EASTCHESTER, N.Y. -- At this year's Relay For Life, over 130 Eastchester High School students helped raise over $26,500, with money still coming in.
The top five fundraisers were Lindsey Moy ($6,050), Joanne Georgiou ($1,675), Zach Shearon ($1,630), Sedona Paykin ($740) and Ralph Medici ($620).
Relay For Life is a community-based fundraising event of the American Cancer Society. Each year, more than 5,000 Relay For Life events take place in over 20 countries. The mission is to raise funds to improve cancer survival, decrease the incidence of cancer and improve the quality of life for cancer patients and their caretakers. The event brings the whole community together for a night of fun, entertainment, celebration and remembrance.
High school guidance counselor Heather Reilly said, “I have volunteered for several years and am constantly impressed by the compassion and dedication of EHS students. When I try to share the details of that night with friends and family tears immediately fill my eyes. The number of students who participated and the money they raised is truly astounding. Their dedication and leadership made the night possible.”
Eastchester faculty members and the clubs or schools they represent include Lina Astarita (Habitat for Humanity), Heather Reilly (Jazz Co), Andrew Weiss (EMS NJHS), Josephine Logan/Adam Chertok (EMS Student Council) and Ellen Eldred (Waverly).
Special thanks were also extended to the EHS Jazz Band and Don Olson for their performance; Jesse Millman (former EHS student) for keeping the participants in shape with Zumba; Adele Lotto (EMS) for donating assortments of pasta; Olga Zeolla (EHSPTA) for coordinating/delivering the meat dishes; the Catalano family for donating amazing wedges; the students captains who coordinated the efforts of their individual teams; and the Habitat for Humanity officers who worked tirelessly from the beginning on planning the event.