The corporate sponsor of the Lafayette County Relay for Life for 2015 is the Sieg Foundation.
The Sieg Foundation is a non-profit charitable organization that was founded in 2001 to honor the memory of Kurt O. Siegenthaler, who passed away at the age of 36 after a battle with cancer.
The Sieg Foundation raises funds to help cancer related causes, and to benefit local charities, organizations and families in Darlington, Kurt’s hometown. The foundation is run by a board including: Mark Whalen, Tim Nethery, Todd Johnson, Tim Osterday and Jennifer Barry.
“We thought being the corporate sponsor this year was a great idea,” said Mark Whalen, Sieg Foundation board member. “It’s a very worthy cause, and it’s a good fit for us.”
Whalen noted that at least three or four times a year, the Sieg Foundation sends a donation check to individuals or families dealing with cancer, along with a motivational letter of support.
“We feel that it’s important to do that,” explained Whalen. “We want people to know that we’re behind them and thinking about them, because cancer is a horrible thing to go through.”
The Sieg Foundation hosts their annual fundraiser, The Sieg Classic in Darlington each year. This year’s event was held on June 12, and raised around $55,000, with one of the largest turnouts, according to Whalen.
Recently the Sieg Foundation has also made donations to the Driver Opera House restoration project, the high school football field lighting project and new basketball hoops at Sieg Field.
“We are proud and happy to be the 2015 sponsor for Relay for Life,” said Whalen. “We think it’s a great event and it’s great that everyone comes out on that day to raise money for the American Cancer Society. We’re getting closer to a cure because of towns around the country putting money and rallying towards the cause. It wouldn’t be possible without towns like Darlington.”
Darlington will host the Lafayette County Relay for Life on Saturday, Aug. 8 and Sunday, Aug. 9 at Collins Park. On Saturday the opening ceremony will begin at 6 p.m. and will include the national anthem and opening prayer, introduction of honorary co-chairs and corporate sponsor representatives, the balloon launch and the survivor’s lap. At 6:45 kid’s activities will begin, at 7:30 p.m. will be the cake auction and the luminaria and bloominaria ceremony will be at 10 p.m.
On Sunday the closing ceremony will be held at 9 a.m.