Relay For Life to be June 3 and 4 at Leavenworth’s Warren Middle School
At its Feb. 16 meeting, the organizing committee for the annual Leavenworth County American Cancer Society Relay For Life decided to hold the 2011 Relay , which will be June 3 and 4, at Leavenworth’s Warren Middle School, 3501 New Lawrence Rd.
According to committee co-chair Jennifer Gum, several alternative sites were considered. Since the first Relay in 1993, the Relay has taken place at Abeles Field. However, the change in ownership and loss of already limited parking prompted the committee to pursue other sites. According to Gum, the new Leavenworth High School football complex and the Warren Middle School football stadium were the two finalists. However, the Warren site offered more flexibility for team tents and decorations, as well as refreshments that could be consumed on site. USD 453 offered the use of the school cafeterias at both sites for the cancer survivor/caregiver dinner, which traditionally kicks off the annual Relay. This was a decisive planning element as these air-conditioned facilities are a major improvement from previous years where the survivors had to eat in an open-air tent. During its meeting, the committee also decided to honor two local residents who recently lost their battles with cancer. The first is the late Steven D. Clark, Leavenworth native and recently retired Battalion Chief from the Leavenworth Fire Department. The second is the late Marguerite B. Strange, former Mayor and previous chairperson of the local Cancer Relay. Both individuals will be honored in a special ceremony on the night of the Relay. Finally, the committee set 2011 goals of raising $100,000 and having at least 60 teams participating. Anyone interested in becoming part of this event can contact Dave Davis, Team Development Coordinator, at (913) 651-3817.