A fundraising party to benefit Kelly’s Angels, a team of the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life of Madison/Florham Park, will take place on Thursday, May 1 from 6:30 to 9 p.m., 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.

A variety of vendors will sell their goods and support Kelly’s Angels. Proceeds from the party will benefit the American Cancer Society. Vendors include: Glass Torch (handmade lamp-worked glass jewelry); Mary Kay (skin care and cosmetics); My Thirty-One (stylish and affordable purses, totes, and wallets); Origami Owl (custom jewelry); Pink Zebra (candles and home fragrances); Green Apple (organic active wear); Ahni & Zoe (Creative Memories photo albums, scrapbooks, and accessories); Tastefully Simple (easy-to-prepare food products for busy lifestyles); Celebrating Home (products for home decorating and entertaining); and Ofrat Gilady-Sten Art (pottery and fine silver jewelry).

Kelly’s Angels was founded by team captain Barbara Bartolomeo of Florham Park, who is a former chairwoman of Relay for Life. 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 six years, Kelly’s Angels was the top fundraising team in the local Relay for Life, having raised close to $100,000 in total. Kelly’s Angels is entering its eighth 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 bartolomeo5@verizon.net.

Relay for Life
Relay For Life 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.

In 2014, more than four million people will come together in over 5,000 Relay events around the world to celebrate those who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against this disease, making it the world’s largest movement to end cancer.

Relay for Life is an overnight celebration in which individuals and teams take turns circling a track relay style to benefit the American Cancer Society’s programs. At nightfall, participants light hundreds of luminary candles around the track in a touching ceremony honoring cancer survivors, as well as paying tribute to those lost to the disease.

The eighth annual Relay for Life of Madison/Florham Park will be held on the grounds of Madison High School from Saturday afternoon, June 21std, to Sunday morning, June 22nd. While other activities are held on the high school grounds, at least one team member is required to be on the track at all times and can choose to walk, run, or skip around the all-weather track.

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 Friday, June 20th.  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 for the Relay for Life of Madison/Florham Park, call (973) 285-8030 or visit www.relayforlife.org/MadisonNJ.

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American Cancer Society
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. 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 $3.9 billion since 1985. As a result, according to the Society, more than 13 million people in America who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will be celebrating birthdays this year.

For information on volunteering, local corporate sponsorship, building a Relay team, or to get help, call (800) 227-2345, or visit www.cancer.org.