Monday, August 24, 2015
By Bixyl Shuftan
On Sunday August 16, a memorial service was held for Lumiere Noir. The longtime resident was best known for his building of the Ivory Tower of Prims in the Natoma sim, which had a detailed, and the best known, library of lessons and tutorials for learning how to build with prims and scripting. Known as Vice Frost in real life, a high school teacher of Plano Texas, he had passed away on Monday August 10.
The event began about 1PM SL time. It was scheduled to be at the Ivory Tower. But there was a limit to the number of avatars which could be there. Part of the reason was that Avi Arrow, whom helped take care of the Tower and organized the event, wanted Lumiere's real life family to attend the Second Life service, via newly created avatars. So a number of people gathered at a nearby area in the Taber sim next door. Daniel Voyager estimated that the number of people attending at more than 70 avatars. I myself counted 41 at Natoma and 24 at Taber. The gathering was a collection of both longtime residents, including some well known personalities such as RacerX Gullwing and Prokofy Neva
One of those attending commented, "I love that I am seeing so many truely name worthy people in attendannce!" Prokofy called it, "A very motley crew united by only one thing," paying their last respected to a man whom had done great things for this virtual world.
There were also a few members of his real life family, including his stepsister ElliePirelli Resident and his brother Pegasus58 Resident. "On behalf of the family," ElliePirelli spoke, "thank you, everyone, very much for being here today. We are honored to be here. ... Lumiere showed me Second Life almost 10 years ago and he brought (his mother) in and took her on a spaceship ride. It is incredible to see what he has built." "Thanks to all of you for being here," Pegasus58 added, "Lumiere showed this to me many years ago and I know it meant a lot to him. ... Lumiere was a teacher and enjoyed helping others learn. This brought him much joy. ... He taught my sons things at a young age and never let them believe that they were too young to learn anything."
A number of residents spoke about the departed resident. Marianne McCann spoke, "I don't feel like I need to tell any of those gathered here today just what an impact Lumiere Noir had on Second Life. And yet, I will. Second Life is billed as a place where all of its Residents create everything that exists. It is a showcase of the mind, a place that only exists thanks to those of us who build, texture, script, and create Our World here. Without us, there it nothing. Yet through the building in front of me - and before that, the Ivory Tower in Noyo - anyone who has ever opted to lift a primitive in Second Life has learned the ins and outs of that craft. Without an avatar like Lumiere Noir guiding and teaching all of us, how many of us would have stayed here? How many of us would have built this world? Would there even be a Second Life in 2015? I don't know. I'm honestly not sure. So, today, we mourn our loss, but we also celebrate the person and all he taught us.
"At this year's SL Birthday event, I found myself building large structures out of primitives. As I worked on it, I mused at how I was using a trick or two I learned from the Ivory Tower. I know I am nowhere near alone in this experience, just one of millions who's builds were formed with Lumi's teachings. Through all of us, and through the tower and other things Lumiere Noir created, his legacy continues. Thank you, Lumi, for being here."
Jopsy Pendragon, "Just simply... I always felt a kinship with Lumi... as I do with Robin... The three of us weren't just satisfied to learn to use SL for our own creations... we weren't happy unless we were helping others discover what they could do here as well. I'll miss the mad need to show-and-tell some new way of doing something... and I popped in on Lumi often to show off, or vice versa... (smile). I can't say much more than that... I'll miss him deeply. t makes me glad to see him remembered by so many amazing people. Thank you.(smile)
CrystalShard Foo spoke, "I met Lumi back on the virtual world There.com before SecondLife was a thing. We used to chat and hang out, which was pretty much all you could do over there, really. Well, that and play with hoverboards. When I heard of SecondLife and how you could actually create over there, I ran over as fast as I could. Turned out Lumi managed to get there a few months before me. (smile) Naturally, I glued myself to him and the few others that I already knew. He showed me the Ivory Tower of Prims back when it was first being built. I remember walking around the first floor - the only floor that was kind of finished, and surprised to learn that you could shift-drag to copy. Later when I dove into scripting, he let me try some of my weirder experiments on his parcel. Where I managed to lose a bunch of wayward moving prims now and then. Pretty sure they're all back to me by now, but.. if you stumble on one, do let me know. (grin) When I got the phone call, it was a very weird experience. Honestly I'm still processing it. But I can't really say much more than everyone else already did - I'll miss Lumi, but it means I'll never forget him."
