Ready, set . . . thunderstorm, deluge, tornado warning, lightening sirens, lopsided tents, soggy grounds, wet roll-away beds, shredding signs and luminaria, drenched volunteers . . . It turned out that Mother Nature had alternate plans for the long-anticipated American Cancer Society Relay for Life, Sunny Isles Beach, Golden Beach and Aventura scheduled for April 20 and 21 in Heritage Park. All the hard work, long days and nights, meetings, anxiety, and anticipation, poof! In the wake of the thunderstorm, the decision was made to cancel the event in the interest of safety due to the atmospheric instability and gloomy weather forecast for the weekend.
All was not lost though. The Relay itself is actually the climax to months of preparation and on-going fundraising. Led by Event Chair Gale Goldstein Tucker, the Relay Committee including the teams and volunteers raised about $36,000! From that $36,000, the Relay for Life Committee is permitted by the American Cancer Society to spend 10% to cover expenses, however, the Committee used less.
Also, as the show must go on, while waiting out the thunderstorm in the refuge of the Heritage Park Garage, those in attendance were entertained by the talented students from the Alonzo and Tracy Mourning Senior High Biscayne Bay Campus band and dancers.
At the end of the day, priceless friendships were forged and bonds were made. Endless thanks must be given to all of those who donated their time, money, in-kind donations, food, silent auction items, and everything else. A plan is in the works for making the silent auction items available for bidding, and it is not too late to make a donation in honor of a loved one lost to or a survivor of cancer. If you would like to make a donation or want more information, please contact Event Chair, Gale Goldstein Tucker at 954.558.6711, firstname.lastname@example.org or Arleen Uria-Speed of the American Cancer Society at Arleen.UriaSpeed@Cancer.org.