Sunday, May 10, 2009


To all My Friends for LIFE,

We had one awesome year...we raised between $26,000-$27,000 AND the totals are still rolling in!! We shattered the $200,000.00 mark and next year we WILL break a quarter of a million dollars---our "little team that could"! That's absolutely amazing and I couldn't do it without each of you. We have until August 1st before the 2010 Relay kicks off but please be thinking about folks that may want to be on the team in 2010. We will be having a team kick off in September.

Mom-Thanks for all your help last week getting ready and for all your help on site. You should be an honorary committee member. Also Dumpy is a lifesaver-thanks for sharing!

Bev-Thank you-Thank you for getting the cd's, team water, change, and helping things run smooth on site.

Steph-Thank you for your leadership onsite and your decorating...Best Campsite 2009!! Awesome job!

Rob-I could not do ANY of this without your support-all my love, thank you!

Jen H & Angie-The tee shirts were fantastic and sold very well, thank you!

The Pizza krewe-Christie, Adam, Cliff, Lars, Andy, Jen H & Kevin- Awesome job feeding the masses!! People love the pizzas and you guys did a great job, thank you!

Rachel, Kayla, Michele, Piper & Jared-great job walking the track selling crowns and glow sticks. You guys ROCK! You also stayed all night and were helping pack up till the bitter end, thank you!

Licha-you got there so early and stayed till the end. We hope you enjoyed FFL and look forward to having you with us next year! Thank you!

Laura-Your crowns and clips were beautiful, they really helped make the site look pretty and they sold very well. Great idea, great job and Thank you!

Mom Homer-Thank you for hanging with the kids, your job was one of the toughest and I appreciated you helping them have a great Relay experiance!

Kelli-Great job at the rock wall, I didn't get to see you much but I hope you had a great Relay! Thanks for taking all three shifts off site! :)

Brandon-Thank you for sitting with me at the info booth and for running the poker tournament-an extra $1,000 for FFL-way to go!

John-Thanks for keeping the co-chair duties running smooth so I could divide my time between chair and team. It's been an honor working with you this year. I hope you stay on FFL next year! :)

To the Friends that came out to support us, thank you! I got to see a couple of you, if only for a moment. Some of you I completely missed and for that I apologize. Next year I won't have to be off site at all and that is a wonderful feeling! I missed that aspect of Relay so much these past few years and I am already looking forward to next year.

I appreciate each and every one of you being on the team or supporting our team. If I forgot anyone, my sincere apologies. I cannot thank you enough for letting me lead you as well as supporting me while I was the co-chair. It has been a long road but now I can go back to being just Tracey. I truly believe the work we are doing is saving lives everyday and I would have been selfish to not step up and be chair. But--I know for a fact that FFL would not have survived these past two years without the strong backbone of team members like all of you. I'm already looking forward to next year and I hope each one of you is planning to return to the team as well.

Even though the tone will be a LOT more relaxed next year, we will still have a goal of $18,000...I fully believe we can do that! If you have any ideas for fundraising, please let me know. I think the auction is going by the wayside, but there should be plenty of opportunities out there. We will have the Fall and Spring garage sale and a bowling tournament is in the works. There have been rumors of a poker tournament or a 5K walk/run...we will just have to wait and see.

Thank you everyone for being a part of the 2009 Relay for Life team. As you know, "We are friends with HOPE, we are friends making a difference, we are Friends for LIFE".