Relay was hot but successful


‘Holidays of Hope’ brings out supporters

By Paula Frew



Karli Hiler, left, comforts her grandmother Kaye Bodenmiller during the Luminaria Ceremony Friday night at the 2016 Shelby County Relay For Life. Karli is the 11-year-old daughter of Mike and Mind Bodenmiller.


Jason Alig | Sidney Daily News

Ms. Tina of Ruffle and Friends creates balloon animals for the kids at the Shelby County Relay For Life.


Jason Alig | Sidney Daily News

Members of the Anna Fire Department help display the items for the Baked Goods Auction.


Jason Alig | Sidney Daily News

Christine McKenzie hands out candy from the Airstream booth during the 8pm Trick-or-Treat event.


Jason Alig | Sidney Daily News

A “Star Wars character walks a lap at the 2016 Shelby County Relay for Life.


Jason Alig | Sidney Daily News

Lida Hague, age 2 is more interested in dancing to the music rather than walking laps at the Relay For Life. Lida is the daughter of William and Robin Hague of Sidney.


Jason Alig | Sidney Daily News

Joann Scott, director of Wilson Health Home Care and Hospice pulls one of the winning tickets for a prize basket in the Wilson Health tent.


Jason Alig | Sidney Daily News

Relay For Life participants take a break from walking and enjoy the 10:30 Bingo Event.


Jason Alig | Sidney Daily News

Midnight was celebrated with a New Year’s Eve ball drop and party.


Jason Alig | Sidney Daily News

Santa Claus performs in the 1 a.m. Lip Sync Event to Ballroom Blitz.


Jason Alig | Sidney Daily News

Haily Shilt, of Tipp City, crosses the finish line for the Fight Back 5K Saturday morning.


Jason Alig | Sidney Daily News

Deb Kaufman prepares pancakes for breakfast Saturday morning.


Jason Alig | Sidney Daily News

The sun begins to break through the darkness as the luminaries still shine Saturday morning at the 2016 Shelby County Relay For Life.


Jason Alig | Sidney Daily News

Dakota Francis, left, and Kaylen Sarver, right, take first place in the Road To Recovery Race at the 10 a.m. event Saturday Morning at the 2016 Shelby County Relay For Life. They had to make their cardboard car and race through a course with challenges against other teams.


Jason Alig | Sidney Daily News

Eli Lightle takes part in the Small Fry Tri event 9:30 a.m. Saturday morning at the 2016 Shelby County Relay For Life.


Jason Alig | Sidney Daily News

Relay For Life Walker Marge Cantrell lights up the track with her purple heart streaking through the early morning.


Jason Alig | Sidney Daily News

SIDNEY — The Shelby County Fairgrounds was filled with hope — “Holidays of Hope” — as participants walked for a cure Friday and Saturday during the annual Relay for Life. Although the day was hot and humid, approximately 400 people participated in the overnight event.

The Relay for Life is held annually to help raise money for the American Cancer Society. The 45 Shelby County teams joined in to help make the holiday themed event a success. This year’s theme was “Holidays of Hope.”

The teams held fundraisers throughout the year and continued to raise funds at the relay. One way they did this was through the auctions held Friday evening and Saturday morning. The teams donated the items to be auctioned off and they raised additional funds for the cause.

Another way teams continued raising money was through foods sold at their sites. Foods ranged from cookies to chicken dinners. Altogether the funds raised were in excess of $68,000.

Friday night at 9 p.m. the somber Luminaria Ceremony took place.

“It is a beautiful ceremony where all of the Luminaria purchased in memory of those who died from cancer or are still fighting cancer or have survived cancer are lit all around the track. You should really see it,” said Bob Schroerlucke, one of the co-leads for the Shelby County walk.

Schroerlucke, along with his wife, Annette, have led the Shelby County walk for the past two years and have been involved for several years as part of a team.

The mood changed at 10 p.m. with the Miss-ter and Miss relay. The contest was held on the track and featured men and women dressed as the opposite sex running a relay.

“The teams are required to have at least one person on the track at all times throughout the relay,” explained Schroerlucke.

This was accomplished even through the night. Different holidays were celebrated during the event, in keeping with the theme. Trick or treating from site to site was a big hit, as was the Easter egg hunt.

The leads tried to make sure there were events for everyone. This included the Small Fry Tri, a race for different age groups of children on the track to line dancing and a lip synching contest on the entertainment stage.

There was even a race called the Fight Back 5k. In first place in the male category was Jimmy Smith, 31, of Bradford. First place in the women’s division was Margaret Cantrell, 53.

Planning has already begun for next year’s relay. If you would like to be a part of a team for this next year, call 937-492-2191. Leave a message if there is no answer.

“This event is just the big event each year. Some of the teams work at fundraising all year long. We get a lot of community support. We have a strong local community. From corporations to regular people, there’s a lot of support,” said Schroerlucke.

