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  • Oct 4

    Annual Cancer Survivor’s Dinner

    Posted by fundraising admin October 4, 2017

      The Lem Rhodes annual cancer Survivor’s dinner was held last night, Oct 3, at the St. Lawrence church hall.

      Approximately 130 people were in attendance and enjoyed the dinner, guest speakers, and fellowship. Joseph W. Richardson spoke about his cancer experience and how he’s stronger because of it. Scott Crothers was also a guest speaker.

      Special thanks to the volunteers who put the dinner together, Wes Pourchot who donates his time and talents for making the meal, and everyone who attended to make it a special night together. We hope everyone enjoyed the dinner.

      Mary Bloemker was the winner of the quilt that was raffled. She was pleasantly surprised as she is a cancer survivor.

    Photo credit to John Goldsmith

    Joseph W. Richardson spoke about his cancer experience and how he's stronger because of it.

    Mary Bloemker was the winner of the quilt that was raffled. She was pleasantly surprised as she is a cancer survivor.

  • Oct 1

    LRCF Celebration of Life Draws Good Crowd

    Posted by fundraising admin October 1, 2017

      The 4th annual LRCF Celebration of Life Festival was held yesterday evening and it did not disappoint. It was a record year all around with a great crowd, dynamite entertainment, a touching luminary ceremony, and record amount of money raised this year. This fundraising year, over $45,000 was raised to help cancer patients that live right here in Bond County! Thank you for everyone’s support of the Lem Rhodes Foundation. We couldn’t do this event without all of the many volunteers that coordinate and put this together and without the support of our VERY giving communities!

      Kathy Dionne, guest speaker, spoke about how she was going through cancer treatments and Lem Rhodes was a blessing to her to get through the tough times. Her message was so meaningful and we truly want to help others who are going through the battle with cancer. We thank her for sharing her story.

      Randy Simmonds, sister Brandi, and niece Rosa, were EXCELLENT help in planning all the food for the evening’s event! We couldn’t have done this event without them. Your mom would be proud, we know! Thank you!

      Anne Langham, committee member, puts the Minute to Win it games together and this year, 15 people signed up to play. It was a lot of fun. Bond County Fair Queen Jenna Koonce was a participant. She also volunteered at the survivor table check in!

      Thanks to Jane Doll Wilhite who puts on the luminary ceremony each year. She does an excellent job and it is so meaningful. A special photo video was made by John Donnell and shown to all right before the ceremony.

      The $45,000 goal was surpassed by $493. Family members and friends of cancer victims purchased 290 luminaries in honor of those who have lost their battle with cancer and those currently fighting the battle.

    Read story and hear a sound byte from co-chair Gina Goldsmith at WGEL 101.7 FM Daily News.

    Read the text of Greenville mayor Alan Gaffner’s proclamation, plus see even more photos at WGEL 101.7 FM Daily News.

      Find many more photos from the 2017 Celebration of Life event on our photo gallery page, our official Facebook page, and the Greenville Advocate’s SmugMug Gallery.

    Kathy Dionne, guest speaker, spoke about how she was going through cancer treatments and Lem Rhodes was a blessing to her to get through the tough times.

  • Sep 27

    Pie Auction Brings In Over $14,000!

    Posted by fundraising admin September 27, 2017

      WGEL’s 2017 Great Celebrity Pie Auction is in the books and after a fantastic third day, our total for this year is $14,381.

      Wow.. what an amazing amount of support from the folks of Bond County. Thank you to WGEL radio station, all the celebrity pie bakers, and the generosity that was shown the past 3 days during the pie auction. Over $14,000 is an astounding total and is going to help a lot of people who are battling cancer right here in our communities.

      Day One was $3,660. Day Two brought in $3,720. And Day Three had two different pie bakers who brought in over $2,200 each. The Day Three overall total was $7,001. All of this money raised is being donated to the Lemuel Rhodes Cancer Foundation to assist local folks in their battle with cancer.

