Cancer Stops at SJHL

Jul 2, 2013

Co-Captains Kala and JanThe evening of June 7th, Swindoll, Janzen, Hawk & Loyd, LLC staff along with their families and friends celebrated life and fought for those affected by cancer. SJHL has had a Relay for Life team in McPherson County for over 10 years now, and this year they continued the tradition. Lead by team captains Kala Bruce and Jan Nolde, the team of 11 attained the Silver Team Fundraising Club Level and raised well over their goal of $3,500.

The SJHL Relay Team raised most of its money from SJHL staff through in-house fundraisers. They hosted a silent auction at their "After Busy Season Party" in April, brought in lunch for donations and continued the ever popular "Pay to Wear Jeans on Friday" the weeks leading up to Relay. The team also sold drinks during the All Schools Day parade in May. Individual team members also raised money through personal donations and luminary sales. This year our top fundraisers LaQuita Geis and Courtney Rierson tied and Vicki Courtney came in third. Other Relay Team members included Co-Captains Kala Bruce and Jan Nolde, Sarah Buehrle, Jackie Christiansen, Keith Janzen, Jenny Lang, Sue Regier and Jaymie Rothrock. Overall, SJHL's Relay Team raised enough to come in fifth out of 22 teams! Overall, Relay for Life of McPherson County raised $73,496.46 to help in the fight against cancer.

Cancer stops at SJHL!
SJHL's Relay Team set a fundraising goal of $3,500 for 2013. They nearly raised $4,000, with their grand total being $3,954.95! Team Co-Captain Kala Bruce said, "The fact that over a third of our firm is on the Relay Team shows just how much we support Relay for Life. Fundraising is so much easier when you are surrounded by people who believe in it. Even those that are not on the team love getting involved in our fundraising events. We have people here at SJHL that have not only been affected by cancer through a loved one, but have lived it and are survivors. We are a family here, and we support each other like family!"

The Relay for Life event lasted for 12 hours, it began at 6:00 p.m. Friday, June 7th and ended at 6:00 a.m. Saturday, June 8th. Teams walked through the night at Wall Park in McPherson and had the opportunity to participate in several different activities. Some of these activities included the Opening Ceremony, Survivors Lap, Luminaria Ceremony and the Closing Ceremony. Teams and businesses sponsored many other events throughout the night as well, the cake walk being a very popular one for the kids. Many teams sold refreshments, food or other items to continue fundraising. As a company, SJHL was a Gold level sponsor of the overall event. Relay for Life is a family friendly event that truly brings a community together! Visit our Facebook Page to see more pictures from the event. Be sure to "Like" our page to stay up to date on what we're doing at SJHL!

Thank you to everyone that helped us attain our goal. We will continue the fight against cancer with you!