Kat Medici, "What to say that hasn't been said... Simply that Lumi/Swen gave many of us more than his time in SL. He gave us himself, his real life interests, and his friendship. I missed Swen in 'There' so I followed him here, and discovered him doing a bit of Captain Nemo, and raving about building in 2003. And I found myself intrigued again by thepossibilities of SL. Because what is more delightful than possibilities? It is because of Lumi that I met CS, and through CS, I met so many others that are part of my life, my beloveds. And most importantly, for me, without SL, without Lumi, without all of this, I would not have met my RL love. So I owe Lumi my happiness. I will always remember him and will miss Lumi/Swen for a lifefime. All hail Lumi!"
"oops, so much more. And now, Vince, now you go. And I shall have to let you go. I do hope you will not get lost out there. Go now, my love. I will watch out for you. Hoping you will see the light at the horizon. Go now - my thoughts are with you. Go now - don't fear and don't feel alone. Go now - my love will forever be with you and keep you company. And I hope you will recognize this new land as the home from which once you came. Go now, Sweetheart, go in peace."
"We love you, Tosh and Avi. You and Vince's other friends here are part of our family forever now, too."
Next was his brother Pegasus, "umi was a great brother, son and uncle. And of course as Ellie has said, a great teacher. He loved his students, and at his memorial service his co-workers and several of his students told us all how they were drawn to him. And how generous he was with his time to help the students with not only their studies, but to help them build a better life. He would take old computer parts to his students to help them build their own, and to teach them how to do that."
ElliePirelli, "I echo what Pegasus58 is saying about Vince as a teacher. I don't know if you all knew it, but he had a Masters of Arts in painting. His artwork is all over his mom's house. Thank you all for the support you gave him here and for giving him such an incredible springboard for his creativity and many, many talents."
Pegasus, "He played chess with one of my sons, and talked technology with theo other one. He found something in common with everyone."
ElliePirelli, "That's true. When I started making jewelry, he gave me a very elaborate metalsmithing kit to encourage me to grow my skills. Such an incredibly generous and loving man. He is dearly missed by all of us."
Pegasus, "He worked in a Chinese restaurant in college, creating an interest in Asian culture and a move to Taiwan for three years, of course as a teacher. I'm glad to know he had good friends in so many places."
ElliePirelli, "We are so happy and honored to be here to celebrate his life with you all. Thank you again. And keep building!" Tosha Tyran, "Absolutely - and the honor is on us, Elli." "ElliePirelli, "Thank you. You are too kind. We are looking forward to hanging around and dancing and getting to know you all better, and of course the fireworks - which Lumi would love!!! (smile)" Pegasus, "Yes and we will pass all of these wonderful thoughts to his mother.She was too sad to log on today but will love all of these kind thoughts." ElliePirelli, "I have videotaped much of this for her. I know she will love this outpouring of support for him. She was on here last night and talked with Avi and Tosh and it was a truly wonderful moment."
Leven Serendipity stepped forward with a poem she had to share.
In these everlasting summers
Your light shines, replacing the sun.
We know that wind won’t blow
our memories, nor rain wash away
your heroic legacy into Natoma’s sand.
And with us you’ll fly between worlds.
We’ll smile with each new prim rezzed,
Knowing you have built a selfless life
And one we will always share
Thank you, who illuminated
Ingeniously, weaving warmth and play,
While shaping a lasting ever after
For us to craft so happily.
Avi Arrow spoke again, "Thank you Ellie and Pegasus. It's brought such extra meaning to this event having you here with us and is a joy for us also to get to know Lumiere that much more by knowing you and sharing this with you. I would like to say one more thing in conclusion.... Above all else, Lumiere gave of himself freely and without reservation, and never asking for anything in return.... By which, we all now carry a part of Lumiere inside of us, something we get to take care of and steward over for the rest of our lives. He's given us such a wonderful gift and I love him with all of my heart for it. he touched us so very deeply. Thank you all for sharing and being here."
"Now....let the celebration begin. Let's dance!!!!