      Thanks to all of our pie bakers this year. The group included... Bobby Koontz & Chad Nelson from the Mulberry Grove Unit 1 School District; Chief Deputy Jim Leitschuh from the Bond County Sheriff’s Department; Jim Hickman of the Greenville Knights of Columbus; Greenville University President Dr. Ivan Filby; Bond County Board Member Gerald “Spanky” McCray; Bond County Unit 2 Superintendent Wes Olson & Mulberry Grove Unit 1 Superintendent Brad Turner; Lady Comets Head Basketball Coach Kolin Dothager & Comets Head Coach Todd Cantrill; Bill Walker, Economic Development Coordinator for the City of Greenville; Christina Staff and Chris Barth from The First National Bank; Tim Watson from Arthur Young Chevrolet in Vandalia; Greenville Elementary School Principal Eric Swingler & Greenville Jr. High School Principal Gary Brauns; Tyson Graber of the Greenville First Christian Church; Pocahontas School Principal Jason Rakers & Sorento School Principal Kara Harris; and Doug Stroud and Randy Alderman from Bradford National Bank.

      Thanks again to these folks for participating and most of all, thanks to our generous Bond County Community for their incredible support of this effort and this great cause, the Lemuel Rhodes Cancer Foundation!

    Read this story at WGEL 101.7 FM Daily News.

    Photos contributed by First National Bank and Bradford National Bank.

    FNB's pie bakers...Chris Barth and Christina Staff LIVE on the radio!

    The high bidder gets to enjoy this wonderful coconut cream pie from Doug Stroud of Bradford National Bank! Plus, BNB will auction off a second pie - a deep dish Apple Caramel pie baked by Katie Schreiber in honor of her mother, Penni.

  • July 15

    July Road Rally/Scavenger Hunt Great Success: 1st & 2nd Place Teams Donate Winnings Back to LRCF!

    Posted by fundraising admin Jul 15, 2017

      The LRCF hosted the first annual Road Rally/Scavenger Hunt this afternoon/evening and it was a great success! 18 teams registered at The Family Vine by 4pm and set off to find many wild and crazy things. Thank you Jane, Anne, Jackie, And Mike for organizing this event. Check out a few more pictures from this event. Thank you to our 1st and 2nd place teams who were given prizes but donated their winnings back to the Lem Rhodes Cancer Foundation!! THANK YOU to all who supported this fundraiser! We were so happy with the turnout. #LRCF #HelpingThoseWithCancer #BondCounty #LemRhodes #scavengerhunt

    The winning team! They scored over 1900 points. Incredible.

    The winning team! They scored over 1900 points. Incredible.
    When I made this chart I NEVER expected we'd have to add a 2nd column. I love living in Bond County.
    When I made this chart I NEVER expected we'd have to add a 2nd column. I love living in Bond County.

  • May 9

    LRCF Surprise-Thanks Sally Bolen of The Rally Team (w/ Greenville First Christian Church)

    Posted by fundraising admin May 9, 2017

      At our May LRCF fundraising meeting, we surprised one of our volunteers with a special celebration to thank her for her time volunteering for #lemrhodes. Sally Bolen, we appreciate your efforts and wish you and Darryl the very best. We will miss you!! Thank you! #wehavethebestvolunteers #douvolunteer?

    Thanks, Sally Bolen for your years volunteering for Lem Rhodes Cancer Foundation!

  • Apr 27

    LRCF Thanks Kiwanis Members for Their Support!

    Posted by fundraising admin April 27, 2017

      The Lemuel Rhodes Cancer Foundation would like to send a special thanks to the Greenville Kiwanis Club for their donation of $150! Co-Chair Patti Brooks spoke to the group in February 2017 at their meeting about LRCF and how the organization is helping those currently battling cancer right here in Bond County. Pictured with Patti Brooks is Kiwanis member Algren Anderson.

      Thanks Kiwanis Club! #LRCF #kiwanisdonations #thankyousomuch

    Pictured with Patti Brooks is Kiwanis member Algren Anderson

  • Apr 5

    Launch of LRCF Website

    Posted by fundraising admin April 5, 2016

      The Lemuel Rhodes Cancer Foundation in Bond County, Illinois now has a website to provide information to local residents. The address is www.LemuelRhodes.org.

      The website has information about upcoming fundraising events, how to apply for assistance, helpful links, online donations, and how to contact the foundation.

      The organization gives financial assistance to Bond County cancer patients. The foundation’s fundraising goal this year is $45,000. The Celebration of Life Festival is scheduled for September 30 at the American Farm Heritage Museum.

    Screenshot of Lem Rhodes Cancer Foundation's new website homepage

  • Mar 5

    LRCF Kicks Off 2017 Fundraising With 10% Donation To Research

    Posted by fundraising admin March 5, 2017

      Yesterday, Saturday March 4, was the official kick off event for our Lemuel Rhodes Cancer Foundation fundraising year 2017. A free breakfast was served at the St. Lawrence Church and a short presentation was given explaining what LRCF is and how you can get involved. This year’s fundraising theme was announced as: “Stand By Me”

      When the fundraising committee joined up with the LRCF organization, they wanted to put 10% of our money raised to go back to research. In 2016, that amount was $4,000 and is being donated to St. Louis Children’s Hospital for cancer research!! A couple of short videos were shown to show how the money raised will help to find a cure for cancer through research.

