Toronto Junior/Senior High to sponsor relay

TORONTO – The city junior/senior high school is gearing up for its annual Relay for Life fundraiser for the American Cancer Society Jefferson County Chapter by sponsoring a community breakfast on April 8, with Jim Tressel, former Ohio State University football coach.

The event, scheduled with doors opening at 8 a.m. and the breakfast buffet to begin at 8:30 a.m., will feature breakfast with the former coach, a meet-and-greet session and a speech by Tressel, according to Maureen Taggart, high school principal and district communications coordinator.

“Each year at the school we host a mini-relay for life to raise funds for the Jefferson County unit of the American Cancer Society,” said Taggart, adding individual teams will be led by different teachers. “We’re going to continue with that again. The actual school relay will be May 16, but we’re beginning our fundraising efforts now.”

The breakfast with Tressel will be the first fundraiser for the cancer society, and there is a $20 general admission, said Taggart.

“During the event we’ll have the breakfast buffet with Jim Tressel in the school cafetorium,” she continued. “A majority of the funds raised will go to the American Cancer Society, but a portion of the proceeds will go toward the Tressel Family Cancer Fund. (Tressel) has lost both of his parents to cancer.”

The event is begin co-organized by Taggart and Eric Meek, Toronto High School football coach.

“Eric Meek and I both have lost our mothers to cancer,” she said. “I think everyone can relate to or know someone who’s had cancer. Everyone in the community is invited to attend. We have approximately 250 seats, and we’ve already sold half of those.”

Taggart said for information or a seat, call the high school, at (740) 537-2442.

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