AC’s Relay for Life Presents Check to American Cancer Society

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Gary Stallard
Sports Information Director Gary Stallard, who also serves as a Liberal Arts Instructor, begins his eleventh season with Angelina College. Following a career as a U.S. Marine, Stallard completed his bachelor’s degree at Stephen F. Austin University, where he majored in English and Journalism. For more than 16 years, he has worked as a sports writer/columnist/photographer for the Lufkin Daily News; he continues to contribute free-lance articles on occasion. Stallard has won several awards for writing, including the Golden Hoops Award for basketball writing in 2003, Regional Sports Writer of the Year in 2004, and the Texas Press Association’s first-place award for column writing in 2007 and in 2014. He has also done basketball, football and baseball radio and live streaming play-by- play and color commentary for an ESPN affiliate. Currently Stallard serves as play-by-play broadcaster for AC basketball, baseball and softball games. Prior to arriving at Angelina College, Stallard taught English at Lufkin High School for four years. He currently teaches Developmental Writing classes at AC. He and his wife Susan live in Lufkin.

Angelina College’s Relay for Life group capped a year’s worth of fund-raising events with a recent check presentation to the American Cancer Society of Angelina County.

The group presented Paige Reynolds of the ACS-AC with a check totaling nearly $4,000 raised via such activities as the Coaches vs. Cancer athletic events, a year-round raffle, t-shirt sales, the annual Kiss the Pig contest and the Dress the Prez Day at AC.

AC sponsors Suzi Honeywell and Tonya LaForge also received trophies for their groups’ efforts: A first-place trophy for t-shirt design and a second-place trophy for the Race to Recovery.

Honeywell credited AC students with helping make the year a success.

“Students from the Business and Professional Speaking classes were primarily responsible for all the leg work involved, all the printing and distribution of the fliers, collecting the money for the Kiss the Pig and Dress the Prez contests. They also delivered t-shirts around the campus to everyone who ordered them. They were an amazing group this year, and I’m so proud of them.”

Honeywell also praised Dana Smithhart for helping Relay for Life return to the Angelina College campus.”

“AC had not participated for years, and Dana and I had worked together on the Lufkin Panther Football Mother’s Club,” Honeywell said. “When someone mentioned AC hadn’t been involved in Relay for Life in a while, Dana basically volunteered me.”

Following this year – her second as a sponsor – Honeywell will relinquish her duties to LaForge.

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