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Greenville High School Cheer Raises over $3000: Bill Walker, @BondCoSportsguy, Trains to Perform a Special Cheer
Posted by fundraising admin May 17, 2020
Greenville Comets Cheerleading has been cheering for a cause and asking all of Bond County to pitch in! Consider making a donation to the Lemuel Rhodes Cancer Foundation. The goal was just $1000 and the one and only Bill Walker agreed to dress and perform as a Comet Cheerleader. Plus maybe even dance to the school song?! Bill is THE Bond County Sports Guy, a sports photographer, Economic Development Coordinator at the City of Greenville, and a fantastic guy! We’ve follwed Bill’s preparation and training, and now that Cheer has raised over three times the original goal, we await the reward! Time to cheer your bows off, Bill!
Want to see @BondCoSportsguy become a Comet cheerleader?! The girls have some advice for Bill!— Greenville HS Cheer (@GVilleCheer) May 12, 2020
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Volley for the Cure raises $4k
Posted by fundraising admin November 5, 2019
Prior to the Greenville High School girls’ volleyball banquet this week, Lady Comets Coach Amanda O’Regan presented a check to the Lemuel Rhodes Cancer Foundation. The check totaled $4,000, which was raised during this year’s Volley for the Cure event at GHS. O’Regan expressed her thanks to the Vandalia coaching staff and everyone involved in organizing this year’s Volley for the Cure.
LRCF Celebration of Life Raises $48,328
Posted by fundraising admin October 1, 2019
Thank you to the Bond County Community for the AMAZING support of the Lemuel Rhodes Cancer Foundation. Last Saturday night alone, we raised over $5,300 during the “Celebration of Life” and in the past year, our total was over $48,000! A special thanks goes to ALL the volunteers who helped to put this event on. It was a terrific night!
The Greenville Advocate reports: “We are so blessed and thankful for the people of this community who showed up tonight and supported us in so many ways this past year,” said Patti Brooks, who, along with Gina Goldsmith, are co-chairs of the organization’s fundraising committee. “This event puts us that much closer to finding a cure. And that’s what it’s all about.”
This year’s festival, which closed out the fundraising year for the LRCF, had a 1960s theme... As a result, several participants sported tie-dye shirts, bell-bottom pants, and other clothing items from that colorful era. Fourteen-year-old Kaitlyn Washburn of Greenville won the limbo contest; Katie Campbell, also fourteen of Greenville, was the winner of the Hula Hoop contest.
Featured speaker, Brenda Lohman, a cancer survivor, told about her journey with cancer. “My doctor told me: Once a cancer patient, always a cancer patient,” she recalled. “At first, I couldn’t understand what she meant, but it eventually became clear. Even after a cancer free diagnosis, there are follow-up visits, ongoing testing, and there are some side-effects that never go away... But tonight, we’re all here as survivors, either as a cancer survivor ourselves or as a caregiver for someone battling cancer. Let’s talk with each other, let’s cry with each other, let’s pray with each other, let’s lift each other up.”
At the end of the “Celebration of Life” Festival, a luminary ceremony was held with dozens of lighted luminaries in memory of those who have passed away or in honor of those who are living. “Each of these luminaries represents a treasure — a loved one,” Patti Brooks said. “Each has a name and a story to tell. We’re all pulling together against this terrible disease.”
$18,318 Raised In 2019 Pie Auction To Benefit LRCF
Posted by fundraising admin September 26, 2019
Another WGEL Great Celebrity Pie Auction is in the history books and it was a banner year! We had an amazing start to the 2019 Great Celebrity Pie Auction on WGEL! Thanks to our pie bakers and our generous community, the day-one total was $6,260! Our pie bakers on Tuesday were MGHS Principal Bobby Koontz, GHS Principal Kara Harris, GES Principal Eric Swingler, GJHS Principal Gary Brauns, Dusty Bauer & Chris Barth from the FNB Community Bank, Tim Watson from Arthur Young Chevrolet, and Bond County Sheriff Jim Leitschuh.
Wednesday morning brought in $5,498, thanks to our second day pie bakers: Sorento Principal Amy Jackson, Pocahontas Principal Jason Rakers, Tyson Graber of the Greenville First Christian Church, WGEL Farm Reporter Joe Doll, Bond County Board Member Gerald “Spanky” McCray, Greenville Economic Development Director Bill Walker & Greenville Tourism Director Jes Adam.
