Relay for Life



Team "We Are Family"
Team “We are Family” supported by many SOTH/WinGS members took to the track on Saturday April 28th from 4pm to 5am Sunday, for the American Cancer Society, Relay for Life at Fountain Park.  Relay for Life is a community event where teams come together for one night in Fountain Hills to fight against cancer.  We walked the track throughout the night in support of all of those who have fought against cancer.  “Cancer never sleeps and for one night neither will we in our fight against cancer.”  The funds raised go toward the fight against all types of cancers. At the event we CELEBRATED cancer survivors through the Victory Lap and REMEMBERED those who lost the fight against cancer through a moving Luminaria ceremony.  The event raised over $30,000 and “We are Family” raised $6,244 which was the top fundraising team at the event. Many heartfelt thanks to all who supported this event with monetary donations and those who came to the park to cheer us on.  SOTH was also recognized as event sponsor for providing meeting rooms for all Relay for Life meetings and the use of the parking lot to host a fundraising rummage sale.


Matthew Community



Picture: left to right: Shepherd of the Hills (SOTH) Missions Action Team co-chairperson, Sue Bye, and SOTH Grant sponsor Gail Hanson, present check to Weekender Food Bags project members Regina Vernaskas and Mary Lou Cecilio.

Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church (SOTH) presented ‘Matthew Community’ members of the Catholic Church of the Ascension in Fountain Hills a check for $1,000 to support the Fountain Hills Weekender Food Bags project. The SOTH Foundation has also contributed $700 to the project.

This project delivers food bags to local schools each Friday to provide nutritional food for children on the weekends.  It costs about $1,000 a month in donations to fund the Fountain Hills program.

Food is delivered to FH elementary, Middle School, Charter School, and FH High School students.  The ‘Matthew Community’ works with Arizona Brainfood, a non-profit organization in Mesa.  Each week a group travels to Mesa to assist Arizona Brainfood and its packing operations.  To volunteer to help in the program, contact Regina Vernaskas at 837-2407.

Tumbleweed, Phoenix Youth Resource Center Click Here - Tumbleweed provides basic needs for homeless and at-risk youth ages 12-25.

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Mission Gift Catalog Click Here – Organizations which have been reviewed and identified as good, reliable organizations for individual mission donations.
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