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Pioneer Electric Relay for Life Team Raises $5,757.64

8/19/2011 4:12:43 PM

At the beginning of 2011, the Pioneer Electric Relay for Life team started planning their fundraisers and set an aggressive goal to raise $5,000. When the goal was set, many thought it was too high and that they would come up short. Not only did the team meet their goal, they exceeded it, by raising $5,757.64.

At the beginning of 2011, the Pioneer Electric Relay for Life team started planning their fundraisers and set an aggressive goal to raise $5,000. When the goal was set, many thought it was too high and that they would come up short. Not only did the team meet their goal, they exceeded it, by raising $5,757.64.

Many of the team members have personal reasons for raising the funds for Relay for Life, as they have had family members that lost their battle with cancer or are currently fighting the battle. The Pioneer Electric team consisted of co-captains, Mike Salsbury and Sheila Mason, Maggie Carrithers, Stephanie Cortez, Richard Findley, Brandi Fowler, Deyton Hager, Les Koehn, Kevin Kolars, Dee Longoria, Amanda Mason, Melissa Morales, Ross Riley, Alyssa Riley and Tina Sullins.

They began their fundraising in February by having a chili feed and continued with a bake sale, car wash, and shotgun and grill raffles. They also served hotdogs at the Grant County Car Show and dished up homemade ice cream at their car wash. Mike Salsbury, Pioneer Electric journeyman lineman and team co-captain said, "I was surprised that the bake sale was our second biggest fundraiser - we raised over $880! Our biggest money-maker was the shotgun raffle."

Kevin Kolars, Pioneer Electric apprentice lineman, was crowned Mr. Relay at the event on Friday, July 8. Kevin was completely dressed in women's apparel and even sported a black pair of stockings and high heels. Kevin raised $150 at the Relay for Life walk and was crowned Mr. Relay. Kevin said, "I took one for the team; I had to have some help getting dressed and it was hot with all the makeup and clothing I had on, but it was all worth it!"

The team would like to congratulate Iris Schwindt for winning the grill and $50 beef bundle and Simon Chavez for winning the shotgun raffle. They would also like to thank the following for their generosity: Bank of Ulysses for hosting the carwash, Steve Tarbet for donating the shotgun, Superior Livestock Auction for the $50 beef bundle, Pioneer Electric for the grill and Spencer Dimmitt for the $25 gift cards to the Fuel Barn and Syracuse and Southwest Plains Dairies for their healthy donations to the raffles.

"Together we all celebrate cancer survivors, remember those lost to cancer and fight back against this deadly disease. We'd like to thank the communities and individuals that helped support our team. Beyond fundraising, thank you for helping us spread awareness and increase knowledge," said Salsbury.

Salsbury added, "I was a little disappointed in the attendance at the Grant County Relay for Life this year. We had wonderful entertainment, but the grand stands were not as populated as I'd seen them in the past. Because of the low attendance and for personal reasons, I've decided to sign up to be on the 2012 Grant County Relay for Life planning committee and do my part to bring in the crowds and help with this worthy organization. I'm not joining to be a hero, I'm joining because I lost my mother, Linda Lou Salsbury, in 2008. If I can help fight this disease in any way possible, I'm willing to do that."

Anita Rock, Vice-President of Energy Services, said "The Pioneer family is extremely proud of our Relay for Life team. They did a great job - they exceeded their goal, worked well together as a team and raised a large donation for the fight against cancer."

Pioneer Electric Cooperative, Inc. is dedicated to providing members with safe and reliable electric service. Headquartered in Ulysses, Kansas, Pioneer Electric is a distribution cooperative owned and controlled by its members. Pioneer Electric serves approximately 15,900 retail electric meters spread throughout 10 counties in southwestern Kansas. The system is made up of more than 117 miles of transmission line, 3,600 miles of distribution line and 21 substations. All of Pioneer Electric’s electricity is generated in Holcomb, Kansas by Sunflower Electric Power Corporation, which is owned by Pioneer Electric and five other Kansas electric co-ops. Pioneer Electric is a Touchstone Energy Cooperative. For more information, visit http://www.pioneerelectric.coop.

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