The Saron Lutheran Team, under the leadership of team captain Delores Grabow, will be back for another year at Relay For Life in Escalon.
“We have done it every year since it started,” said Grabow, noting that most of the team members come from the church congregation, with a few family members and friends also joining in.
At the June 25-26 Relay hosted at Escalon High School, the Saron Lutheran team will have Sweden as its chosen country, with this year’s theme focusing on the Olympics.
To that end, they will be serving up meatballs at dinner time on Saturday, June 25 as part of their onsite fundraising. They also will have a variety of prizes available in opportunity drawings.
“We will have a bicycle again, we have been doing that for a number of years,” said Grabow.
Like most teams, they also do pre-event fundraising and their next event is coming up on Friday, May 13.
It will be a fun evening of food and games, starting with a baked potato bar at the church on North Street at 6 p.m., followed by Bunco with refreshments and prizes. Cost to attend is $20, which includes the food and games. Cash prizes are awarded for Bunco winners and there will also be raffle drawings during the evening.
“We also co-hosted the tri tip dinner drive through,” Grabow said, working that event in cooperation with the Nuts For Life team.
Along with raising money to battle cancer, Grabow said the 24-hour Relay For Life event is a fun way to connect with the community.
“I enjoy the company of the other teammates, just spending the day out there, seeing everybody,” Grabow said.
Currently, there are 17 team members for the church and Grabow said they share the duties of walking the track for the full 24 hours, often taking just a half-hour at a time so they can also enjoy the other activities going on throughout the day.
All in the community are invited to the May 13 Bunco-Potato Bar fundraiser for the team and everyone is also encouraged to stop by the Relay For Life itself. You do not have to be on a team to come and spend the day, support the teams by patronizing their booths and learning how to help in the fight against cancer.
Escalon’s Relay is close to the $15,000 mark in fundraising so far, with 13 teams and over 125 participants.
Next week, look for a preview of another team in this year’s event.