Letters to the Editor: April 14 – 20, 2011


Supporters Thanked for Help With Grad Party Effort


The George Mason High School All Night Graduation Celebration Committee for 2011 would like to thank the “hundreds” of parents, students, teachers, and strong community supporters who turned out for the 2nd Annual Byrd Feeder event on Saturday, March 19 at Clare and Don’s Beach Shack.

The ANGC provides an alcohol and drug-free celebration and allows our community to keep our graduates safe, while offering them a wonderful way to celebrate all night with their classmates on one of the highest risk nights for teens. This is the 20th year of the Falls Church ANGC program.

We would like to thank Mr. Tyrone Byrd, George Mason High School principal, for showing his grand sense of humor in lending his name to promote the Byrd Feeder and for being a gracious and welcoming host. His wholehearted support for this annual event is a major key to its continuing success.

Both the 1st and 2nd Annual Byrd Feeders could not have been done without the generous support of Clare and Don’s Beach Shack. Last year David and Rebecca Tax, owners of Clare and Don’s, helped us format the event to be the terrific event it is. They not only provide part of the proceeds from the meals served but they also provide auction items from their own business along with coordinating other donations from their business contacts. We appreciate all that they do for our program and our children.

We would also like to thank the other businesses who supported our program with their generous donations to the silent auction: Arbonne, Argia’s Restaurant, Functional Fitness, Old Dominion Breweryand Red, White and Bleu. We’d also like to thank the GMHS Athletic Department for their generous donations. Special thanks go to DKG Designs for creating and donating the official Byrd Feeder shirts worn by the GMHS students to promote the event.

Most of all, thank you to our supportive community family, in the George Mason High School, in the other Falls Church schools, and in the Falls Church community at large for your attendance, your bids and your donations. Along with your generous support we hope you had a great time.

Melissa Morse

Co-Chair Byrd Feeder Committee, ANGC 0f 2011


Cancer Survivors Prepare Another ‘Relay for Life’


The Centers for Disease Control recently reported that the number of cancer survivors in the United States is growing by hundreds of thousands a year, and now includes roughly one in 20 adults. Based on that projection, there are approximately 470 cancer survivors living in the City of Falls Church today.

As a cancer survivor myself, I want to encourage all my fellow survivors to join me for the 5th Annual Relay For Life of Falls Church, which will be held the night of Saturday June 4 on the football field at George Mason High School. This year’s relay will begin with a special reception for survivors, care givers and families at 5 p.m. This provides a wonderful opportunity for cancer survivors to meet and support each other. Then, at 6 p.m., survivors will start the Relay for Life by walking a celebratory lap around the track, followed by a lap in which they can be joined by their caregivers.

Last year, the Relay For Life of Falls Church brought out 80 teams and hundreds of participants under the auspices of the American Cancer Society. This year, we really want to celebrate survivorship by encouraging every team to identify a survivor willing to serve as their honorary co-captain. All of the hard work and fund-raising goes to a cause we can all support-finding a cure for cancer.

Please help us celebrate the cancer survivors in our community by registering with us at www.fallschurchrelay.org.

Chris Lanier

Survivors’ Reception Chairman

2011 Relay For Life of Falls Church


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