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Greetings, Relay For Life of Oak Brook Area Corporate…

Thank you to everyone who made this year’s Relay great! It was a little chaotic at first due to the threat of weather, but thanks to amazing set up volunteers like Carolyn (who also helped the day before and kept me sane,) Shalonda (who also helped secure the food vendors and rallied her Doubletree Team to volunteer throughout the event) Melissa (along with her Avenging Angels,) Sue (Luminaria – along with the fantastic young ladies I grabbed off the track and who did a great job setting up “HOPE” on the hill) and Bridget (children’s activities) as well as others – the event came together.  Thank you, too, to everyone who helped clean up after the closing ceremony, especially Carolyn and Shalonda who stayed until everything was packed as well as Arun and the Plane Techs/Trans Techs/True Blue team who came back to help when they found out there was just the three of us exhausted ladies left to finish.

Did any of you notice anything odd about your event t-shirt? I found out at the end of the night that some of you received an “I88 Corporate” t-shirt rather than an “Oak Brook Area Corporate” one. There must have been a mix up in our office during packing. Let me know if you got the wrong one and I will send you the right one.

Because of all your fund raising efforts, so far we have raised $70,850! We are so close to our $75,000 goal we can taste it! In fact, if every person who registered for our Relay raised just $20 more dollars each, we would reach our goal. Please send out a message to everyone you know to tell them about your Relay experience. Thank them for their support if they donated and ask those who did not yet donate to support your effort to help our event reach goal.

Remember to apply for all of those matching gifts from employers – they really add up. Notify me when you apply so I can tell our bookkeepers to watch for it. Donate on line at or mail checks (made out to the American Cancer Society) to 1801 S. Meyers Rd. Suite 100, Oakbrook Terrace IL 60181. The more we raise the more lives we can save!

Thank you to everyone who raised funds to get us so close to our goal! If you raised $250 or more, you will soon be receiving a certificate for a FUND RAISING PRIZE.  If you turn in additional funds that raise you to the next level, let me know and I will send you a new certificate.

Congratulations to our Fund Raising Club Teams:


Hope and Vision OBT

AHH Fighting Back With Faith

Go Crowe!


Adventist Hinsdale / LaGrange Hospital

Need A Neighbor and Friends

Avenging Angels

Evergreen Bank Group

National Van Lines Hauling For A Cure

Plane Techs/Trans Techs

Women@Hyatt For A Cure

CSI Super Team

Bridge Point

Chilico Family

NAI Hiffman


G Beauty Institute

Making The Difference

TrueBlue TEAM Chicagoland Warriors (close to SILVER!)


Adventist Hinsdale and LaGrange Hospital




Elkay “Sinks” Cancer

And the TOP TEAM of RFL of Oak Brook Area Corporate 2013…at the JADE level is team: Cure-Ageous!

I have team fund raising club signs if you would like one to proudly display at your workplace or home. Contact me and I will be glad to drop one off for you!

Congratulations to our GRAND CLUB members:

(Carolyn Bacagaluppi is VERY close)

Kim Wahl

Sandra Bezik

Scott Nickerson (exceeded his personal goal – Dad would be so proud!)

Congratulations to our GRAND CLUB and ALL STAR members:

Randy Cook

Stephanie Owen

Peggy Blaney

And our TOP individual 2013 fund raiser – Kathy Owen!

If you want to be part of the 2014 planning committee, we can really use you to make the event run smoother and be even better. Contact me so we can talk about your interests and schedule.

Remember, just because Relay 2013 is over doesn’t mean the fight against cancer is. Please consider participating in the next Cancer Prevention Study to give researchers vital information to make cancer a thing of the past. Contact me any time you have questions.

See you at Relay For Life 2014!

Leslie Abrahamson, Senior Staff Partner

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