Day Three total Thursday came to $6,560 as we hosted Bond County State’s Attorney Dora Mann, Lady Comets Basketball Coach Kolin Dothager & Boys’ Coach Todd Cantrill, Greenville Police Chief Scott Workman, Bond County Health Department Administrator Sean Eifert, and Bradford National Bank President Mike Ennen & Community Relations Director Randy Alderman.
That brings our three-day total for the pie auction to $18,318 — all to benefit the Lemuel Rhodes Cancer Foundation in their mission to help local folks in their battle with cancer.
Wow! We are amazed at the response from this year’s Wgel Radio pie auction. Thank you Bond County. We hope to see you Saturday night at our big Celebration of Life Festival!!
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. 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 everyone who bid and bought pies, thanks to those who baked pies, and thanks to those who made donations.
Photos contributed by FNB Community Bank, Bill Walker, and Bradford National Bank.
LRCF Traveling Back To 1960s For Annual Celebration
Posted by fundraising admin September 20, 2019
The Lemuel Rhodes Cancer Foundation is holding its annual Celebration of Life Festival on Saturday, September 28th at the American Farm Heritage Museum in Greenville. This event is open to the public as The LRCF celebrates cancer survivors and honors those who have lost their battle. In recognition of the 50th anniversary of Woodstock, this year’s theme is The 1960s. The LRCF has also been selling raffle tickets all summer for a 1966 Ford Galaxie, donated in memory of Connie Borror and Jason Sugg. The car will be given away that night.
In keeping with the theme, you are encouraged to come dressed in your 1960s attire. There will be Best Dressed contests for hippies and flower children. Other activities include hula hoop and limbo contests, 1960s trivia and music, and a photo booth that will bring back memories of that special decade. The popular bake walk also returns.
Bounce houses and games will be available to kids for a nominal fee. Triple T Grill and Chill Food Truck will provide food and the Prairie Farms ice cream wagon will also be there.
All activities are inside the American Farm Heritage Museum’s big building. Doors open at 4:30pm and the opening ceremony will start at 5pm. Special music by Mulberry Grove Elementary students. The featured speaker is Brenda Lohman, cancer survivor and LRCF recipient. The night concludes with a luminary ceremony honoring those who have fought the cancer battle. Everyone is welcome to enjoy a fun evening with many poignant moments.
The Lemuel Rhodes Cancer Foundation is a non-profit organization that helps cancer patients in Bond County with a variety of medical expenses that insurance doesn’t cover.
WIN THIS CAR! LRCF Raffling Classic
Posted by fundraising admin June 26, 2019
The Lemuel Rhodes Cancer Foundation (LRCF) is raffling a 1966 Ford Galaxie 500 that was donated in the memory of Connie Borror and Jason Sugg, both of whom lost their battle with cancer.
The 4-door car is white in color, with new tires, a rebuilt transmission, and extensive interior and exterior renovations. Among the unique features of the 1966 Galaxie are the vertically stacked dual headlights.
Tickets may be purchased for $20 each or 3 for $50. Tickets will be sold at several upcoming events including the Bond County Fourth Fest on July 6; the Pocahontas Picnic on July 13; the Bond County Fair; and the Mulberry Grove Homecoming on August 10. The car will be on display at all of the events where tickets are sold.
Updates will be posted on the Lemuel Rhodes Cancer Foundation’s Facebook page. The winner will be drawn at the LRCF Celebration of Life on September 28. The winner need not be present to win.
Way to Go Walker Photography For Your Support!
Posted by fundraising admin May 4, 2019
THANK YOU, Walker Photography, for the very generous donation to the Lem Rhodes Cancer Foundation! Tonight was a great night of fundraising for LRCF. which also included funds from the car cruise food stand and 50-50 drawing. Our community is such a supportive one!
From Walker Photography: “I can’t thank these wonderful high school students and their families for participating in making this a reality to benefit Lemuel Rhodes Cancer Foundation. With today’s session along with a few from last week with students attending the Mulberry Grove prom, $605 was raised for LRCF. And as our part, Walker Photography will be adding $195 to the donation, to make the total $800 to benefit Bond County residents fighting cancer. Thank you to everyone involved in what we hope can become a new tradition.”
