Glenwood: Relay for Life raised $82,000 in fight against cancer

The 2012 Western Howard County Relay for Life is now just a memory for many, but it proved to be another successful event. Friday, June 8, was a bit warm, but it was just right to raise money for the American Cancer Society.

Twenty-one teams composed of 339 participants came together to raise $82,040 in the fight against cancer.

The top three team fundraisers were Team Second Chance ($12,581), Lisbon United Methodist Church ($8,274) and the Flanders ($8,158).

The top individual fundraisers were Mary Anne Fiorita ($8,050), Karl Warner ($3,160) and Sam Forman ($3,140).

Relay for Life appreciates the support of the residents in the Western Howard County community. In case you missed your chance to make a donation towards this cause, fundraising will continue through Aug. 31.

To make a donation, go to

At the end of each school year, the Glenwood Lions Club holds a picnic dinner to recognize the Leo Clubs from the various local schools.

This year, members of the Bushy Park Elementary School Leo Club were unable to attend the picnic dinner, so instead they had an ice cream party at Bushy Park during their final Leo Club meeting of the school year.

The event turned out to be a fun afternoon for all in attendance. Glenwood Lions Club members who assisted with the event included President Betty Frey, Peter Adams, Barbara Hughes, Patty Aleshire and Harrison Morson.

Patty has been the liaison between the Glenwood Lions and Bushy Park Leo's this year, working closely with Leo Club adviser Angela "Angie" Cole and assistant adviser Debbie Carroll.

Angie Cole, who is also an honorary Glenwood Lions Club member, has announced that she will be stepping down from her advisory role at the end of this school year due to increasing personal responsibilities at home.

President Betty Frey presented Angie with a plaque acknowledging the club's appreciation for her dedication and enthusiasm to her leadership/mentorship role over the past three years.

President Frey also expressed gratitude to school principal Deborah Jagoda for her support of the partnership in this community service venture. About 40 Bushy Park students participated in the Leo Club this past school year.

While community service was at the forefront of many of their activities, they also managed to have a fun time. The ice cream party was proof of that. In addition to ice cream, pizza was also served. Several of the Leo Club boys concocted (and enjoyed) pizza sundaes for dining indulgence.

I recently heard from Tara Datz, who is organizing a community event to raise money for Gentle Giants Draft Horse Rescue and Days End Farm Horse Rescue.

The event will take place on June 30 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Lisbon Park front of Lisbon Elementary School. Tara is currently looking for event exhibitors, who may set up as early as 7 a.m.

Anyone is welcome to join, either as a business, group, or for personal reasons, and set up a booth with family friendly information or personal items to sell or bring large items for the auction.

Everyone that joins will be given a reasonable amount of space to set up, with space offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Participation in the event is free, however it is requested that 10 percent of any profits be donated toward the nonprofits named in the fundraiser.

If you are unable to attend, but would like to help support the event, consider donating an item for the silent auction, or making a monetary donation to one of these horse organizations.

For additional information, or to reserve an exhibit space, please contact Cathy Datz at

Glenelg High School is looking for adult volunteers to assist in the school office during the summer to answer phones and assist visitors, Mondays and Fridays from June 8 through Aug. 24.

Hours are flexible between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. If you are interested in helping out, contact Michele Nethken at 410-313-5528.

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