Tuesday, September 29, 2020

City Team Off to a Good Start With Karaoke Night

Samantha Malloy and daughter Alexis sharing the stage.

Samantha Malloy and daughter Alexis sharing the stage.

By Maureen Chodaba

The American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life of Marco Island recently jump-started the 2017 fundraising season with a karaoke fest at Nacho Mamas. This fabulous evening was a fundraiser for the Relay For Life Team City of Hope (City of Marco Island).

The City of Hope Relay For Life team consists of members from all of the city departments, including the police and fire-rescue departments and their families. Approximately 75 people attended Karaoke Night. The first official fundraiser of the Relay season, the evening began with the beautiful voice of City of Hope team captain Samantha Malloy. Samantha, who is also the community events coordinator for the city, organized the event and was assisted by her coworkers, friends and family.

A quintet of five

Josh Ferris, MIPD sings for hope.

Josh Ferris, MIPD sings for hope.

ladies channeled the Supremes with their impressions of the Motown sound. City of Marco Island employees joined together in harmony and sang their rendition of “Lean On Me.”

When karaoke participation slowed down, City Manager Roger Hernstadt got the show going by making a $100 donation for each performance. Suddenly 10 groups signed up to sing, filling the evening with music, the spirit of hope, and a $1,000 donation from the Hernstadts.

Samantha says, “I am honored to be the City of Hope team captain and truly appreciate all of the help I receive from my fellow employees. Leslie Sanford, Patrick Hayman, Anthony DeLucia (aka DJ Steve Reynolds), and my sister-in-law, Michele O’Gorman worked the entire event with me. I cannot express how grateful I am

Dave sings at the City of Hope Karaoke Night. Submitted Photos

Dave sings at the City of Hope Karaoke Night. Submitted Photos

for the help and support from Jessica and Roger Hernstadt, all my co-workers, friends, and family who came out or even just donated for this important cause. One day we will find a cure!” She went on to say “Eric Phillips from Nacho Mama’s was so great to let us use his restaurant. He and his staff were fantastic and so gracious. We truly thank them for allowing us to hold our event there!”

The American Cancer Society (ACS) is grateful for team City of Hope’s fundraising efforts. If they could, they would sing their song of thanks! Mark your calendar now for the 2017 Relay For Life of Marco Island, April 1st at Veteran’s Park. For more information visit  www.relay.acsevents.org or call the ACS Marco Island office at 239-642-8800.

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