And for many years the Relay for Life has worked to raise funds to promote cancer awareness as well as to hopefully one day find a cure for the disease. Locally, a group known as “Charlie’s Angels” has worked for the past five years to raise money for the cause.
The group has conducted several Relay for Life activities in support of the American Cancer Society, including the annual Charlie’s Angels Golf Benefit. Charlie’s Angels work to raise funds in memory of local teacher, Angela “Charlie” Lilly, who died from breast cancer in 2005 at the age of 38. Lilly was an active member of the community as she was employed by the Mason County Board of Education, where she taught for 14 years as a special education teacher. She also was a member of the First Church of God in Point Pleasant. In addition, Lilly had two children, Gage Peaytt, now 11, and Dustin Peaytt, now 20; two sisters, Wendy Lilly and Jackie Stewart; and one brother, Eugene Lilly.
Charlie’s Angels hope to raise even more funds with this year’s golf benefit, which is scheduled for May 14 at the Riverside Golf Course in Mason. The event is a four person scramble with two shot gun starts. Tee times are slated to run from 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m., while registration is set for 7 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Due to the high level of participation, entry fees should be submitted as soon as possible. Entry fees are $75 per person and $300 for a team. Hole scholarships also are available for $150 and can be purchased by contacting one of the Charlie’s Angels.
This year’s proceeds will support three different charitable projects. Twenty-five percent of the proceeds will be used to establish and begin building a permanent local endowment fund, the Angela “Charlie” Lilly Memorial Fund, at the Mason County Community Foundation; and 25 percent of the profits will be donated to the American Cancer Society through the Charlie’s Angels Relay for Life Team.
With the memorial fund, once endowed, it will annually provide support for local educational and church related programs and projects in Mason County. Those who would like to give to the fund can do so by sending donations to the Angela “Charlie” Lilly Memorial Fund, Mason County Community Foundation, P.O. Box 66, Point Pleasant, WV 25550. All gifts will be acknowledged by the community foundation as tax deductible.
“We are pleased to work with Charlie’s Angels and the Lilly family to establish this community fund to support local educational and church programs in Charlie’s memory. Charlie was an outstanding individual who cared deeply for her community and its youth,” Jane Winters, community foundation affiliates manager, said. “ This fund will allow Charlie to forever make an impact on our community.
Also, 50 percent of this year’s earnings will support medical expenses for five year-old Kaleb Daniel Rapp. Rapp, of Bidwell, Ohio, was recently diagnosed with medullablastoma, which is a form of brain cancer. Rapp has already undergone surgery and will be receiving radiation and chemotherapy treatments over the next few months (for more information on Rapp and the HelpKaleb cause see the April 5 edition of the Point Pleasant Register).
To register for the upcoming golf benefit, contact the Charlie’s Angels: Wendy Lilly, 304-593-3045; Karen Meadows, 304-675-4216; Ashley Cossin, 304-812-7190; or Mike Barton, 304-675-3736.