Karli Hiler, left, comforts her grandmother Kaye Bodenmiller during the Luminaria Ceremony Friday night at the 2016 Shelby County Relay For Life. Karli is the 11-year-old daughter of Mike and Mind Bodenmiller.
http://sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/web1_Hiler.jpgKarli Hiler, left, comforts her grandmother Kaye Bodenmiller during the Luminaria Ceremony Friday night at the 2016 Shelby County Relay For Life. Karli is the 11-year-old daughter of Mike and Mind Bodenmiller. Jason Alig | Sidney Daily News

Ms. Tina of Ruffle and Friends creates balloon animals for the kids at the Shelby County Relay For Life.
http://sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/web1_AIS_7397.jpgMs. Tina of Ruffle and Friends creates balloon animals for the kids at the Shelby County Relay For Life. Jason Alig | Sidney Daily News

Members of the Anna Fire Department help display the items for the Baked Goods Auction.
http://sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/web1_AIS_7441.jpgMembers of the Anna Fire Department help display the items for the Baked Goods Auction. Jason Alig | Sidney Daily News

Christine McKenzie hands out candy from the Airstream booth during the 8pm Trick-or-Treat event.
http://sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/web1_AIS_7448.jpgChristine McKenzie hands out candy from the Airstream booth during the 8pm Trick-or-Treat event. Jason Alig | Sidney Daily News

A “Star Wars character walks a lap at the 2016 Shelby County Relay for Life.
http://sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/web1_AIS_7450.jpgA “Star Wars character walks a lap at the 2016 Shelby County Relay for Life. Jason Alig | Sidney Daily News

Lida Hague, age 2 is more interested in dancing to the music rather than walking laps at the Relay For Life. Lida is the daughter of William and Robin Hague of Sidney.
http://sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/web1_AIS_7456.jpgLida Hague, age 2 is more interested in dancing to the music rather than walking laps at the Relay For Life. Lida is the daughter of William and Robin Hague of Sidney. Jason Alig | Sidney Daily News

Joann Scott, director of Wilson Health Home Care and Hospice pulls one of the winning tickets for a prize basket in the Wilson Health tent.
http://sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/web1_AIS_7567.jpgJoann Scott, director of Wilson Health Home Care and Hospice pulls one of the winning tickets for a prize basket in the Wilson Health tent. Jason Alig | Sidney Daily News

Relay For Life participants take a break from walking and enjoy the 10:30 Bingo Event.
http://sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/web1_AIS_7569.jpgRelay For Life participants take a break from walking and enjoy the 10:30 Bingo Event. Jason Alig | Sidney Daily News

Midnight was celebrated with a New Year’s Eve ball drop and party.
http://sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/web1_AIS_7587.jpgMidnight was celebrated with a New Year’s Eve ball drop and party. Jason Alig | Sidney Daily News

Santa Claus performs in the 1 a.m. Lip Sync Event to Ballroom Blitz.
http://sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/web1_AIS_7637.jpgSanta Claus performs in the 1 a.m. Lip Sync Event to Ballroom Blitz. Jason Alig | Sidney Daily News

Haily Shilt, of Tipp City, crosses the finish line for the Fight Back 5K Saturday morning.
http://sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/web1_AIS_7699.jpgHaily Shilt, of Tipp City, crosses the finish line for the Fight Back 5K Saturday morning. Jason Alig | Sidney Daily News

Deb Kaufman prepares pancakes for breakfast Saturday morning.
http://sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/web1_AIS_7691.jpgDeb Kaufman prepares pancakes for breakfast Saturday morning. Jason Alig | Sidney Daily News

The sun begins to break through the darkness as the luminaries still shine Saturday morning at the 2016 Shelby County Relay For Life.
http://sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/web1_AIS_7686.jpgThe sun begins to break through the darkness as the luminaries still shine Saturday morning at the 2016 Shelby County Relay For Life. Jason Alig | Sidney Daily News

Dakota Francis, left, and Kaylen Sarver, right, take first place in the Road To Recovery Race at the 10 a.m. event Saturday Morning at the 2016 Shelby County Relay For Life. They had to make their cardboard car and race through a course with challenges against other teams.
http://sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/web1_AIS_7776.jpgDakota Francis, left, and Kaylen Sarver, right, take first place in the Road To Recovery Race at the 10 a.m. event Saturday Morning at the 2016 Shelby County Relay For Life. They had to make their cardboard car and race through a course with challenges against other teams. Jason Alig | Sidney Daily News

Eli Lightle takes part in the Small Fry Tri event 9:30 a.m. Saturday morning at the 2016 Shelby County Relay For Life.
http://sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/web1_AIS_7738a.jpgEli Lightle takes part in the Small Fry Tri event 9:30 a.m. Saturday morning at the 2016 Shelby County Relay For Life. Jason Alig | Sidney Daily News

Relay For Life Walker Marge Cantrell lights up the track with her purple heart streaking through the early morning.
http://sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/web1_AIS_7680a-1-.jpgRelay For Life Walker Marge Cantrell lights up the track with her purple heart streaking through the early morning. Jason Alig | Sidney Daily News
‘Holidays of Hope’ brings out supporters

By Paula Frew

The writer is a regular contributor to the Sidney Daily News.

The writer is a regular contributor to the Sidney Daily News.

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