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Ceres Relay team raking leaves, staging rally for fundraising
Bret and Angela Durossette were among those who turned out for a successful recent Ceres Relay for Life fundraiser at Alfonsos Mexican Bar & Grill in downtown. About $500 was raised from the Oct. 23 event to raise funds for the American Cancer Society. Alfonsos donated 20 percent of dinner sales made from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on that day. The Ceres Relay for Life is set to take place the weekend of April 12-13 and has a goal of raising $35,000. Angela is chairman of the event. - photo by JEFF BENZIGER/Courier photo

A Relay Rally will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. this evening (Nov. 20) at Supermom's Frozen Yogurt in the Richland Shopping Center. The business will donate 15 percent of the sales those two hours to the Ceres Relay for Life team.

The Ceres Relay for Life is set to take place the weekend of April 12-13 and has a goal of raising $35,000. The 24-member Ceres Relay for Life Committee has 24 team sign-ups totaling over 160 participants. The committee is targeting the return of 20 teams from prior years as well as registering 20 new teams.

"Last year at this time, we only had four teams signed up, so this is great," said Ceres Relay for Life Committee chair Angela Durossette. "With our goal being 40 teams, we still have a long way to go."

The next team captains meeting is set for 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 3 in the Ceres High cafeteria.

As fall leaves are piling up in yards, the Relay for Life team are offering to rake leaves and do light yard work around the neighborhood for donations to the fight against cancer. Anyone can get the team involved by emailing Durossette at

The Ceres Relay for Life Committee is also asking residents to save the date to plan attending the "Stand Up" to Cancer Comedy Show at the Gallo Center for the Arts on Feb. 28. Tickets may be purchased after Nov. 5 at the Gallo Centre box office. The group plans to sell out with 420 seats.

The committee is also asking Ceres residents to set aside March 22 for a Hoedown dinner, dance, and silent and live auctions. The location has not been determined but ticket prices have been set at $25 per person.

The Relay sponsored drive-thru Taco Night event at the Richland Shopping center was a huge success with the sale of 500 tickets and the serving of 436 dinners.

Also, the Alfonso's fundraiser generated $500 for the Ceres Relay during an Oct. 23 evening.

Funds raised in Ceres will be used to support the myriads of services and research by the ACS. Besides the medical research, the ACS offers emotional support to cancer patients and families, and volunteers provide rides for patients to chemotherapy treatments.

For more information on ways to donate or get involved in the Ceres Relay for Life, email Angela Durossette at