WAYNESBURG – On May 4 and 5, people from all over Greene County put on their tennis shoes and came together to help raise money for cancer treatment and research through Relay for Life.
On May 3, Rolling Meadows Nursing and Rehabilitation held its own charity event for the 11th year in a row, the Rock-A-Thon.
The event consisted of residents of Rolling Meadows and members of the community taking a seat in large wooden rocking chairs and rocking, and as long of the participants kept rocking, they kept earning money for cancer research. The event raised $1,321.41.
The Rock-A-Thon was created for people of the community who still want to help support Relay for Life but are not capable of walking around a track for hours. Instead, the Rock-A-Thon has participants rock for as long as they felt inclined to from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
More than 100 people came out for the event, according to activities director Sharon Jeffries.
“It gets bigger and better every year,” said Jeffries. “It truly is a blessing.”
By adding new attractions such as the craft and vending show, karaoke and the Chinese auction, Jeffries has seen the event grow and grow each and every year.
The local community gave a helping hand by donating many objects to the Chinese auction. Local businesses, including Scotty’s and Fox’s Pizza, Jill’s Jungle, McCracken Pharmacy and others, donated many things to the cause, from gift certificates to herbs. Staff workers donated crafts they had made, such as a stain glass lamp and a table runner.
The craft and vendors also gave 10 percent of their earnings for the day to the cause.
According to Jeffries, even when things became a bit difficult, it all seemed to work out in the end.
“J.K. Kraich had been with us for karaoke each year, but he became ill and was not able to be there with us,” said Jeffries. “But one of his good friends named John Buchanan, who was going to surprise J.K., came out and served as DJ for us.”
Rolling Meadows plans to continue to have the Rock-A-Thon next year.