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Dale to lead kids’ museum

Cheryl Dale has been chosen as executive director of the new Children’s Museum on Bainbridge Island, the organization’s board announced Monday.

Dale brings strong leadership and over 21 years of sales and marketing and business and program development experience to the Children’s Museum, the board said.

She is the founder of Bainbridge Public Schools Trust, has held the position of PTO President for three years at Blakely Elementary and Sakai Intermediate School, and is in her second term on the Bainbridge Island School Board where she has served as president and vice president.

“Cheryl brings a wealth of knowledge to the Children’s Museum,” said Molly Hogger, board president, in announcing the appointment. “She has a proven track record as a strong community leader with the right mix of skills to manage a growing nonprofit.”

The science, culture and arts- driven museum is 84 percent funded and will open its doors in March 2005.

Over the next several months, volunteers will be installing the opening exhibits and completing renovations on the facility, located at 305 Madison Avenue.

Nearly all materials, from paint to carpet, have been donated by community businesses.

Information: www.cmobi.org.

New cancer event planned

In 1985, Dr. Gordy Klatt took the first step in a 24-hour walk/run event to raise money for the American Cancer Society.

Today, teams trade off walking and running over 24 hours in Relay for Life, the organization’s signature event with more than 4,200 nationwide.

“It’s not really about the money, it’s about what the money can do and providing information to participants and soliciting volunteers during the event,” said John Taylor, community relationship manager for the society.

Three Relay for Life events have been running in Kitsap County for about six years in Bremerton, Port Orchard and Poulsbo.

Taylor has been setting up new events from Puget Sound to the ocean, and hopes to get one started on Bainbridge Island.

The success of events like “Race for the Cure” raising money and awareness for breast cancer through the Susan G. Komen Foundation have helped dethrone breast cancer as the leading cause of cancer mortality in women.

Relay for Life is an event to generate excitement, funds and raise awareness for all types of cancer, Taylor said.

Last year, this event generated $10 million nationwide for the ACS whose mission is to eliminate all forms of cancer.

The relay generated nearly half the budget of ACS, which uses the money for research projects, education and services to cancer patients.

Of money raised, just 5 percent goes to overhead and 15 percent goes to out-of-pocket expenses to host the events.

Relay for Life also helps ACS raise awareness in its educational mission. Taylor points out that two-thirds of all cancers are caused by lifestyle choices such as smoking and dietary choices. “We could eliminate one-third of cancer by getting people not to smoke,” Taylor said.

Relay for Life is also an event for people with cancers for which there may not be a specific event.

“We’re not here to compete (with other cancer organizations), we’re here to compelment,” Taylor said. “The more people marshalled to fight cancer the better.”

Those interested in volunteering or getting more information about Relay for Life can contact John Taylor at (253) 272-5767 ext. 221 or john.taylor@cancer.org or visit www.cancer.org.

– Tina Lieu

Second teen charged

A 14-year-old Bainbridge girl has been charged with felony theft for allegedly taking an SUV from her parents, a vehicle used during an Aug. 23 joyriding incident in which another teen, Sarah Gillette, was killed.

If convicted, the Bainbridge High School freshman faces up to 30 days in detention and 150 hours of community service, said Deputy Prosecutor Todd Dowell.

The driver of the car, also 14, pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide and was sentenced to 15 to 36 weeks in detention last week.

She has since left Bainbridge High and is to report to the Juvenile Rehabilitation Agency on Jan. 2 for detention.

– Rhonda Manville

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