C.A.R.E.S. holds annual brick tribute
From staff reports
Evans County Cancer Association Relief Effort and Support (C.A.R.E.S.) held their annual brick and plaque tribute Sunday afternoon at the Courthouse Annex.
C.A.R.E.S. President Bill Callaway set the fundraising goal for 2015 at $100,000 during the tribute service. “I believe it is appropriate to commemorate the 100th birthday of Evans County by setting the goal of Evans County C.A.R.E.S. for 2015 at $100,000,” he said. “I know that with the support, dedication and work of everyone we can do this.”
This year’s tribute was dedicated to Lalah Kennedy, a breast cancer survivor and active C.A.R.E.S. volunteer. Kennedy was the first chairperson for Relay for Life and when C.A.R.E.S. was formed in 2006, she became one of the organizing members. Kennedy currently serves as the chaplain for C.A.R.E.S. and is on the executive committee.
Callaway welcomed the attendees and read the tribute names with the help of Andrea Sapp. Rev. Robert Edwards gave the invocation and benediction while Brian and Becky Litch performed special music for the program. Rev. Rory Naeve was the keynote speaker for the annual event.
Approximately 70 brick donations were made in honor or in memory of friends and family members who suffered from cancer while 18 memorial plaques were noted during the ceremony.
Since its inception in 2006, C.A.R.E.S. has raised over $775,000 through a variety of fundraisers and activities, giving $447,000 to cancer research and providing financial assistance for 308 local cancer patients.