      Special thanks to all of our LRCF volunteers and those who attended. Thanks to our sponsors of donations as well - Watson’s Drug Store, Schuette Markets, Huddle House, Capri IGA, Prairie Farms, and CVS Pharmacy.

    LRCF Fundraising Donates $4,000 to St Louis Children's Hospital Cancer Research

  • Nov 27

    LRCF Hope Celebration Dinner Honors Survivors and Caregivers

    Posted by fundraising admin November 27, 2016

      The Lemuel Rhodes Cancer Foundation Hope Celebration Dinner honoring cancer survivors and caregivers was held Saturday, November 26 at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Greenville, Illinois and was sponsored by Midland States Bank of Greenville. Thank you to featured speaker, Sonya Jones - Biggest Loser finalist (pictured front center in black shirt and red pants), and all our LRCF volunteers greeting, cooking, serving, and more!

    The evening's volunteers at the 2016 Hope Celebration Dinner for Survivors and Caregivers

  • Sep 26

    WGEL Honored For Sponsoring Years of Pie Auctions

    Posted by fundraising admin September 26, 2016

      At Saturday’s Lemuel Rhodes Cancer Foundation’s Celebration of Life, WGEL Radio was honored for sponsoring the annual pie auction to raise funds for the foundation.

      Darryl Bolen, a long-time participant in the pie auction, presented a certificate of appreciation to Station Manager Tom Kennedy.

      Bolen pointed out that the auction has raised over $31,000 over the last three years. He thanked Kennedy for the promotion WGEL gives to good works throughout the community and praised the “benevolent spirit” of Bond County residents.

      Kennedy said it is believed the pie auction has been conducted for at least 17 years. In the last three years, all proceeds have gone to the Rhodes Cancer Foundation.

    LRCF Honors WGEL Radio and Station Manager Tom Kennedy

  • Sep 26

    PHOTOS: LRCF Festival

    Posted by fundraising admin September 26, 2016

      The Lemuel Rhodes Cancer Foundation held its Celebration of Life event Saturday night at the American Farm Heritage Museum. Many people attended the various activities during the night.

      At the end of the event, John Goldsmith said the total amount raised during the past year came to $40,002.75. He told us the group will be able to help many cancer patients in Bond County with those funds.

      Over $12,000 of the $40,000 raised came from the WGEL pie auction. During the celebration’s opening ceremony, WGEL was recognized for sponsoring the pie auction for many years.

      Greenville Mayor Alan Gaffner issued a proclamation declaring Saturday, September 24 as the Lemuel Rhodes Cancer Foundation’s Celebration of Life Day. All money raised by the foundation is used to assist Bond County cancer patients.

    Enjoy some photos a WGEL 101.7 FM reporter took during the event.

  • Sep 21

    LRCF Festival This Weekend

    Posted by fundraising admin September 21, 2016

      The Lemuel Rhodes Cancer Foundation (LRCF) will host its 3rd annual Celebration of Life Festival on Saturday, September 24 from 4:00 to 10:00 p.m. in the American Farm Heritage Museum’s main building. The event is the culmination of several months of fundraising for the LRCF, which provides assistance to local cancer patients for items such as medical bills not covered by insurance, assistance with lodging and travel for treatment, and other necessary items.

      The Celebration of Life Festival offers food, games, bounce houses, face painting, and live entertainment for all ages. “You’ve Got A Friend” is the theme of this year’s festival.

      The opening ceremony, featuring performances by the Greenville Junior High chorus, begins at 5:00 p.m. Magician Chris Carpunky from St. Louis performs at 5:30 p.m. Swamp Weiss and Friends will perform from 6:00 to 6:30 p.m. Kids can meet Mickey Mouse and Hello Kitty from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. Several teams will compete in the light-hearted “Minute to Win It” contest from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Local singer Taylor Steele takes the stage from 7:30 to 8:45 p.m. Those attending may also cast their ballot on nearly 20 decorated entries in the Bling Out Your Bra Contest, a new addition to the event.

