Logan County's Relay for Life: 20
years passion, hope and support begins with dinner
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[June 19, 2017]
- Logan County's biggest effort to fight cancer, Relay for
Life, began with a special Survivor's Dinner on Wednesday evening.
Typically, the dinner is offered during the long hours of the Relay
event. While last year's Relay was 11 hours, it has even been an
overnight activity lasting 18 hours. This year the Relay was
shortened to seven hours and the dinner held separate on the
Wednesday before the Saturday Relay.
The spacing allowed volunteers more time to set up and to decorate.
This was the evening that survivors could get their free t-shirt as
well. The old Lincoln College gym was decorated with strings of
small white lights, colorful balloons and accents. Round dinner
tables were covered with white linen tablecloths, napkins and
silverware, and colorful center pieces set for about 300 guests.
Guests arrived at their leisure and were treated to a variety of
everyone's favorite Guzzardo's Italian Villa main dishes. Pastas in
rich creamy garlic and cheese, or herb seasoned tomato sauces,
rolls, vegetable salads are offered on the self-serve buffet style
food bar with tea and lemonade offered on the side. No one goes away
hungry after this feast.
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Devon Vannoy and John
Guzzardo has been providing the authentic Italian meal since the early days of
when the Relay began in Logan County. Guzzardo, who chaired the Relay several of
the earlier years, continues to provide the dinner at his own cost. He explains
that he got involved in honor of several families he knew who suffered through
cancer. A couple of those were Steve Barmes, who was a good Christian man that
left behind a wife and children. Marilyn Ranney, who used to work with vendors
at the Illinois State Fair, had a daughter that went through treatment and
Marilyn lost her 14 year-old-son to the disease. And now, there have been many
others since that time.
The dinner and the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life is Guzzardo's action
to honor survivors, remember loved one's and fight cancer.