Mini Relay For Life

Published on: May 24, 2017

Mini Relay for Life in Sun City Center raises almost $6,000

Between 40 and 50 area residents participated in the Mini Relay for Life at Freedom Plaza May 20. The event raised $2,500 on site and $3,300 online for the American Cancer Society. The funds will be added to the $165,000 previously raised in South Shore’s two earlier relays in March.

Organizers were pleased with both turnout and results, especially since the event was the first in several years to be held in Sun City Center. They are already talking about moving the date back when the weather is cooler and the community’s snowbirds are still around.

This year’s attendees were treated to a car show, DJ, karaoke and golf cart-decorating contests, the chance to win raffle prizes from Bella Cucina, Freedom Fairways, Fiore’s Grill, Walmart and Bob Evans and more.

The relay was sponsored by the Retired Officers Corp. at Freedom Plaza.

Lois Kindle


Jerry and Eileen McGarvey, of Kings Point, left, Mary Rose, of Sun City Center, and Pat Patterson, of Kings Point, walk in the Mini Relay for Life at Freedom Plaza May 20. After a hiatus of several years, the event was brought back and sponsored this year by the Retired Officers Corp.

Charlotte Clark completes a customer’s order at the C&S Concessions booth during the Mini Relay for Life. Twenty-five percent of the proceeds were earmarked for the American Cancer Society, the beneficiary of the event.

Sandy Laska and Deborah Wilson, of Sun City Center, enjoy lunch in their patriotically decorated golf cart while waiting for the judging to begin. The mini relay was held on May 20, Armed Forces Day.

Al DiSalvio checks out the engine of a 1962 Ford T-Bird displayed with other classic cars at the 2017 Mini Relay for Life in Sun City Center. The car hit the streets the year before the Kings Point resident graduated from college.

The Patriots in Paradise team of Patty Brandt, left, Linda Merikanto, Helena and Kirk Warren and Pat Parmeter pose for a group photo at the May 20 Mini Relay for Life at Freedom Plaza. The group raised funds by walking in the event and selling baked goods and water to visitors and participants.