      The evening concludes with a luminary ceremony at 9:00 p.m. Each luminary, which is $5.00, will feature the name of the individual who is being honored. Luminary forms are available in advance by contacting Jane Wilhite. Luminaries will also be sold that evening. Cancer survivors will be honored throughout the night.

      Bond County residents are invited to come and learn more about the Lemuel Rhodes Cancer Foundation and to show their support for local people battling cancer. You can follow LRCF activities by searching for Lemuel Rhodes Cancer Foundation on Facebook. Last year, over $53,000 was raised to assist local cancer patients.

  • Sep 14

    Pie Auction Raises Over $12,000

    Posted by fundraising admin September 14, 2016

      Another WGEL Great Celebrity Pie Auction is in the history books. What an incredible three days it has been!

      Our pie bakers on Monday included Bart Caldieraro from Watson’s Health Mart Drug Store, Sorento Center Principal Bill Carpenter & Pocahontas Center Principal Jason Rakers, Bond County Board Member Gerald “Spanky” McCray, Pat Kious & Dusty Bauer from The First National Bank, and Unit 2 School Superintendent Wes Olson.

      On Tuesday we welcomed Bond County State’s Attorney Chris Bauer, Lady Comets Basketball Coach Kolin Dothager, Tim Watson from Arthur Young Chevrolet in Vandalia, and Greenville Police Chief Lou Lorton.

      And Wednesday we concluded with Mulberry Grove Unit 1 Superintendent Brad Turner, Darryl Bolen from the Greenville First Christian Church, WGEL Farm Reporter Joe Doll, Randy Alderman & Jace Keaster from Bradford National Bank, Dave Tabor of the Greenville Knights of Columbus, and Greenville Jr. High Principal Gary Brauns.

      Thanks to all of our pie bakers – and our pie buyers!!!

      All in, after three days of auctioning pies and combing additional contributions from employees, church members, and community members connected to our bakers, we raised a total of $12,191!!! All to benefit the Lemuel Rhodes Cancer Foundation in their mission to help Bond County residents battling cancer.

      Thanks again to our pie bakers... our pie buyers... and to our great community for their support of this great cause – the Lemuel Rhodes Cancer Foundation. Be sure to attend their Celebration of Life event the evening of September 24 at the American Farm Heritage Museum!

    WGEL Pie Auction 2016, Randy Alderman and Jace Keaster from Bradford National Bank

    Read even more about the 2016 Pie Auction at WGEL 101.7 FM Daily News

  • Jun 22

    Bling Out The Bra Contest To Benefit LRCF

    Posted by fundraising admin June 22, 2016

      The Lemuel Rhodes Cancer Foundation’s fundraising committee is encouraging ladies to channel their inner artist for the “Bling Out The Bra” Contest.

      There is a $10 entry fee. Forms and decorated bras can be submitted to Linda Marti. Deadline is September 1.

      The decorated bras will be displayed in downtown Greenville store windows leading up to the voting. Voting will conclude September 24 at the LRCF Celebration of Life Festival. Each vote will be cast for a $1.00 donation to LRCF. First, second, and third place winners will earn a cash prize for their artistic efforts.

    Read more about the contest at WGEL 101.7 FM Daily News

    Pirate Island Themed Blinged-out Bra

  • Feb 18

    LRCF Kicks Off Another Year Of Fundraising

    Posted by fundraising admin Feb 18, 2016

      The kickoff event for the 2016 fundraising efforts of the Lemuel Rhodes Cancer Foundation was Saturday morning at the Greenville First Christian Church. Supporters of LRCF gathered for a free breakfast and program.

      The LRCF Celebration of Life Festival, which culminates the year of fundraising, will be held Saturday, September 24th from 4:00 to 10:00 p.m. at the American Farm Heritage Museum. This year’s theme will be “You’ve Got a Friend.” The goal for the year of fundraising is $55,000.

      It was also announced that a new fundraising event, known as Bling Out Bra, will be held from June through the Celebration Of Life Event in September. It is a competition for the best decorated bra. There will be an entry fee and persons will be able to vote at $1 per vote. Cash prizes will be awarded for the top three places. More information will be forthcoming.

      Other upcoming fundraisers will be a Trivia Night on April 1st, a cookout on the Thrift Shop parking lot on May 6th, and operating a food stand at the Hummingbird Festival in June.

      At the end of the program, the LRCF choir sang a rendition of “You’ve Got a Friend” with the lyrics changed to emphasize the goal of the foundation to help local cancer patients.

