With Fundraising Already Underway, St. John Relay for Life Committee Unveils New Logo

Members of the American Cancer Society’s St. John Relay for Life Committee unveiled the group’s new logo last week.

The logo was designed by 17-year-old Grace Bartolucci, a senior at Antilles School hoping to attend Savannah College of Art and Design next year, and the daughter of St. John Relay for Life chairperson Mary Bartolucci.

Bartolucci’s logo depicts a palm tree and the outline of St. John against a backdrop of a bright sun on one half and a sliver of moon on the other, signifying the over-night nature of the event.

While the American Cancer Society’s official Relay for Life logo changes each year, the St. John Relay for Life Committee opted to create its own distinct logo which will remain the same and be used for marketing purposes, explained the group’s chairperson Mary Bartolucci.

“We are planning a marketing campaign with bumper stickers, posters, coasters and more to help create awareness of our event as well as provide businesses with an opportunity to show their support,” she said.

The second annual St. John Relay for Life is set for February 11 and 12, 2012 in Winston Wells ball field. Relay committee member have high hopes for this event, as last year’s inaugural relay netted $130,000 for the local chapter of the American Cancer Society.

For that outstanding accomplishment, the St. John Relay for Life was honored by the national American Cancer Society with the 2011 Rookie of the Year award for the southern district.

The event kicks off at 4 p.m. on February 11, 2012, with an opening ceremony. A survivor’s dinner, for cancer survivors and one caregiver, takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. and the theme for the dinner this year is sure to please, explained Mary Bartolucci.

The emotional luminaria ceremony and survivor’s lap takes place at 9 p.m. followed by music and entertainment all night long to keep team members walking that track. The event wraps up at 10 a.m. on February 12 with a closing ceremony and final lap.

But the fun, and fundraising for the event, has already begun. Yerger and a few friends hosted a Charity Golf Tournament for the St. John Relay for Life on Wednesday, October 19, at Mahogany Run Golf Course on St. Thomas.

The event raked in almost $7,000 for the local chapter of the American Cancer Society and that is just the beginning. Woody’s Seafood Saloon is hosting its Second Annual Save Second Base block party in Cruz Bay on Saturday, November 5, from 7 to 11 p.m. with all proceeds going to the local Rely for Life.

The Save Second Base block party is  also the official kick-off event for the second annual St. John Relay for Life, explained Mary Bartolucci.

“Representatives from the various relay committees will be on hand to sign up teams and answer any questions about the event,” she said.

Any restaurants or caterers interested in participating in the Relay for Life survivor’s dinner should contact Yerger at steve@stjohncatering.com.

For more information about the St. John Relay for Life check out the group’s website at www.relayforlife.org/stjohnvi.