Daniel Voyager posted some pictures of the event, as did Prokofy Neva, whom also posted a transcript of part of the event. Prokofy wrote that this was more than the end of a man, but the beginning of the end of an era. Second Life's prims and the ability to build with them enabled residents to have a good deal of freedom. Freedom that he felt would be absent from the next generation grid, Sansar.
And what of the Ivory Tower? Avi Arrow told me it would go on indefinitely, "As far as I know nothing will change regarding the status of the Ivory Tower and the group that supports it. we can hope that the ivory tower library will be around for as long as Second Life is here." It would be "a permanent memorial for Lumiere."
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
By Bixyl Shuftan
On August 16, the five month long Relay for Life Fundraising season officially came to a close with the "Wrap-Up." The event this year was a little different as it took place in the Rose Theater, the members of the Comittee up on stage and others in the audience seating. T1 Radio provided stream coverage for those whom couldn't be at the sim.
It was announced PrettyKitty Gumbo would be stepping down from the Committee, though would continue to be a Relay volunteer for her team. Lomgren Smalls would be taking Dwen Dooley's place as the Tech Lead, "don't worry, the kiosk size will not change." Nikki Mathieson will be their Mega Events Director.
Leala Spire and Ariel Goldrozen, whom were wearing pink at the ceremony, would be the lead and co-lead in planning the "Making Strides Against Breast Cancer" event in October.
Several teams had risen in level since the Relay Weekend. Team DRMC, Little Yoshiwara, House Of Fallen Angels had reached Bronze. LA Designs and The Future is Now had reached Silver. Dreamin' in Purple, Giant Snail Relay, Soul Sensations, Walking Tall For A Cure, Alpha Sigma Omega Sorority, and the Seventh Legion MC had reached Gold. The Circle of Life had moved up to Platinum. The Second Life Coast Guard moved up to Saphire. Sail for Life moved up to Emerald. Harmony of Hope reached Ruby level.
The winner of the "Swag Bag" award was TS Darrow.
The winner of the Best Man and Maid of Honor Award was Bella Zeplin. "Events are hard for her to attend but she supports the team as strongly as she can especially on Relay weekend and has for years. This year was a special one. Not only did she arrange her schedule to be able to be with us all weekend but ... Bella would cheer everyone that passed by all Relay weekend and took the extra step of IMing many of them. If they responded to her she took the time to not only get to make a new friend of each but that lap and any other laps she saw them she would run out on to the track and offer hugs to each one. She would express her appreciation and admiration to the survivors and caregivers and would thank them for all they do. She wanted to make sure they all felt very loved and honored."
Others mentioned as deserving of the award were BruceWaynne Resident, Sienna Thor, Oldesoul Eldemar, Saiyge Lotus, Trader1 Whiplash, Rowena Dubrova, Princess Kate (KateLynn Inglewood), DJ Rock And Roll, Cuddly Waffle, Sidonie Calberg, Brennie Slade, Kylie Briner, Cathy Longoria, Sasha Fairywren, Veruca Tammas, Rendal Constanineau, Sylisan Resident, Sandie Turbo, Random Padar, Cajuntadpole, Gem Sunkiller, Dwen Dooley, Chevelley Resident (Silentghost), Tahisha Fairplay, Fuzzball Ortega, Rheata Resident (Rhea), Darkstone Aeon, Cashew Writer, PrettyKitty Gumbo, Dawnbeam Dreamscape, RockySlate Resident, and Savannah Coronet and the Hell on Heels dancers.
The winners of the "Smell the Roses/Clown Award" were Duna Gant, Solkide Auer, Thathy Slade, Brucewaynee Resident, "Whoever 'The BOX' was," Melodie Jigsaw, Catalina Staheli, Kira Vel (kiralette kelley), Mr. Zacky (zack vedrina), Éclair Martinek, Lomgren Smalls, Fuzzball Ortega, Rowena Dabrovna. Brayden Marquis (brayden composer) Others got other awards ...
Sylisan Resident (Sigh Underwood), the "Magical And Fae-bulous" award.
Nayomi Naidoo, the "In All Of Relay's Corner" award.
Rheata Resident, or Rhea, the "Rhea Of Light" award.
OldeSoul Resident (Eldemar), the "Our Beloved Bobcat" award.
