Seeley Lake Hillbillies:
top row: Barb Stone, Karen Lyncoln, Rose Carey, Kim Bezansen, Margie Phipps, Liz Jenkins, Terry Bolton, and Koli Zahn. Sitting: Kelli Wold, Teresa Friede, and Darlena Owens. Team members not pictured include Pat Swan Smith, Judy Blunt, Cindy Torok, Joy Gabrielle, Bill Buitenhuis, and Cathy Rapp.
August 12, 1999
Seeley Swan Pathfinder
Seeley Lake, Montana
By Karen Lyncoln
For the Pathfinder
Members of the Seeley Lake Hillbillies donated almost $2,000 to the Relay for Life, a team event to raise money for the American Cancer Society. The team spent the weekend of July 17-18 at Big Sky High School in Missoula walking around the tract. Team members dressed as hillbillies, complete with straw hats and hand-painted freckles.
A second team from Seeley Lake included Autumn Biggins, Andy Gideon, Kepler Correia, Erin Cassidy, and Jesse Shea. This team was sponsored by The Filling Station and raised over $300.
Rose Carey, the Seeley Lake Coordinator for cancer survivors, gave out 15 T-shirts to cancer survivors in the Seeley Lake area, many of whom came to the relay to walk the first lap - the survivor's lap of the relay.
Over 250 friends and relatives were honored by individual luminarias that were lit in an emotional ceremony at 10:30 Saturday night. Bill Buitenhuis raised the most money for the Hillbillies' donation by selling luminarias - over $460 worth. Judy Blunt raised over $350 by selling neck massages for $1 a minute.
In total, members of the Seeley Lake Hillbillies have raised over $2,650 for cancer charities this year. Team fund raising events included a booth at the Senior Citizen Bazaar last December and a rummage sale held in May.
In addition to the donation to the American Cancer Society, the Hillbillies donated $500 to the Missoula County Cancer Association, an organization that gives direct grants of up to $750 for cancer patients. The team also donated $150 to the Susan G. Komen Foundation for its Race for the Cure for breast cancer research.
Members of the Hillbillies team plan to meet later this summer to discuss plans for future fund raising events. If you would like to be part of this team, please call Karen Lyncoln at 677-2407 or stop in at Books, Yarn, and More for additional information.