    LRCF leaders performed a fun version of the 2016 theme song

  • Nov 10

    Final Total Announced For 2015 LRCF Campaign

    Posted by fundraising admin November 10, 2015

      The Lemuel Rhodes Cancer Foundation has tallied the numbers for this year’s fundraising, which culminated with the Celebration of Life Festival on September 19. Volunteers generated $53,744.93 for the LRCF, surpassing their goal of $50,000. Around a dozen teams held cookouts, bowling events, trivia nights, a 5K run, and other activities with all of the proceeds going to the foundation. In keeping with a tradition that began last year, 10 percent of the earnings were donated to a cancer-related cause. This year’s selection was St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The remaining funds, $48,444.93, will stay locally to help Bond County residents who are battling cancer.

      Named for a long-time resident who lost his life to cancer in 2002, the Lemuel Rhodes Cancer Foundation, through a confidential application process, provides financial assistance with items not covered by insurance including some medical bills, lodging, and travel for treatment. The foundation was initially funded through proceeds from Rhodes’ trust. Applications and other information may be obtained at the Bond County Health Department.

      At its wrap-up meeting, the LRCF fundraising committee announced that while teams will still be active more emphasis will be placed on generating funds as a committee. As a result individuals who would like to volunteer their time but are unable to assemble a team are welcome to participate.

  • Sep 21

    Mayor Issues Special Proclamation For LRCF Celebration Of Life

    Posted by fundraising admin September 21, 2015

      During Saturday night’s Lemuel Rhodes Cancer Foundation’s Celebration of Life, Greenville Mayor Alan Gaffner spoke to those gathered for the opening ceremony. He issued a proclamation in honor of the event. The full text of the proclamation follows below.

      Gaffner’s daughter, Emily, sang the “Star Spangled Banner” during the opening ceremony.

    Emily Gaffner performs National Anthem at 2015 Celebration of Life


    LEMUEL RHODES CANCER FOUNDATION CELEBRATION OF LIFE FESTIVAL DAY
    September 19, 2015
    PROCLAMATION
    BY THE CITY OF GREENVILLE, ILLINOIS

    WHEREAS, cancer is a group of diseases characterized by uncontrolled growth and spread of abnormal cells which, if not controlled, can result in premature death; and

    WHEREAS, cancer is predicted to strike one out of every three Americans sometime in our lifetime with an estimated 62,480 new cases of cancer diagnosed in Illinois; and

    WHEREAS, approximately 106 new cases of cancer are estimated to occur in Bond County, and more than 45 Bond County residents are expected to lose their battle with cancer this year; and

    WHEREAS, the Lemuel Rhodes Cancer Foundation is a community effort to support neighbors who are battling cancer; and

    WHEREAS, in his will, Lem provided for proceeds from a portion of his trust to be used to help Bond County residents battling cancer and to offer resources they sought through Greenville Regional Hospital and the Bond County Health Department; and

    WHEREAS, through a confidential application process, individuals may apply for assistance to address the expense of items such as medical bills not covered by insurance, lodging and travel for treatment, fitted garments, and other necessary items; and

    WHEREAS, The Lemuel Rhodes Cancer Foundation Celebration of Life Festival in Bond County is a community event that allows an opportunity to network with businesses, associates, family, friends, and neighbors with the goal of making a difference in the fight against cancer,

    NOW THEREFORE, I, Alan Gaffner, Mayor of the City of Greenville, DO HEREBY PROCLAIM Saturday, September 19, 2015 as the Lemuel Rhodes Cancer Foundation Celebration of Life Festival Day. I further urge all residents to recognize and participate in this anti-cancer campaign held in our community, encourage those individuals living with cancer, and honor those individuals that have lost their lives to the dreaded disease, and support volunteers who are generating funds to battle cancer and provide charitable assistance for cancer patients.

    IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the City of Greenville to be affixed this 8th day of September, 2015.

    Alan Gaffner, Mayor
    City of Greenville
    Greenville, Illinois

  • Sep 20

    Lemuel Rhodes Cancer Foundation Exceeds $50,000 Goal

    Posted by fundraising admin September 20, 2015

      The Lemuel Rhodes Cancer Foundation held their annual Celebration of Life on the Greenville Elementary School playground Saturday evening. Following a successful 2014, where they raised $32,000, the group had a fundraising goal of $50,000 this year.

      They surpassed that goal by raising a total of $53,268.94. An emotional John Goldsmith shared the total raised during the closing ceremony.