Fuzzball Ortega, the "King Of Comedy" award.
Chevelley Resident (Silentghost), the "She's Not Bad, She's Just Drawn That Way" Award.
Dwen Dooley the "Mad Scientist" Award.
Tahisha Fairplay, the "Purple Power" award.
Sarandel (Sara) Llewellyn, the "Songstress Of Relay" award.
Whisper Fairy Gravois (Jihan Wonder), the "Adorable Fairy" award.
Nuala Maracas, the Fireworks Award
For Top Team Convio, or website, fundraising, the team that raised the most via the Convio
website, third place went to Team Shadow ($2135), second place to the Relay Rockers ($2823), and first place to Harmony of Hope ($3815) (at the ceremony, they accidentally listed Sail for Life as third place).
For top individual Convio fundrasing, third place went to Cathy Longoria ($975), second place went to TS Darrow ($1035), and first place went to Trader Whiplash ($1205).
The convio Website Participation Award, third place went to Holocluck Henly, second place to
TS Darrow, and first place to Trader Whiplash
The Top Team Fundraising Award, third place went to the Goreans in Relay for Life, whom raised 2,645,046L or $10,580.00. Second Place went to Harmony of Hope, who raised 300,5307L or $12,021.00. First place was the Relay Rockers, who raised 3,767,925L or $15,072.00.
The Gordy Klatt Award, named for the founder of the Relay for Life, went to Team Strange Journeys, "This team continued all season long on a mission to push our guidelines with creative thinking and heartfelt passion for Relay."
For the Spirit of Relay Awards, the team award went to the Second Life Cheerleading Squard, "They entered this season with a smile and finished it off with a huge round of cheers - this same attitude is how they approach strangers on and off the track offering friendship and support where it is needed most. They attend many of the Relay events, and their personal stories are inspiration to all." The individual award went to Mary Teodosio, "Her creativity and passion for Relay was also displayed in her making two homemade quilts to be auctioned off! Mary attended many of your team events as well as included you in hers."
This years Keeper of the Torch: Melodie Jigsaw
The Community Chamption Award went to Sue Peregrine, Elizabeth Tinsley, Elrik Merlin, and Melony Jigsaw.
Except for the Clown and Best Man/Maid of Honor Awards, Committee Members are not elgible for Awards
The theme for next year's Relay Season was announced: Once Upon a Cure.
Random concluded, "You are ALL the singular pieces that unite with so much passion, dedication & creativity to form this grand MOSAIC we call RFL in SL and I am honored to be amongst you. The Future is Now , but I want to personally Thank You for your commitment to a bigger & better tomorrow and I look forward to working with you all again in 2016!" And with her words, the ceremony ended to the song "We are family" taking the radio stream.
Cuddly Waffle took a transcript of the event, which was used in writing this article (and can be read in it's entirety after it).
And so, the 2015 Relay for Life Season officially came to a close, but this does not mean an end to fundraising for the American Cancer Society and events related to the Relay. In a few days will be the Alliez Mysterio Award event. And there will be events such as the "Making Strides Against Breast Cancer" event in October. And last but not least, the Relay for Life in InWorldz fundraising season has started, which will end in October.
"Until there's a cure."
The following is a transcript of the Relay Wrap-Up event provided by Cuddle Waffle.
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[09:44] cυddly waғғle: [09:40] Now playing Brad Paisley -- Welcome To The Future
[09:46] cυddly waғғle: Trader: Welcome to th efurure - we are ready to wrp up for 2015! We
are about 10 minutes waay from the final celebration of RFL of SL 2015. You can hear it live
on RFL radio provided by T1. We are at the Rose Theatre, and there are listening areas set
up at ACS Island, Relay D'Alliez and Arinultra Cay.
[09:47] cυddly waғғle: TradeR: Stand by and stick around because not only do we have the
ceremony, we have a spectacular dance performance.
[09:47] cυddly waғғle: Trader: We have a lot going on here today as we wrap up RFL of SL
[09:51] cυddly waғғle: [09:51] Now playing Sly And The Family Stone -- Stand!
[09:54] cυddly waғғle: Trader: Alright guys, are you ready? We are about to begin!
[09:54] cυddly waғғle: Trader: Sit back, you've earned it - here we go.
