A fundraising party to benefit Kelly’s Angels, an American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Madison/Florham Park team, will take place on Thursday, April 18th, from 6:30-9:00 pm, at the Knights of Columbus Hall on Lloyd Avenue in Florham Park. The party will be hosted by Barbara Bartolomeo, team captain of Kelly’s Angels.

Several vendors will be on site to support Kelly’s Angels. Little Cookie, Carmela’s Creations, The Glass Torch, and Creative Memories will be joining Mary Kay and My Thirty-One returning from last year. Little Cookie bakes creative treats; Carmela’s Creations makes accessories for girls; The Glass Torch features handmade lampworked glass jewelry; Creative Memories consultants help you create high-quality digital photo albums; Mary Kay is a popular company whose representatives sell skin care and cosmetics products; and My Thirty-One consultants sell stylish and affordable purses, totes, and wallets. Proceeds from the party will benefit the American Cancer Society.

Kelly’s Angels was founded by team captain Barbara Bartolomeo of Florham Park, who is chairwoman of this year’s Relay for Life event. The 60-member team walks in memory of Bartolomeo’s niece, Kelly O’Day of upstate New York, who died of melanoma in 2006, at age 16. For the past five years, Kelly’s Angels was the top fundraising team in the local Relay for Life, having raised more than $70,000 in total. Kelly’s Angels is entering its seventh year as a Relay for Life team.

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Members of the public are invited to attend the fundraising party. If you are unable to attend, but would like to place an order, please contact Barbara Bartolomeo at bartonline@verizon.net.

Relay for Life
The annual major fundraising event is scheduled to start on Saturday afternoon, June 22nd, at Madison High School. Relay for Life is the American Cancer Society’s season-long effort to create a world with “less cancer and more birthdays,” by helping people stay well and get well, finding cures, and fighting back against cancer. People on 15 teams are already lined up for the Relay, about 30 more teams are expected to join the movement before June.

The seventh annual Relay For Life of Madison/Florham Park is a volunteer-driven community event that allows participants from all walks of life – including cancer survivors, families, friends, corporations, civic organizations, schools, religious groups, and concerned community members – to join together in the fight against cancer.

The overnight celebration features individuals and teams enjoying a meal, dancing, and taking turns circling a track relay style. At nightfall, Relay for Life participants take part in a touching ceremony honoring cancer survivors, as well as paying tribute to those lost to the disease.

Relay will be held on the grounds of Madison High School from Saturday afternoon, June 22nd, to Sunday morning, June 23rd. While other activities are held on the high school grounds, a team member is required to be on the track at all times and can choose to walk, run, or skip.

Members of the public are invited to participate in Relay by registering online at www.relayforlife.org/MadisonNJ. For a $10 commitment fee and at least $90 in fundraising, participants will receive a t-shirt to wear at Relay if registered online by Saturday, June 1st. The commitment fee at the event will be $15.

For information on volunteering or local corporate sponsorship, or to find out how to build a team, call (800) 227-2345 or visit www.relayforlife.org/MadisonNJ. Donations can be made online as well.

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American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society has nearly a century of experience in saving lives and ending suffering from cancer. With a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers, the American Cancer Society works to help people stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early; by offering support after a cancer diagnosis; by finding cures through investment in groundbreaking discovery; by rallying lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer; and by rallying communities worldwide to join the fight.

The American Cancer Society is the nation’s largest non-governmental investor in cancer research, contributing more than $4 billion since 1985. As a result, according to the Society, more than 12 million people in America who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will be celebrating birthdays this year.

To learn more about the American Cancer Society or to get help, call (800) 227-2345 anytime, day or night, or visit www.cancer.org.