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Relay for Life Seeks Community Support To Host Event

Last year’s CP event raised more than $76K for cancer research

The final numbers are in – the most recent Relay for Life of Carle Place raised more than $76,000, which topped the previous two years’ fundraising totals. In addition, organizers incurred the least amount of event costs thanks to the extra hard work of getting donations for the stage, lighting, food and entertainment. “The event was an overall success. We had new entertainment including the extremely talented Jacks Over Aces student band and The Dancin’ Place’s Zumba performance. Student participation and involvement was high, thanks to the successful ambition of Carle Place High School students, Rachael Martines and Todd Offermann,” said event chair Jenna-Lyn Zaino.

A special thank you goes out to Michelle Maugeri from the American Cancer Society, all of the committee members, team captains and community members who came out for this amazing event and helped raised money for cancer research. The event would not be possible without the community all as well as each vendor who donated various items and hours of help to make the event successful. Please show your support for these local businesses who helped make the event possible: Piccolo Ristorante, Café Formaggio, Papa Razzi, Greek Town Restaurant, Village Delicatessen, Raceway Delicatessen, Cardinali Bakery, McDonald’s, Los Tacos, Hicks Nursery, Party City, San Giorgio Florist and Garden Shop, Starbucks, Bimbo Bakeries, Island Jumps Amusement Rentals, 5 Star, Inc., Western Beef and Dunkin’ Donuts.

“Future Relay for Life events in Carle Place rely on our community members. We need new people and new ideas. In order to decide if and when another Relay for Life will happen, we need you. These events are not successful without a crew of dedicated, motivated, hardworking CP frogs! It takes time and help and we were lacking a lot of that this year, which puts our next Relay on hold,” said Zaino.

Involvement opportunities are countless:

-planning activities and entertainment that take place at the event;

-recruiting entertainment;

-getting donations for raffles;

-brainstorming ideas to make the event more successful;

-selling luminaries;

-hanging purple ribbons;

-putting up signs;

-organizing the survivor reception;

-going to public meetings, church or schools to explain what RFL is and how people can become involved;

-making flyers to email out;

-help people with the online website;

-writing articles for the newspaper and

-working with the schools to become more involved.

These tasks and more are what are involved in hosting a Relay for Life. To make the event continue to grow and become more successful, RFL needs community members who are willing to help. Email or call Jenna-Lyn Zaino at 997-7855 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it if you would like to talk more about what it means to become more active, a committee member, or even a chair.