interview. One of her goals is to increase African American and minority community involvement. There is a Minority Involvement Committee (MIC) that is the focal point of that effort. Alpha Kappa Alpha, Delta Sigma Theta, Omega Psi Phi, Alpha Phi Alpha, and Bethel AME were some of the local African-American organizations participating this year.
She also provided the Voice with a fundraising update that was at $102,000 with a goal to be reached of $138,000. She stated that Pensacola is ranked in the top 25 of cities in the State of Florida against communities like Boca Raton, West Palm Beach, Tampa, and other metro areas. For more information on the ongoing programmatic initiatives of the American Cancer Society you can contact Shane Carter at (850) 475-0880.