      The Lemuel Rhodes Cancer Foundation provides assistance to Bond County cancer patients.

    Games at 2015 Celebration of Life Event

    Enjoy some photos WGEL 101.7 FM reporter Jeff Leidel took during the event.

  • Sep 16

    2015 Great Celebrity Pie Auction A HUGE Success!

    Posted by fundraising admin September 16, 2015

      It was another exciting year in the WGEL Great Celebrity Pie Auction. Below you’ll find out list of pie bakers for this year, and the totals the guests brought in:

    MONDAY
    Bond County Circuit Clerk Rex Catron: $150
    Sorento Principal Bill Carpenter & Pocahontas Principal Jason Rakers: $535
    Greenville Junior High Principal Gary Brauns: $300
    Doug Stroud & Randy Alderman of Bradford National Bank: $600

    TUESDAY
    Bond County Unit 2 School Superintendent Wes Olson: $400
    Greenville College President Dr. Ivan Filby: $250
    Tim Watson from Arthur Young Chevrolet in Vandalia: $460
    Sally Bolen from the Greenville First Christian Church & WGEL Farm Reporter Joe Doll: $950
    Mulberry Grove Unit 1 Superintendent Brad Turner: $950

    WEDNESDAY
    Bond County State’s Attorney Chris Bauer: $1,675
    Bond County Board Member Gerald “Spanky” McCray: $1,000
    Greenville Comets Coaches Todd Hutchinson & Todd Cantrill: $810
    Bond County Coroner Tony Brooks: $505
    Mike Radliff & Dusty Bauer from the First National Bank: $2,465


      Our three-day Great Celebrity Pie Auction total is $11,050 – all to benefit the Lemuel Rhodes Cancer Foundation. The LRCF has their annual Celebration of Life this Saturday afternoon and evening on the Greenville Elementary School playground.

      Thanks to each of our pie bakers and thanks to the Bond County community for coming together and supporting this great cause!

    Read even more about the 2015 Pie Auction and LRCF’s recognition of WGEL 101.7 FM Radio’s long-time support.

  • May 26

    New LRCF Donor Program

    Posted by fundraising admin May 26, 2015

      Lemuel Rhodes Cancer Foundation donor cards are available in businesses across Bond County. The cards are $1.00 each and have spaces to honor someone who is currently battling cancer or whose journey has ended.

      Cards are posted at participating businesses throughout Greenville, Pocahontas, Smithboro, Mulberry Grove, and Sorento.

      Next time you’re out and about shopping, be sure to check at the cash register for the new Lemuel Rhodes Cancer Foundation donor cards and support the organization’s efforts to help Bond County residents battling cancer.

  • Mar 28

    Cookie 5K Walk/Run

    Posted by fundraising admin March 28, 2015

      The Rally Team at First Christian Church held a 5K walk/run event today (March 28). Each participant was given (a much earned) two dozen cookies at the end of the run. Winners in each age division earned BIG cookies and a half gallon of milk. Congrats to Sally Bolen and her crew on a great fundraiser for the Lemuel Rhodes Cancer Foundation.

    2015 Cookie 5K Winners

  • Mar 16

    LRCF Recruiting Teams For 2015

    Posted by fundraising admin March 16, 2015

      Last year a new fundraising effort was launched to benefit the Lemuel Rhodes Cancer Foundation (LRCF), a local organization that provides financial assistance to Bond County residents battling cancer. Several teams conducted trivia nights, car washes, cookouts and other events for LRCF culminating in the Celebration of Life festival last September where it was announced that over $34,000 had been raised.

      This year’s fundraising campaign is underway with a goal of $50,000 for 2015. John Goldsmith, a member of the LRCF fundraising committee, said, “We think $50,000 is a reasonable goal considering we didn’t begin our efforts last year until May. Some of our teams have already jumped out of the gate with a variety of creative and successful fund raisers.”

      What makes LRCF different is the emphasis on every dollar spent can make a difference locally. The foundation typically provides gas cards and help with other expenses related to cancer treatment.

      Gina Lewis, co-chair for team recruitment, explained, “Every cent raised by every team is important. Every $100 we raise equals two gas cards that are helping local residents battling cancer.”

      There are currently 12 teams signed up to participate with room for more. There’s no cost to register a team and no minimum requirement for money raised. Businesses, churches, families, and groups of friends from across Bond County are encouraged to consider joining the LRCF effort.

