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Local law firm serves up donations for Relay for Life

Local law firm serves up donations for Relay for Life

news2011-1Originally Published: May 25th, 2011 in the Lebanon Democrat
By: MARY E. HINDS Staff Writer

It’s not every day you have a law office serving you lunch. But that was the case Friday afternoon when attorneys and staff from Rochelle, McCulloch and Aulds seated customers and cleaned tables at Michael’s Cafe in Lebanon to raise money for Relay for Life cancer research.  This year the Relay For Life of Wilson County will be held June 24, at the Stroud Gwynne Field, on Castle Heights Avenue in Lebanon.

Matthew Ryan, a real estate attorney with the firm, was greeting customers at the door and explaining to them that all the tips given to the waitress, also from the firm, would be donated to Relay for Life. Tina Dyer, Renee Thorne and Vicki Jarvis were among the Rochelle, McCulloch and Aulds personnel assisting customers and clearing tables for tips for the cause.

“It’s going great, and it’s for a great cause,” said Dyer. 

“Everybody’s being very generous,” Thorne agreed. “People can relate to the cause and we’re getting very good tips.” 

Jarvis was assisting a woman who described herself as a 28 year cancer survivor. “It’s wonderful. We’ve had great tips,” Jarvis said. 

Harlynn Bryan, was too busy stuffing her 16 month old mouth with greens to comment on the fundraiser, but her dad, Steve wasn’t. “I love Michael’s Cafe,” he said. “Helping Relay for Life is just a bonus.” 

Jerry and Eva Hunt were eating with Fred Burton during the event.  “We eat here just about about every day,” Jerry Hunt said. “We’ll give a pretty good tip.” 

Ryan said helping out with lunch wasn’t the only thing his firm does to benefit Relay for Life. “We have taken part in the past. Also, this year, from January to June, we will be donating $50 from every real estate closing to Relay for Life. We’re over the $2,500 mark in donations,” he said. “It’s good to see each other out of the office.”  Ryan added his firm would be doing the same thing at Panera Bread in about a week. 

Relay For Life is an overnight event designed to celebrate survivorship and raise money for research and programs of the American Cancer Society. During the event, teams of people gather at schools, fairgrounds, or parks and take turns walking or running laps. Each team tries to keep at least one team member on the track at all times. Relay For Life (often shortened to Relay) is the main volunteer-driven cancer fundraising event of the American Cancer Society. Originating in the United States, the Relay For Life event has spread to 21 countries. Relay events are held in local communities, campus universities, military bases, and in cyberspace. 

Although the main objective of Relay is to raise money for cancer research and cancer patients, the event is held to spread cancer awareness, celebrate the lives of survivors, remember those who lost their lives to cancer, and unite a community in the fight against cancer. It is estimated that Relay For Life events have raised over $3 billion to date.

Staff writer Mary Hinds may be reached at 444-3952, ext. 45 or via e-mail at

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