Raising money to donate to The American Cancer Society has been a full-time "job" for Annette and Mike Dey since the year 2000 A.D. That wast the year that Mike Dey attended his first Relay For Life as a part of a line dance contingent spear-headed by Fred and Ro Lord. The dancer's mission was to provide entertainment for the Relayers and their families who were participating in an overnight Relay Event in North Anne Arundel County. As Mike left the field that night, he stopped to look and listen to the relayers who were doing their part to help The American Cancer Society. Mike resolved that someday he would do something personally to contribute in a more meaningful way. Three years later, Mike and Annette had met dancing, again with Fred and Ro, at I.B.E.W. They joined forces and started their own dance team which they named "All In The Family". That first year they raised over $3500 dollars for Relay For Life. To date they have raised over $188,000 dollars through a variety of "adventures" in thinking outside the box. Here is a partial list of ideas they have tried out:
SOUP ANYONE? Annette and her girlfriends spent a day making and decorating four wonderful "Soup-In-A-Jar" recipes. The theme was Christmas gifts for Family, Friends and Co-Workers. Over a thousand dollars was raised that first year as Annette and Mike did their Costco Taste Test impersonations at a variety of events where $10 Mason Jars of great tasting soup was demonstrated and served.
QUILTS-R-US Mike's sister Sharon Dey donated a quilt with over 800 dollars of material and a year's effort in the making. Her efforts helped raise over $2200.00 that year and one lucky lady in the I.B.E.W. crowd of dancers walked away with a quilt made by the Missouri State Grand Champion Quilter.
WORLD'S BIGGEST YARD SALE! In about 2007, Annette and Mike decided there had to be an easier way to raise money. They cleaned out their closets and basement in order to hold their first YARD SALE for RELAY! That first yard sale raised a little over $500 in one 4 hour period of sitting around and watching people have a great time looking for treasure! Once they had depleted their own "treasures", the couple decided to ramp up their efforts. They began to ask others to donate their own treasures for the yard sale with the proviso that once donated, Annette and Mike would pick-up the items, clean and repair them, store them, display them, price them and sell them. 100 % of any and all money earned would be donated to Relay For Life. Years 2007 through 2018 have since rolled by. In the early years, as many as 12 yard sales a year were held. Eleven years later and a few days older, the twosome averages 2-4 yard sales a year. There have been yard sales held in the Frosty mornings of February, the near 100 degree heat of August, the windswept days of an impending Hurricane Isabel, but mostly, pleasant sunny days of friendship. The yard sale grew to engulf the entire downstairs of a 2000 foot square house; the two-car garage, the 20 x 40 foot back deck, the 10x25 foot side yard, the front porch and the 20 x40 foot driveway. It branched out to include a Furniture section on a neighbors driveway across the street. It grew and it grew! It became known locally as THE WORLD'S BIGGEST YARD SALE and an email list of over 70 regulars was quickly established. This continuing effort has raised over $150,000 over the lifetime of the yard sale, averaging an amazing $1105.00 per sale. There were $2400 dollar days and $350 dollar days, but on average an AMAZING $1105.00. How did they do it? With a lot of HELP FROM THEIR FRIENDS. That is how Annette and Mike like to operate. That is why they call their team ALL IN THE FAMILY. Anyone who contributes time, effort, goods, services, money, support of any kind is automatically registered as a Life-Member of the team.
COME DANCE WITH US The idea for the CANCER DANCER came from another Dance Family member from I.B.E.W. Annette and Mike attended many of Beverly Goines and Charley Goines' Red-Hat Ladies Line Dance Workshops over the years and decided that combining a love of dancing and a desire to be a Difference-Maker would be the perfect way to raise money for The American Cancer Society. In 2013, they held their First Cancer Dancer at Cancun Cantina, where they first met and fell in love. That effort produced $3500 dollars. In 2017, the Fifth Annual Cancer Dancer raise $10,100 dolars for a total of over $32,000 raised in 5 dances. 2018 planning is well under way and hopes are high that a new high total will be raised....Again with the help of a large number of outstanding friends and supporters. Won't you COME DANCE WITH US? Do it because you can. BE THERE!
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