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Dime bottles, raffle, and silent auction to benefit Relay for Life

May 7, 2011
Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald
TAMA NEWS-HERALD - The Relay for Life of Tama County, scheduled for June 10-11, offers several ways to give toward fighting cancer. Many businesses in Dysart, Traer, Gladbrook, Lincoln, and Garwin have “dime bottles” with the label inviting you to “Drop in Your Dimes.” Raffle tickets are being sold for three special items: a handmade quilt, a metal sculpture, and a hot air balloon ride. Many Tama County businesses and individuals are contributing to the American Cancer Society Relay for Life by donating items for the Silent Auction.

The Dime Bottles have begun to provide many dollars toward the goal of the American Cancer Society of research, education, advocacy, and service. Once the bottle is filled with dimes, about $100 is collected for the fight against cancer. Dysart has raised over $500 through this simple giving opportunity. Look for a bottle at the stores in your town. The label will read, “Drop in Your Dimes.” Help your favorite business win the “Battle of the Dime Bottles” by filling those bottles with your dimes.

Raffle tickets are available for three special items, with the winning tickets drawn at the Relay for Life on June 10. Winners do not need to be present to win. Contact any of the persons at the end of this article to purchase a raffle ticket. Luane Lorenzen of Traer has designed and pieced a quilt using past Relay for Life t-shirt designs. As a cancer survivor, she appreciates the work of the American Cancer Society and designed this quilt to recall the importance of the Relay for Life in fighting this disease. Deb Ewoldt, of the Blacksmith Boutique in Dysart, has created an original metal sculpture of a rose for the raffle. Her metal designs have won awards and are featured in many prominent venues. The final item available in the raffle is a hot-air balloon ride given by Pete Holden of Traer. He is well-known for his expertise in hot-air balloons and generously offers rides to others. The date for the ride will be scheduled with the raffle winner. Drawing for the winners will occur during the Relay at the South Tama High School track on June 10 and winners need not be present to win.

The Silent Auction is an annual part of the Relay for Life of Tama County. Many businesses and individuals generously donate items. There will be oil changes, pizza certificates, original handcrafted items, candles, theater tickets, wine baskets, and much more. Sport scarves for North Tama, Gladbrook/Reinbeck, and Union schools will be among the Silent Auction items. This auction runs from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. during the Relay.

The American Cancer Society is dedicated to fighting cancer through research, education, advocacy and services. All money raised at the Relay for Life of Tama County will benefit these efforts. If you are interested in learning more, contact one of these persons: Karen Symonds - Dysart 319-476-7762, Linda Goos - Gladbrook 641-473-2776 , Ashley Bolen - Tama-Toledo 641-484-7304, or Luane Lorenzen – Traer 319-231-0820. For online Relay registration go to

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