Posted by: Jamie Stamm | April 18, 2008

Sanford, you should be proud

I have to admit that one of the least favorite parts of my job is assembling the daily community calendar.

Don’t get me wrong – I think the community calendar is a true gem because it provides a catch-all for upcoming events that were otherwise scattered all about the paper.

But from my perspective, this calendar is A LOT of work. Thankfully, most of our readers have begun e-mailing their submissions, so that I just have to copy, paste and edit their information, which makes life a little easier. But I still get dozens of events each week, and keeping track of them all can get a little confusing.

This afternoon, as I was placing the calendars for Friday and Sunday’s papers (I’m sure not many of you realize that the Sunday Carolina section goes to press Thursday night so that it can be stuffed with all of those lovely inserts that come in your Sunday paper), I was particularly struck by the number of fundraisers planned for this weekend.

So if you’re extra hungry today, Cub Scout 953 is holding a spaghetti dinner at Shallow Well Church, or you can head over to Lee County High School, where the Kiwanis Club of Lee County will be selling hot dogs at the LCHS baseball game against Fuquay-Varina. Both events will benefit projects of these service organizations.

On Saturday, two yard sales are planned to benefit Relay for Life of Lee County, one at A Storage Place on Wilson Road and another at Carolina Women’s Fitness Center on Center Church Road. That evening, the Angels in the Outfield Relay for Life team will host a free Hee Haw Variety Show at Haywood Bible Church in Moncure, with an offering taken to benefit Relay. And at the Lee County Arts and Community Center, the Bluegrass Experience will perform a benefit concert for LCACC.

On Sunday, the Central Carolina Jaycees Relay for Life Team will hold a scrap-a-thon for scrapbooking experts, as well as those who aren’t so crafty. (Specifics for all of these events can be found – where else? – in the community calendar, which runs each day on Page 2C of the Herald.)

And that’s just this weekend. There are lots of other Relay for Life events planned in the coming weeks, including a bowling tournament, two golf tournaments and – my personal favorite – a day of Glamour Shots, as well as fundraisers benefiting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, the Sandhills Children’s Center, and Chatham Animal Rescue and Education, among others.

With all these events taking place locally, I think Sanford should take a second to pat itself on the back. The men, women and children of this community are truly showing their hearts – and their pride in their hometown – by taking time to give back, whether it be volunteering for these fundraisers or offering their support monetarily.

Sanford, you should be proud.

OK, that’s enough preening. If you are a Sanfordian, I believe you have some money to raise.

And I have a calendar to edit.

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