      Lewis said, “This is a great opportunity to get involved in a great group of people who care for those who are battling cancer. It’s not about how many members are in your team or even how much you raise. Together we are making a difference.”

      Kelli Lahr, also a team recruitment co-chair, commented, “Most, if not all, of our team members have been directly affected by cancer. We all share the same passion to soften the blow of a cancer diagnosis. This passion has driven our fundraising efforts in an amazing way. It is our hope that more of our friends, neighbors and families will join us.”

  • Oct 14

    Final Totals Announced For Lem Rhodes Cancer Foundation Fundraising

    Posted by fundraising admin October 14, 2014

      When the new fundraising committee for the Lemuel Rhodes Cancer Foundation (LRCF) formed this past spring, they set a goal of $20,000. Ten teams spent the summer hosting cookouts, trivia nights, bowling tournaments, car washes, and even an art night to raise dollars and awareness for the LRCF, a not-for-profit organization that provides financial assistance to local cancer patients. The fundraising campaign culminated in the Celebration of Life Festival on September 13. The goal of $20,000 was easily surpassed.

      Jennifer Lappe, chairperson of the LRCF fundraising committee, recently announced that the teams generated $34,706.70. Organizers were thrilled considering fundraising didn’t officially begin until May. The committee has designated $3,000 to be donated to Washington University’s Siteman Cancer Research Center. The remaining funds will assist the foundation’s goal to provide a helping hand to Bond County residents who are battling cancer. Bart Caldieraro, LRCF Board Chairman, expressed his gratitude to the dozens of volunteers who held fundraisers this year. Team Marti, a family team formed in honor of the late Dave Marti, was the top moneymaker – raising over $6,000.

  • Sep 14

    LRCF Fundraising Tops $31,000 And Continues to Grow

    Posted by fundraising admin September 14, 2014

      Saturday afternoon and evening was the first annual Celebration of Life Festival organized for the Lemuel Rhodes Cancer Foundation. The festival of life was the culmination of a year of fundraising and volunteerism in Bond County.

      A big crowd gathered under blue skies Saturday on the Elementary School parking lot for all types of fun, games, food and remembrance. The theme of the festival was “There’s No Place Like Home”. This is very fitting since the money raised for the Lemuel Rhodes Cancer Foundation stays in Bond County to help residents that are fighting cancer.

      The preliminary total of money raised is $31,226 and there is still more to be counted. A final number will likely be announced in a few days.

    2014 Celebration of Life Wall of Remembrance

  • Sep 10

    Pie Auction Raises Over $8,000

    Posted by fundraising admin September 10, 2014

      The 2014 WGEL Great Celebrity Pie Auction is in the history books.

      Wednesday was the third and final day of auctions and bids totaled $4,050. The three-day final total came to $8,367. All proceeds will benefit the Lemuel Rhodes Cancer Foundation, which provides assistance to cancer patients throughout Bond County.

      Thanks to our pie bakers this year: Sorento Principal Bill Carpenter, Bond County Circuit Clerk Rex Catron, Greenville Jr. High Principal Gary Brauns, Reverend Darryl Bolen, WGEL Farm Reporter Joe Doll, Bond County Sheriff Jeff Brown, Becky Blackburn from the Greenville Police Department, Tim Watson from Arthur Young Chevrolet, Doug Stroud from Bradford National Bank, Bond County State’s Attorney Chris Bauer, Bond County Board Member Gerald “Spanky” McCray, Greenville College President Dr. Ivan Filby, Bond County Coroner Tony Brooks, and Tammy Stief from the First National Bank.

      Thanks to everyone who put in a bid and/or bought a pie. Your support of this great cause makes a big impact!

  • Aug 27

    Lem Rhodes Cancer Foundation Sponsoring First Festival

    Posted by fundraising admin August 27, 2014

      The Lemuel Rhodes Cancer Foundation will host its first Celebration of Life Festival on Saturday, September 13 from 4:00 to 10:00 p.m. on the Greenville Elementary School playground. The Lemuel Rhodes Cancer Foundation provides assistance to local cancer patients for items such as medical bills not covered by insurance, assistance with lodging and travel for treatment, and other necessary items.

      The Celebration of Life Festival offers food, games, bounce houses, face painting, and entertainment in a family atmosphere. The theme for the event is “There’s no place like home.” In keeping with the Wizard of Oz theme a Dorothy Look-a-like Contest will be held with two age divisions, 12 and under and 13 and older. The Cowardly Lion, Tin Man, and Scarecrow will pose for photos. Some limited seating will be available; those attending are encouraged to bring lawn chairs.

