As part of KIWA Radio’s 50th Anniversary year in 2011, the station solicited recipes from our listeners, and compiled them into a cookbook, with profits designated for The American Cancer Society Relays For Life in O’Brien, Osceola, Lyon and Sioux Counties.
The final chapter of that fund-raising promotion came to a close Monday, with the presentation of four $750 checks to each of the four counties’ chapters totaling an additional $3,000 from the cookbook sales.
KIWA’s “Chunk & Punk” presented the checks on behalf of the station, with Wayne “Punk” Barahona presenting a check to Cindy Runger, chairperson of O’Brien County’s Relay For Life Committee. Runger thanked the KIWA staff and listeners for their efforts in making the cookbook promotion a success.
Tom “Chunk” Traughber presented the checks for Lyon and Sioux Counties to Caryline Lowe of the American Cancer Society. Lowe also talked about the amazing support the cookbook promotion provided to Relay For Life.
Barahona also presented the check to Osceola County Relay For Life Chair Jackie Kannegieter, who told us that the primary use for the monies raised, not only from the cookbook promotion, but from Relay For Life in general, is for research into finding a cure for cancer as quickly as possible.
The ladies said that in addition to research, funds are used for such things as lodging expenses for cancer patients and their caregivers when seeking treatment at out-of-town facilities.
The 2012 Relays For life will be held June 15th in Sioux County, June 22nd in O’Brien County, June 29th in Lyon County, and August 3rd in Osceola County.
With the presentation of these final checks, the total donated to Relay For Life in the four far northwest counties of Iowa comes to a total of $13,000. KIWA Radio, and the Relay For Life Representatives, want to thank you, our listeners, for making this project a huge success.
By Tom Traughber
Photo Caption: Bobbi and Jackie accept the check for Osceola County from Wayne.