Circle of Friends Relay for Life team raises funds through community tag sale
By Annie Gentile - ReminderNews
Willington - posted Tue., May. 7, 2013
When it comes to raising funds for cancer research, the Circle of Friends has a great track record - and a big part of their success is having a supportive community.
As a team in the Relay for Life movement, the Circle of Friends sets a fundraising goal holding a variety of fundraisers year round to meet that goal. Their efforts culminate in an annual Relay for Life event at Tolland High School, where the Circle of Friends join 22 other teams with members of each team taking turns walking or running laps on the high school track in an overnight fundraising walk. This year’s Tolland County Relay for Life event will be held Friday, June 7, starting at 4 p.m.
On Saturday, May 4, the Circle of Friends held another fundraiser toward their goal - this time a community tag sale event, in the parking lot at the Willington town offices. Community members who wanted to clean out their garages, make a few dollars in the process, and help out a good cause were invited to rent a space in the lot. The Circle of Friends combined the tag sale event with a plant and baked goods sale.
“Our team is made up of town employees and their friends, about 20 people in all including a few junior members,” said Circle of Friends member Carol Noyes. Noyes said each of their members is responsible for organizing a fundraising event, and she was elected to oversee the tag sale. “We used to have people hold the tag sales at their individual homes, and we’d provide a map, but we found this to be a lot easier,” she said.
Circle of Friends members have joined the team for a variety of reasons. “I’ve been very fortunate never to have had [cancer] in my family, but then I went to a Relay to Life event and found it so touching, so moving,” said team member Nicole Lintereur. “I’m a part of Circle of Friends because I’ve seen first-hand that it’s such a wonderful cause.”
“I’m part of Circle of Friends because I’m a cancer survivor,” said Carol Larson. “I’ve
also lost a lot of friends to the disease.”
Team member Tara Bergeron said that besides the tag sale, the Circle of Friends also holds a very popular annual Chili Fest, this year in late March at St. Philips Church. The team also sponsors two casino trips and a Zumba instruction fundraiser.
The team-component of the Relay for Life movement creates a little friendly competition, and Circle of Friends takes pride in the fact that their small group is a top fundraiser. “We like the idea that we beat the Tolland team in fundraising efforts,” said Bergeron. “But it’s all in good fun. We’re all raising money to find a cure.”