The American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life of Sayville held its second-annual cocktail fundraising party at 21 Main Steakhouse recently and this year’s event drew about 40 attendees, down from last year’s 75 guests.
The Relay for Life team organizes these events as supplemental fundraising efforts, according to Jennifer Hoek, coordinator of the Sayville team. There was a 50/50 raffle at the door as well as more than 30 baskets that were raffled at the end of the evening.
“All the businesses in town were very generous in their donations for the Chinese auction baskets,” Hoek said. Some of the baskets included gift certificates to nearby favorites such as , the , Om Shanti Om Yoga, Locust Avenue Farms, the , , , , and .
Jewelry vendor Stella and Dot was also on hand raising funds for the charity courtesy of Hoek’s cousin Tamara Meade. Keeping it all in the family, Hoek’s sister Melissa was showing off beauty products from BeautiControl, and also offering guests purple hair extensions for $10 to support the cause.
While this affair, as well as the recent one held at were social events, the actual Relay for Life event is much more reflective in nature, Hoek added, honoring those who have passed as well as survivors. This year’s theme is “Walking in a Winter Wonderland,” and it will feature a visit with Santa (get your Christmas pictures done early), a performance by Jester Jim and more snow-themed fun.
Tickets included hors d’oeuvres, beer/wine/soda, a door prize ticket and a complimentary goody bag, featuring a water bottle (thanks to a donation from Sinagra Chiropractic), samples of beauty care products and awareness pins.
The Relay for Life team will meet on May 31 at the Middle School Cafeteria. For more information about the event and how to participate, visit www.relayforlife.org/sayvilleny.