Von Drehle gets on board Relay for Life train

 

By Kevin Spradlin
PeeDeePost.com

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CORDOVA — Betty McIntyre figures when the Von Drehle Corporation gets involved, it might as well be done right.

So when setting a fundraising goal for this year’s Relay for Life — the company’s first time participating in the event — it was decided a modest goal of $300 would be most appropriate.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com James Slaugher serves as grillmaster on Wednesday at Von Drehele Corporation in Cordova. Proceeds from the lunchtime sale were donated to Relay for Life.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com
James Slaugher serves as grillmaster on Wednesday at Von Drehele Corporation in Cordova. Proceeds from the lunchtime sale were donated to Relay for Life.

“We’re already exceeded that, of course,” McIntyre said at lunchtime Wednesday at the Cordova plant.

Of course. That’s because while five employees are officially on the Von Drehle team — McIntyre, Judy Ayer, Christy Leviner, Penny Wallace and Kim Patrick — the company’s entire workforce is supporting the effort to raise awareness of the impact cancer has on nearly every single life.

On March 12, there were 19 teams registered encompassing 71 participants. So far, $421 has been raised. Top teams include West Rockingham Elementary School, Big K Propane and Second Baptist Church Day School.

Some six weeks later, 250 people on 33 teams have raised $22,714 — nearly 25 percent of the $100,000 goal set by Cameron Whitley, the full-time community manager for the Richmond County chapter of the American Cancer Society, and her volunteer committee members. Top teams include Sandhills Regional Medical Center, the Quick family, Cascades Richmond Senior High School and the city of Rockingham.

Richmond County Hospice’s team is sixth, followed by West Rockingham Elementary School., Dieffenbach GM Superstore, Christie’s Angels and Murphy’s Chiropractic and Wellness round out the top 10 through 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com

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McIntyre and the Von Drehle workers, ranked 12th among 33 teams, are doing their part in a first-year effort. On Wednesday, a hot dog lunch did the trick. The hot dogs, chips and drinks were donated by Von Drehle, while Pat’s Kitchen donated the cole slaw. Patrick made the chili. The donations allowed each worker’s $3 lunch to go directly to Relay for Life.

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A Survivor’s Breakfast is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 2 at Mount Olive Baptist Church in Rockingham.

In addition, Bank Night is set from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 5 at Sandhills Regional Medical Center. Bank Night is when team captains can turn in funds raised, pick up event shirt sand turn in all luminaria.

This year’s Relay for Life is set for May 8 and will again run from 6 p.m. to midnight at Cole Auditorium on the campus of Richmond Community College.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com The Von Drehle Corporation workforce is not yet finished raising funds for this year's Relay for Life. Other fundraisers include a 50-50 raffle and a Hope board, among other things.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com
The Von Drehle Corporation workforce is not yet finished raising funds for this year’s Relay for Life. Other fundraisers include a 50-50 raffle and a Hope board, among other things.

The event will once again be co-chaired by Kim Puckett and Pam Davis. Along with Puckett and Davis, members of the volunteer steering committee include Sherri Alfeo, Charles Wheeler, Ann Wheeler, Cherri Adamson, Ron Mayo, Karen Greene, Linda Lovin, Chad Gross, Alicia Riley, Jamie Brooks, Shannon Pankey and Rene Anderson.

 

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