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Bethesda Blaze


The “Bethesda Blaze” Relay for Life Team for the American Cancer Society is a group of friends (Bethesda members & others) with a common goal – to help fight cancer and one day find a cure for this dreaded disease. The group formed over 15 years ago and has raised over $99,900 by holding various fundraisers including bake sales, pizza & candy bar sales, bowling, pancake breakfasts, motorcycle rides, guest bartending nights, silent auctions and raffles.


We are anxious to expand our team and would like to have you to join in our fight against cancer.  If you’ve participated in the past, we’d love to have you back.  If you’ve only heard about it, come join us!  You can become as involved as you’d like – so don’t be afraid to commit.  Feel free to ask family and friends – young and old - to join the team – no need to be Bethesda members! 


Watch for our fundraising events in the coming months. For additional information, feel free to contact either of the names listed below.  We look forward to having you join us.   Together we can make a difference!




Alicia Burkholder (Team Captain)


Phone: (309) 236-6238


Andrea Dalton


Phone: (815) 772-4929

(Pictured L-R Front Row:)  
Betty Dennis- Prophetstown Royal Neighbors Chapter 516 Recorder/Treasurer presenting check  to  Alicia  Burkholder  -  Team Captain for Bethesda Blaze,   Donna Brooks–RNA member,  ( middle row) Blaze members: Andrea Dalton,  Jen Chambers & Mary Ellen Brackemyer  & (back row- Blaze member)  Nancy Usterbowski  & Mike Hamilton - owner of Hilltop Lanes.   Absent from the picture were: Terry Gaskill-Prophetstown Royal Neighbors Chapter 516 Event Planner and  Blaze members:  Kathy Janicek,  Amber Rolland, Ally Hartman, Tammy Wollesen, Jacki Gorzny, Bonnie Phend  &  Marsha Geerts.


“Bethesda Blaze” Relay For Life Team from Bethesda Lutheran Church, Morrison, IL supported by Prophetstown Royal Neighbors of America, Chapter 516 held their annual “Let’s Strike Out Cancer” Scotch Doubles tournament on Saturday, January 25th , 2017 at Hilltop Lanes in Morrison.  The event included 2 shifts with 96 bowlers taking their turns on the lanes.  There were door prizes, snacks and several raffles with all proceeds going to the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life of Whiteside County.  The Relay will be held on Saturday,  June 3rd, 2017 at Hinders Field in Rock Falls.  Mike Hamilton, owner of Hilltop Lanes in Morrison, IL,  provided the bowling alley for this fundraiser

This year’s event raised $1,819.25 with an additional $1,000 in Matching Funds being donated by Royal Neighbors of America – Chapter #516 of Prophetstown, IL, for a total of  $2,819.25 collected for the event.  The team has ranked in the top 3 teams in Whiteside County each year for the past 8 years and was the 2nd place team for 2016.  Since it formed in 2001, the team has raised over $112,529 in the fight against cancer by holding various fundraisers such as bake sales,  Scotch Doubles Bowling events, breakfasts at DQ Grill & Chill, bake sales, motorcycle rides, guest bartending nights, silent auctions & raffles plus personal fundraising and matching funds.

The team would like to thank all that attended and supported the event with special thanks going to Mike Hamilton of Hilltop Lanes and also to Royal Neighbors of America – Chapter #516 of Prophetstown, IL. 

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