Photos contributed by Walker Photography on Facebook
LRCF Thanks VFW Post 1377 for Their Support!
Posted by fundraising admin March 15, 2019
Bond County VFW Post 1377 recently presented checks to two local organizations. Post Commander Max Sussenbach presented a $500 check to Rex Catron of the Bond County Independence Day Festival Association to benefit the upcoming Fourth Fest and a $500 check to Mike Wilhite of the Lemuel Rhodes Cancer Foundation (in photo on right) for the benefit of community members battling cancer.
Thanks VFW Post 1377! #LRCF #thankyousomuch
Annual LRCF Survivor’s Dinner Held
Posted by fundraising admin October 4, 2018
Tuesday evening (Oct 2, 2018), was the annual LRCF Survivor’s dinner at the St. Lawrence Catholic Church hall. A special dinner was served and prizes were given. It was an evening of fellowship and honoring those who have/or had cancer. Thanks to the fundraising committee for coordinating and to all who came. #LRCF #fundraising #helpingthosewithcancer #survivors
LRCF Celebration of Life Draws Good Crowd
Posted by fundraising admin October 1, 2018
The annual Lemuel Rhodes Cancer Foundation Celebration of Life was Saturday at the Farm Heritage Museum. During the closing ceremony, Mike Wilhite presented the good news that fundraising during the past year has exceeded $60,000, well over the goal of $42,000. The number announced Saturday was $61,733, but Wilhite noted it was not a final number.
The celebration honored those who are battling cancer and those who have lost their battle. The majority of funds raised by the foundation are used to assist Bond County cancer patients with 10 percent donated for cancer research.
At the Celebration of Life event Saturday for the Lem Rhodes Cancer Foundation, two guest speakers stepped to the microphone. Dr. Brian Van Tine, from the Siteman Cancer Center in St. Louis, spoke during the opening ceremony. He said events such as the Rhodes Celebration are very inspiring and make a difference. He said the small group gathered Saturday was part of a large group. He said he hopes that someday he won’t have his job.
Bond County resident Karen Willmann spoke during the closing luminary ceremony. She told her story about battling lung cancer and said the disease has brought her closer to God.
Thanks to Jane Doll Wilhite who puts on the luminary ceremony each year. She does an excellent job and it is so meaningful. Bond County Fair Queen Kallie Gan was one of several volunteers who assisted Jane during the event this year. A special photo video was made and shown to all right before the ceremony.
While many people enjoyed fellowship through eating together, listening to musical acts, playing kids games and having their faces painted, throughout the Celebration of Life, the focus was honoring those with cancer, the survivors, and those who have lost their battle to the disease.
2018 WGEL Pie Auction Brings $13,545 To Benefit LRCF
Posted by fundraising admin September 26, 2018
The 2018 WGEL Pie Auction is in the history books and it was another great success thanks to the generosity of our community! Day One brought in a total of $3,600. Tuesday morning brought in $3,850. Day Three total Wednesday came to $5,895... bringing this year’s overall pie auction total to $13,545 — all to benefit the Lemuel Rhodes Cancer Foundation.
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. 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... Mike Wilhite from the Lemuel Rhodes Cancer Foundation; Pocahontas School Principal Jason Rakers; Sorento School Principal Kara Harris; Mulberry Grove Elementary School Principal Casie Bowman; Unit 1 Superintendent Stephen Phillips; Emily Hartmann from the Bond County Soil & Water Conservation District; Kyle Johnson From the BCSWD & Bond County Farm Bureau Boards; Greenville Elementary School Principal Eric Swingler; Greenville Jr. High Principal Gary Brauns; Bond County Health Department Administrator Sean Eifert; Greenville Economic Development Director Bill Walker; Dusty Bauer from The First National Bank; Tim Watson from Arthur Young Chevrolet; Comets Head Football Coach Todd Huthcinson; Comets Basketball Coach Todd Cantrill; Pastor Tyson Graber of the Greenville First Christian Church; WGEL Farm Reporter Joe Doll; Joe Whalen from the Greenville Knights of Columbus; and Bradford National Bank President Doug Stroud.