[09:54] cυddly waғғle: [09:53] Now playing Rachel Platten -- Fight Song
[09:57] cυddly waғғle: [09:57] Now playing Gavin DeGraw -- Fire
[10:01] cυddly waғғle: Sting: AND WE'RE BAAAAAAAAAAACK !
[10:01] cυddly waғғle: Random: We are! How beautiful is this? I love the Rose Theatre.
[10:02] cυddly waғғle: Random: We're gonna jump right into it and Thank you Lisa Valentino
of Angel Manor to host our wrap up ceremony at this beautiful Rose Theater! Lisa has been
a huge supporter of RFL and extremely generous for providing us with with this magnificent
[10:02] cυddly waғғle: Sting: Adds a touch of class, doesn;t it?
[10:02] cυddly waғғle: Random: It does! We're now gonna pick a winner for our swag bag...
[10:03] cυddly waғғle: Sting:: This was a year for expanding how we do things: Sail For
Life has been relaying with us for years. Always consistant and always with passion. They
sail the entire time we are walking and encourage others to join them. They have a
fantastic auction for some unique and amazing ships.
[10:03] cυddly waғғle: Sting: They also work with SL Coast Guard team in helping them
achieve their goals for their 2nd year as a team. Connie Mistwalker is a team member who
passionately went out and got a real life business donation that totaled $2,500! They
mailed in their check and her team Sail For Life has moved up to Sapphire level because of
[10:03] cυddly waғғle: Sting: We have the winner...!
[10:03] cυddly waғғle: Random: TS DArrow!!
[10:03] cυddly waғғle: Random: Congratulationsm, that's awesome!
[10:04] cυddly waғғle: Dawn: Congratulations!
[10:04] cυddly waғғle: Dawn: Special thank you to Catalina Staheli for our great Why Do You
Relay photo campaign! She not only took photos, she encouraged other teams to use this as
event draws. She worked with people to capture stories and photos with the Relay Rockers
to present The Stand Exhibit.
[10:04] cυddly waғғle: Dawn: Catalina also donated her photo skills in a raffles, team
posters, and many more innovative ways with the committee photo and team representatives..
In addition, she spoke to merchants and obtained donations for the Survivor/Caregivers
during Relay weekend, and spearheaded a very special Relay lap for a special Relayer! Thank
[10:05] cυddly waғғle: Random: I would like to mention one of my favourite teams this yhear
- Fly For Life team - Fly for Life team is a brand new team this year. This team just
took off flying! They came up with some very unique events. If you attended one of their
flight events you got to dance and party and then board a jet. Complete with pilot, seats
with legroom and beautiful views. We flew over several sims until we reached the next
destination to continue the party. Thank you to Fly For Life team who brought in over 2
thousand dollars us!
[10:06] cυddly waғғle: Sting: Great - I love that! Quick update - we have reached 275,000
USD for this year's relay tthanks to the excitement of the tiny band there!
[10:07] cυddly waғғle: Sting: We also want to say a special thank you to a volunteer who has
been with us for a very long time, having served on a team, as the Teams Lead, as a mentor
and coach...for several years. She’s “retiring” from the committee at the end of this
season, but we wanted to make sure we said thank you to her for many years of dedicated
service to help the Relay For Life of Second Life.
[10:07] cυddly waғғle: Sting: PrettyKitty Gumbo - thank you for being a valued and important
member of the committee and the event for so many years. And we know you aren’t going far -
she’s just gonna be on a farm up-state...where she’ll focus on her own team...being a model
[10:07] cυddly waғғle: Sting: Speaking of changes, we have some special changes to announce
[10:08] cυddly waғғle: Sting: We took a long time to find the right person to fill the big
shoes that Dwen will be leaving in his retirement, but we’re excited and confident and
grateful that our new Tech Lead volunteer is going to be Lomgren Smalls! And don’t worry,
the kiosk size will not change!!
[10:08] cυddly waғғle: Sting: As a side note, the kiosk size will not change.
[10:08] S.i.d.: MICROKITTEN !
[10:08] S.i.d.: OH
[10:08] S.i.d.: sorry
[10:08] S.i.d.: ^^
[10:08] cυddly waғғle: Sting: But wait, there’s more! Has anyone noticed that Nuala showed
up to the wrap-up wearing a santa hat?
