Each year, individuals and their friends form teams and spend months planning, organizing and hosting activities to raise funds to participate in American Cancer Society Relay for Life events held at various sites throughout Maine.
The types of fundraisers range from benefit suppers to dances to car washes.
One team participating in the Penobscot Relay for Life launched a new fundraiser last year that was so successful they are trying it again this year.
The Estelle’s Angels team, based in Old Town, is made up of family members of the late Estelle Levesque, who was diagnosed with cancer in 2001 and died of the disease in 2006.
During those years, Estelle was involved with several ACS Relay for Life teams that finished the events as the top fundraiser and, in her final year, Estelle served as the honorary chairwoman for the event that was then known as the Old Town Relay for Life.
So last year Estelle’s Angels team captain Lisa Mahaney of Alton and team members Adam and Jenn Mahaney of Old Town, David and Nicki Levesque of Milford, Linda St. Peter of Greenbush, Robin Mishou of Old Town and Dolores Stone of Hudson, hosted Estelle’s Angels first benefit comedy show.
It was a tremendous success, Jenn Mahaney told me, raising $2,010 for the Penobscot Relay for Life and, added with other money raised throughout the year, helped bring the team’s 2010 grand total to $6,095.
“We weren’t the top fundraiser,” Jenn said, “but we did win the Team Spirit Award.”
That special spirit is being carried into this year’s fundraising, which already includes the team’s fourth annual July yard and bake sale that raised $860.
And now it’s time for Estelle’s Angels second annual benefit comedy show at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, at the Old Town Elks Lodge on Fourth Street.
The show stars Adam Hatch, Jeremy White, Travis Cowing and Freddie Stone, and admission is $15 each or two for $25.
Because the show features explicit content, team members remind attendees this show is recommended for mature audience members.
Tickets are available by calling 394-2833 or 949-3158, and at Keith Trembley Builders on County Road in Milford.
“We would really like to fill the hall, which holds 250 people,” Mahaney said. “Last year we had just over 200 attending so, this year, if people call with reservations for eight, we will reserve a table for them and they won’t have to come so early to be sure they can sit together.”
The event also includes a 50-50 raffle and a cash bar, and all proceeds benefit the ACS Relay for Life. For information, call the numbers above, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit facebook.com/estellesangels.
The team members listed above are all members of Estelle’s family, Mahaney said, but when the team has a major event or the date of the actual relay nears, others join to help them either raise funds for ACS or participate in the relay itself.
In addition to the yard and bake sale and the comedy show, Estelle’s Angels conducts an annual bottle drive and hold raffles for things such as Boston Red Sox baseball tickets and gift certificates for restaurants and movies.
So keep your eye out for news of future Estelle’s Angels fundraisers and, in the meantime, if you’re in the mood for some good, live, adult comedy and want to help raise funds for cancer research, plan to attend Estelle’s Angels second annual comedy show.