      Live entertainment includes Fusion Dance Center, Pete the Juggler, and the Chapman Brothers Band. A program with guest speakers, recognition of cancer survivors, and special music by members of the Greenville Junior High chorus begins at 9:00 p.m. and concludes with a luminary ceremony.

      Attendees are asked to bring a photo of a loved one whose fight against cancer has ended. These will be displayed on a special “memory board”.

  • Aug 18

    Lem Rhodes Cancer Foundation To Hold “Hope Celebration”

    Posted by fundraising admin August 18, 2014

      The Lemuel Rhodes Cancer Foundation will host a “Hope Celebration” dinner to honor Bond County cancer survivors and their caregivers on Tuesday, September 9. The free meal and program will be held at St. Lawrence Catholic Church with doors opening at 5:30 p.m. and dinner served at 6:30 p.m. Each cancer survivor may bring one caregiver to the celebration. Participants will receive a complimentary t-shirt.

      The first annual Lemuel Rhodes Cancer Foundation Celebration of Life Festival is Saturday, September 13 from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at the Greenville Elementary School playground. Around a dozen teams have raised money throughout the summer to benefit the foundation. The festival will include food, music, games, and featured speakers. Details will be released soon.

  • May 19

    Lem Rhodes Foundation Kicks Off Fundraising Season

    Posted by fundraising admin May 19, 2014

      The Lemuel Rhodes Cancer Foundation has a new sub-committee that will generate funds to help local cancer patients. The group gathered Saturday morning for a brief ceremony to kick off their fundraising season.

      Greenville Mayor Alan Gaffner thanked the group for their efforts and pledged his support and that of the community.

      Cancer survivor Becky Blackburn shared her personal story and spoke of the often-unknown costs of fighting cancer, such as fuel, oil changes, and tire maintenance due to traveling to receive treatment; hotel expenses; and loss of overtime and holiday pay.

      Through a confidential application process, individuals may apply for assistance from the Lem Rhodes Cancer Foundation to help with those items not covered by insurance.

      Teams will raise funds for Lemuel Rhodes Cancer Foundation throughout the spring and summer. Their efforts will culminate in a celebration of life festival on Saturday, September 13.

  • May 6

    Lem Rhodes Cancer Foundation Joins Forces With Local Group

    Posted by fundraising admin May 6, 2014

      The Lemuel Rhodes Cancer Foundation has a new sub-committee that will generate funds to help local cancer patients.

      In February former members of the Bond County Relay for Life announced that they would be exploring new opportunities to raise money that would stay locally. After a series of meetings, the two groups decided to join forces to pursue their mutual mission. In conjunction with this announcement, The Lemuel Rhodes Cancer Foundation seated a new board member, Jennifer Lappe, a former member of the local Relay steering committee.

      John Goldsmith, co-chair of the 2013 Bond County Relay said, “This is a perfect fit for everyone. The foundation’s purpose is to give financial help and a morale boost to local folks fighting cancer. Our group was looking for a way to raise money that can directly benefit our family, friends, and neighbors. We’re excited to be part of the Lemuel Rhodes Cancer Foundation.”

      In a statement previously issued, the former Relay steering committee and many of the team captains said, “While we’re proud of our efforts on behalf of ACS, it’s time for us to step away from Relay. After fifteen years with ACS and Relay, this is not a decision that was made lightly. And while we embark on this new adventure, we are not saying that there won’t be or shouldn’t be a Relay for Life in 2014. But the planning and execution will be done by others.”

      Teams will be raising funds for Lemuel Rhodes Cancer Foundation throughout the spring and summer culminating in a celebration of life festival on Saturday, September 13.

      Bart Caldieraro, foundation chairman, is also enthusiastic about the new partnership. “The Lem Rhodes Cancer Foundation is very excited with the decision that has been made by these outstanding residents of our county. We are looking forward to working with this group and this decision will allow us to help even more cancer patients and their families right here in Bond County. The Foundation has helped over 100 patients and their families deal with this difficult diagnosis and we are looking forward to helping even more in the near future.”

      Lemuel Rhodes, a long-time Bond County resident, lost his brother to cancer and his own life to the disease in 2002. In his will, Rhodes set aside proceeds from part of his trust to be used to help other Bond County residents battling cancer. Through a confidential application process, individuals may apply for assistance to help with items such as medical bills not covered by insurance, assistance with lodging and travel for treatment, and other necessary items.


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