[10:08] cυddly waғғle: Sting: We know that Nuala has done a lot for Relay this year, but no,
it hasn’t driven her crazy...yet! It re-ignited her passion for Relay so much that she has
agreed to take on the role of the 2015 Christmas Expo Lead! So if you’re interested in being
involved with the Christmas Expo - Nuala is the person to talk to!
[10:09] cυddly waғғle: Sting: But wait, there’s more...you may also notice that Leala Spire
and Ariel Goldrozen are wearing pink. I’m sure by now, you can guess what that means. Yep,
they have already gotten started with planning the 2015 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer
event as its lead and co lead. Strides will be held the whole month of October. They are
planning some great events. If you're interested in having an event for Making Strides
please contact one of these two ladies.
[10:09] cυddly waғғle: Sting: But wait, there’s more...Nikki Mathieson has agreed to step
into a new position: our Mega Events Director position - where she will work closely with
the Steering Committee and the Mega Event Coordinators to adapt our Mega Event concept to
the ever-changing virtual world.
[10:10] cυddly waғғle: Random: It takes a large group of volunteers to put on a Relay event
of this size. I have to start off by thanking my hard working committee.
[10:10] cυddly waғғle: Random: The committee this year was Gem Sunkiller, TS Darrow and
Catalina Stahali, Serina Juran, Lunavonrandolf Kenin and Step Portilo, Cathy10 Longoria,
Alianna Logan, Rendal Constantineau, Sandie Loxingly, Sigh Underwood, Oldesoul Eldemar,
Prettykitty Gumbo, Ariel Goldrozen and Kaiila Mahoney. Vee Tammas, Madonna Milena, Laufiair
Hexicola, Tiviyah Resident, Nikki Mathieson, Nuala Maracas, Leala Spire, Grace Louden, Tee
Auster, Cuddly Waffle, Fuzzball Ortega, Wildstar Beaumont and Ishtarangel Micheline.
[10:11] cυddly waғғle: Random: My heartfelt thank you for all you have done this season. We
laughed, we shed a tear together, a special thank you to my friend and co chair Dawnbeam
Dreamscape for your help and leadership. I was very fortunate to have two amazing and wise
women as my mentors. Thank you MamaP and Nikki I appreciate all your advice and direction.
[10:12] cυddly waғғle: Dawn: Our sponsors help to keep our events running smoothly by
defraying our costs. These generous premier sponsors for 2015 were:
[10:12] cυddly waғғle: Dawn:
Club Zydeco & *The Club*
Metal Health Club
[10:12] cυddly waғғle: Dawn: I also worked very closely with several of the committee this
year. You all know who you are and I would just like to say a special thank you!
[10:13] cυddly waғғle: Dawn: My hear belongs with Sting and Randon, thank you both.
[10:13] cυddly waғғle: Sting: And we want to thank our media partners for helping to spread
the word throughout SEcond Life, within the Relay family...and beyond. Of course, our
flagship station, T1 Radio, provides the streams for kickoff, halfway there, Relay weekend,
wrap-up...and we are grateful for your support each year in this endeavor.
[10:13] cυddly waғғle: Sting: We are always looking at ways to expand our outreach across
the grid.One thing we know for sure is that in order to successfully reach more people on
the grid, we need the support of our media parters - and so we thank them for pointing their
megaphones to the vast population of Second Life.
[10:13] cυddly waғғle: The Gorean Whip
Dragons Spawn Radio
Freak Brothers Radio
SL Aviation Network
SL Live Radio
[10:14] cυddly waғғle: Sting: We’d also like to give a special thanks to Saffia Widdershins
and her crew that helped produce many wonderful videos to help document the 2015 Relay For
Life of Second Life. Earlier in the year when they realized that producing the full telethon
would prove to be too big a task in 2015 for the resources we had available, Saffia reached
out with several options to compensate.
[10:14] cυddly waғғle: Sting: Her refusal to give up resulted in a fantastic project that
captured the beauty and the stories of our Relay event on video, which are now available on
the Relay For Life of Second Life youtube page...where they can be viewed whenever you want.
