Choc Fest at Paramount boosts cancer research

The Henry-Stark Eagles soar for the cure

Several members of the Henry-Stark Relay for Life team stand behind a few of their chocolate offerings at the Choc Fest the team held this past Sunday at the Paramount Theater in Wyoming. From left to right: Sarah Brody, Tina Wilkins, Rachel Brody, Betty DeWolfe, Jackie Hampton, Cassie Moats and Susan Perkins.

By Jim Nowlan
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The Choc Fest put on Sunday by the Henry-Stark Eagles team of Relay for Life featured a groaning board of chocolate delights that ran most of the length of the auditorium of the Paramount Theater in Wyoming. All chocolate creations were made by team members.

The Henry-Stark Eagles team has raised “well over $50,000 in the two decades the team has been raising funds for cancer research,” according to team member Amanda Bickett, of Wyoming.

There are about 20 members on the Eagles team, and there are about 10-12 teams in this multi-county region.

“Over the past five years,” Amanda continued, “our team has been in the top five, I would say.”

The Choc Fest was the Eagles first event of the year, and will be followed by a motorcycle ride in May, some smaller events, and then the major Relay for Life fundraiser at Windmont Park in Kewanee in August.

The name “Eagles” came from volunteer extraordinaire Peg Gray, of Wyoming, according to Amanda, because it represents “soaring for the cure of cancer.”

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