The Rhinebeck Rotary, at a regular meeting at the Beekman Arms on Monday, April 13, 2015, hosted Ms. Gabby Scull, Relay for Life Specialist at the Eastern Division of the American Cancer Society.



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Ms. Scull spoke passionately of the American Cancer Society’s upcoming event at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds on May 30 and 31, the Relay for Life which is the Society’s largest worldwide fund raising activity. Taking place in over 5,200 communities in the United States and in thousands more communities in over 21 other countries, the Relay for Life consists of nearly 24 hours of team and individual walking. At the Dutchess County Fairgrounds, teams and individuals will walk on the grounds’ horse track in a series of dedicated laps.


On May 30, the event will start with a “Survivors’ Lap,” commemorating the birthdays of over 500 regional cancer survivors. This lap will be followed by a “Caregivers’ Lap,” which, in turn, will be followed by a joint “Survivors’-Caregivers’ Lap.” From that point until the event’s conclusion on May 31 with a final ending lap, teams and individuals are invited to walk and, by so doing, court sponsors to aid in the fight against cancer. A special “Luminaria” ceremony will be held after dark on May 30 and all participants – members of teams or walking as individuals – are encouraged to raise $100 each from sponsors.


In addition to dedicated and fund-raising laps, the event will feature a silent indoor auction at the Fairgrounds’ Arts and Crafts Building, informational booths, and food and beverage sales. Teams are especially encouraged to participate so that laps may be split up among participants and, according to Ms. Scull, this is a perfect activity for community organizations such as the Rhinebeck Rotary. All participating teams and organizations will be allocated areas around the track to set up chairs, snack booths, informational booths, and tents.


For more information, interested organizations and individuals may contact Ms. Scull at gabby.scull@cancer.org.


The Rhinebeck Rotary Club meets on Mondays at 12:15 pm throughout the year and is a humanitarian organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of others through various projects locally, nationally, and internationally. Regular club meetings typically feature speakers who cover a variety of human interest topics. For more information on becoming a member, or to reserve a speaker’s spot at a meeting, please contact Lou Trapani at 845-876-