[10:14] cυddly waғғle: Sting: So, I’m sure that you’re all excited to get to this next part
of the ceremony on Relay Sunday, you might remember the wonderfully jubilant way that Nikki
& Mama presented the awards. You could feel the fun and giddiness between the two of
them...and it was just the right touch for such a great part of Relay. So naturally, we
asked them for an encore performance.
[10:15] cυddly waғғle: Sting: As former Event Leads of our Relay event, Nikki & Mama are
dedicated to Relay For Life of Second Life - always representing us with positivity, a
loving embrace, and support. We’re so glad that we were able to bring them out from the
retirement home today to present our 2015 Team Awards.
[10:15] cυddly waғғle: Dawn: Nikki, are you here? Nikki? Did we lose Nikki?
[10:15] cυddly waғғle: Nikki: IM HERE
[10:15] cυddly waғғle: Nikki: can you ehar me now?
[10:16] cυddly waғғle: Mama: oh my goodness gracious: New people taking over importnat
posiitons, so exciting!
[10:16] cυddly waғғle: NikkI: and new trams going for gold like that, amazing!
[10:16] cυddly waғғle: Mama: When I look at this list of teams who have changed their
fundraising club level since relay weekend, I see there is no quit in our relayers!
[10:17] cυddly waғғle: MOVED UP TO BRONZE: Team DRMC
House Of Fallen Angels
[10:17] cυddly waғғle: UP TO SILVER: LA DESIGNS @ THE FUTURE IS NOW!
[10:17] cυddly waғғle: UP TO GOLD: Dreamin' in Purple
Giant Snail Relay
Walking Tall For A Cure
Alpha Sigma Omega Sorority
Seventh Legion MC
[10:17] cυddly waғғle: UP TO PLATINUM: Circle of Life
[10:18] cυddly waғғle: UP TO SAPPHIRE: Second Life Coast Guard
[10:18] cυddly waғғle: UP TO EMERALD: Sail for Life
[10:18] cυddly waғғle: UP TO RUBY: Harmony of Hope
[10:18] cυddly waғғle: Nikki: Well done everyone, thank you for you rhard work.
[10:18] cυddly waғғle: Nikki: Now we're going to go on to the next award which is the Best
Man and Maid of Honor award.
[10:20] cυddly waғғle: Nikki: ßεℓℓα (beila.zeplin) Bella is an Aussie on the Inspired
Dreamwalker Team. Events are hard for her to attend but she supports the team as strongly
as she can especially on Relay weekend and has for years. This year was a special one.
Not only did she arrange her schedule to be able to be with us all weekend but what she did
on the sidelines is why she is very much deserving of this award. Bella would cheer
everyone that passed by all Relay weekend and took the extra step of IMing many of them. If
they responded to her she took the time to not only get to make a new friend of each but
that lap and any other laps she saw them she would run out on to the track and offer hugs to
each one. She would express her appreciation and admiration to the survivors and caregivers
and would thank them for all they do. She wanted to make sure they all felt very loved and
honored. We all know how those little cheers make us feel but to have her take the extra
step of expressing her feelings to so many,
[10:20] cυddly waғғle: NikkI: and passing out those hugs that earned her a special tag in
her team, "team hugger".
[10:21] cυddly waғғle: Inspired hugger*
[10:21] cυddly waғғle: Mama: I'm gonna add a comment here - we're gonna read a few of these,
as its important that everyone who took the time to do one, they were all important. So bear
[10:21] cυddly waғғle: Mama: "Brucewaynee Resident
in short, Bruce is a great builder, integrated person and worthy of great respect, always
encouraging the Team Foundation For Life with their ideas, and sharing his experience of
living with the cancer and its cure."
[10:21] cυddly waғғle: Nikki: Thalia Lupindo from Friends Fighting Cancer stood out very
much this year. She worked hard at the parties, walked the track 24 hours non stop
representing the team who mostly couldnt be there. She commited her time to talk with those
who are suffering. She gave a shoulder to lean on. She fought to get their into Gold status
after years of bronze. She brought the Team back to life. Without her FFC wouldnt have been
active at all.
[10:22] cυddly waғғle: Mama: Sienna Thor - she and her team made sure to cheer relayers on
trackside. She always showed support through encouragement and kindness.
