Paint the town purple for Relay for Life

SANDUSKY A group of teenagers were spotted covering the windows of local businesses with purple pain
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010



A group of teenagers were spotted covering the windows of local businesses with purple paint on Friday afternoon.

But this grape-colored graffiti isn't what you might think.

"We're painting the town purple," said Gretchen Gasteier, 18, co-captain of the Determined Dancers and Crew Relay for Life Team.

The Determined Dancers and Crew spent their Friday afternoon promoting their upcoming fundraiser to benefit the American Cancer Society.

The team, whose 38 members range in age from 12 to 22, will host "Paint the Town Purple" from 1-9 p.m. May 31 at Shoreline Park in downtown Sandusky.

The event will feature live music, ballroom dance performances, martial arts demonstrations, gymnastics, contests and activities for children and adults of all ages.

The event will close with a balloon send-off to honor cancer survivors and remembers those who've died.

All proceeds from the "Paint the Town Purple" event will benefit the American Cancer Society Relay for Life at Perkins High School this June.

Co-captain Kaitlin Garman, 18, said the event is raise awareness in hopes of a big turnout at Relay for Life.

The Determined Dancers and Crew, led by team captain Maggie Ellison, said they're trying to make a lasting impression on their hometown before they set off for college and careers. They're also working to break the preconceptions some adults may have about teenagers.

"I don't think they realize how capable young adults really are," said Janelle Erne, 18, a senior at Sandusky High School.

"People just need to have more faith in the youth today," Gasteier said.

The team said the event has taken a lot of planning and many phone calls but it's a cause close to their hearts.

"For most of us, somebody we know has been affected by cancer," said Phil Dinovo, 18.

Want to go?

WHAT: Paint the Town Purple, Relay for Life fundraiser

WHEN: 1-9 p.m. May 31

WHERE: Shoreline Park, downtown Sandusky