Relay for Life Raises Nearly $44,000

The weather cooperatied and many teams and observers turned out for Philipstown’s first Relay for Life. The day began with the walking and ended with the lighting of luminaria, paper bags filled with sand and a candle, with a message about a friend or family members who either survived or lost their cancer fight. Vinny Tamagna, chairman of Philisptown Relay for Life, said that as of 6 p.m., Saturday, June 4, the event had raised $44,000. “That’s phenomenal for a first-time event. And I think we’ll probably hit $50,000 — contributions continue to come in,”  he said.  
       Relay for Life is about acknowledging cancer in our lives — those of us that have faced it and survived and fear its return, those caught up in it today, those that have lost the fight, and those caregivers called friends and colleagues and families who don’t know what else to do or say when told by someone they interact with that it’s called cancer. It’s about Philipstown — and crosses every demographic line and artificial boundary that finances, politics, gender, age and school districts create, without discrimination.
Photos by M. Turton 


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4 thoughts on “Relay for Life Raises Nearly $44,000

  1. Thanks for this incredible event should go to Betty Budney and Sylvia Wallin. They worked tirelessly raising awareness in Philipstown for the Relay For Life.

  2. It was an overwhelmingly incredible day….the personal stories shared in a hug, grown boys and men who could shed a tear and not feel demasculated, strong women sharing a wounded spirit that is otherwise masked. Three colleagues sitting over coffee 8 months ago shared an idea, and yesterday it gave birth….

  3. Thanks to all who participated and supported the Houlihan Lawrence Agents, Friends and Family Team. So proud of the way Philipstown answered the call of the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. Looking forward to next year’s event.

  4. I am so happy that we raised this much money for our first ever Relay for Life here in our community. I can’t wait to go out next year for the 2012 Relay for Life and walk. It was truly a wonderful event and time out from our busy lives to raise awareness and fight for a cure.