Most of all, thanks to everyone who bid on or bought a pie, and for the many outright donations that were made as part of this effort.
Photos contributed by First National Bank and Ashley Heckman: the Pie Junkie.
Recycle at Ted’s for Local Cancer Patients
Posted by fundraising adminAugust 2, 2018
Did you know that the LRCF has partnered with Ted’s Recycling in Mulberry Grove on fundraising? Bring your recycled material there and they will accept any metal or aluminum. Then just tell them the donation is for Lemuel Rhodes and you can leave your name if you choose. It’s that easy! #LRCF #fundraising #recycling
And the winner is.... “Rollin’ with My Ladies”
Posted by fundraising adminJuly 16, 2018
The 2nd annual Lem Rhodes Scavenger Hunt is in the books. We had a lot of fun!!!! Thanks for the teams that participated and a very special Thank You to Tony and Tammy Gan at Family Vine. #LRCF #scavengerhunt #helpingthosewithcancer
Medals were presented to the winners this year! Special thanks to the GES/GJHS team for putting together the scavenger hunt.
Comets & Vandals Strikeout Cancer Fundraiser
Posted by fundraising adminApril 20, 2018
The Lady Comets and The Lady Vandals held a Strikeout Cancer “pink” high school softball games April 4 and 17 to support Cancer Foundations in Bond and Fayette counties. Money from tee shirt sales and concessions during the games were donated. These gals raised $250 from shirt sales alone!
Greenville and Vandalia played softball at Greenville on Monday, April 4, presenting a donation check to Lemuel Rhodes Cancer Foundation. A second pink game was played in Vandalia Tuesday, April 17; money raised there went to the Fayette County Cancer Foundation. So proud of The Lady Comets and Lady Vandals!
It is an amazing thing when youth, usually conference competitors, can come together for something like this. While topped by the Vandals in these two games, much good luck coming your way from LRCF, Lady Comets, on the remainder of your season!!!
Posted by fundraising admin March 15, 2018
The Lemuel Rhodes Cancer Foundation held its fundraising kickoff event Tuesday evening at the Greenville Free Methodist Church. Approximately 50 cancer survivors and caregivers gathered for a meal and program.
Jane Wilhite was chairman of the kickoff event. She said the group usually ends their year with a survivor’s dinner. Last year survivors thought it would be nice to gather more often, so they came up with the kickoff dinner. This year, a free pasta dinner was held for survivors, board members, and anyone who is interested in learning more about the LRCF and what the fundraising crew does.
Several fundraisers are planned throughout the year until the Celebration of Life Festival is held on September 29. The next survivor’s dinner is October 2.
This year’s fundraising goal is $45,000 after more than $46,000 was raised in 2017. All money assisted Bond County residents battling cancer.
LRCF 2017 Fundraising Gives 10% Donation To Research
Posted by fundraising adminJanuary 10, 2018
Each year 10% of our fundraising efforts is donated to a research facility. Mike (right) and Jane (left) Wilhite dropped off a check at Siteman Cancer Center to help fund cancer research being done by Dr. Brian Van Tine. Thank you for your continued support!
LRCF Thanks Highland-Pierron FPD for Their Support!
Posted by fundraising admin November 5, 2017
Thanks to Jessica Zobrist from the Highland-Pierron Fire Protection District for coordinating sales of specialty t-shirts and for the $1,000 donation to the Lem Rhodes Cancer Foundation. The LRCF has had many donations this year and we are so thankful and appreciative of them all. Thanks to everyone for your support. Pictured below is Gina Goldsmith and Jessica presenting the donation Sunday, November 5, 2017.
Thanks Highland-Pierron FPD and friends! #LRCF #helpingthosewithcancer #weloveourpartners #donations
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
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.
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!
Photos contributed by First National Bank and Bradford National Bank.
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.
When I made this chart I NEVER expected we'd have to add a 2nd column. I love living in Bond County.
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?
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
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.
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 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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
LEMUEL RHODES CANCER FOUNDATION CELEBRATION OF LIFE FESTIVAL DAY
September 19, 2015
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
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.
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:
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
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
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!
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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!
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”.
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.
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.
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.