ACS Honors St. John Relay for Life with “Rookie of the Year” Award

Mary Bartolucci with the “Rookie of the Year Award.”

Last February, St. John came together like never before for the first ever American Cancer Society Relay for Life fund raiser in Love City.

The event raised $130,000 for St. Thomas/St. John chapter of the ACS and brought the community together to join the fight against cancer. Relay organizers on St. John had hoped raise at least $80,000 but were blown away by the final tally topping $100,000 — and they weren’t the only ones impressed.

St. John Relay for Life chairperson Mary Bartolucci was invited to Orlando by the American Cancer Society to attend a Relay For Life Team Development Summit and Volunteer Leadership Kickoff on Saturday night, September 10.

At the event, St. John was honored with the “Rookie of the Year” award for the region, which Bartolucci accepted on behalf of all the hardworking volunteers who made the event a success.

While enjoying the accolades of a job well done, Bartolucci and her team are already at work planning next year’s Relay for Life, set to start at 4 p.m. on Saturday, February 11, and wrap up at 10 a.m. Sunday, February 12.

The group will convene weekly planning meetings in October and invites anyone interested in helping out to email Bartolucci at