[10:22] cυddly waғғle: Nikki: OldeSoul Eldemar - He has been there for others, at all hours
of the day(night!) like a rock in the middle of a raging river. He has helped, flattered and
encouraged wherever he possibly could..And in doing so has made the Relay an immensely
enjoyable event. It would not be the same without him. He brings so much love and support
to our Relay weekend. He truly is a beacon of light, whether it's walking the track, taking
the time to talk, or just plain Riverdancing as his bobcat tiny.
[10:23] cυddly waғғle: Mama: Saiyge Lotus. Saiyge jumped in for one of our teams and helped
them build a campsite after they lost the captain of the team who was also the team's
builder. Thank you, Saiyge for helping us out in our hour of need.
[10:23] cυddly waғғle: Nikki: "trader1 whiplash
he is the voice of the relay
[10:23] cυddly waғғle: Mama: Rowena Dubrova has relayed with a passionate spirit all season
long, encouraging not only his team, but all relayers. He has put out kiosks for other teams
at his events so they could reach their goals, set up the Castle-Building Contest, and
pushed the boundaries of the guidelines in an effort to make a better relay for all.
[10:23] cυddly waғғle: Nikki: Princess Kate (KateLynn Inglewood) and DJ Rock And Roll
(RockAndRoll Michigan) are both very deserving of this award - Princess Kate is a survivor
and is finally back with us - She and DJ along with Steelhead Salmons adopted a team needing
their help. They are both very special and fine indivifuals - loving and caring! (they
are engaged in RL now - and I know they are both so happy to be back together) DJ was a
highlight of Relay weekend with his wonderful and varied avatar changes for the theme laps.
Who didn't notice 'the Mask and the Silver Surfer' avatar going down that track?
[10:24] cυddly waғғle: Mama: Rowena Dubrovna, Cuddly Waffle & Sidonie Calberg - Their ONE
TEAM Push was AMAZING. They have always put others before themselves.
[10:24] cυddly waғғle: Nikki: "Brennie Slade
Brennie and purple tears group were non stop track side cheering all night through! Nothing
like lil ones at 3am"
[10:24] cυddly waғғle: Mama: kylie briner stands out as one deserving this award. She talked
to all who passed by on the track and encouraging people with laughs and whimsy.
[10:25] cυddly waғғle: Nikki: Cathy10 Longoria - She's always there to help everyone and
anyone. She never lets you down. She's always cheerful to all teams and team members, just
not her own. She's an inspiration as a survivor
[10:25] cυddly waғғle: Mama: Sasha Fairywren - a wonderful friend to Relay
[10:25] cυddly waғғle: Nikki: Veruca Tammas, she is a wonderful Ambassador!!
[10:25] cυddly waғғle: Mama: Rendal Constanineau, a kind and gentle soul.
[10:25] cυddly waғғle: NikkI: Sylisan Resident, a caring and sweet coach
[10:25] cυddly waғғle: Mama: Sandie Turbo/loxingly, a wonderful and kind person!!
[10:25] cυddly waғғle: Nikki: random padar and cajuntadpole for being there and supporting
all us relayers hats off too you guys
[10:25] cυddly waғғle: Mama: Gem Sunkiller shows up on the track every year, and works so
hard to help light up all the luminaria along the track for the ceremony. Because of her
devotion to doing so, I would like to nominate her as one of our maids of honor.
[10:26] cυddly waғғle: Nikki: Year in and year out, Dwen Dooley is such a steady, supportive
and fun presence on our Relay track. Our Relay weekend would not be what it is without him
around. So, as thanks for all he does to make those 24 hours on the track pass by so much
easier, I would like to nominate him as one of our best man awards of 2015.
[10:26] cυddly waғғle: Mama: Chevelley Resident (Silentghost) sure rocked our Relay weekend
this year - first by spending time behind bars to raise money for RFL, then by dressing up
as Jessica Rabbit.. what a great avatar that was.
[10:26] cυddly waғғle: Nikki: Tahisha Fairplay is one of our Relayers who is usually in the
background, but, she sure rocks Relay weekend. She's there and present for all 24+ hours,
and comes up with some great costumes for each and every theme hour - Catwoman, a
Ghostbuster, or even bouncing down the track on a pogo stick.
[10:27] cυddly waғғle: Mama: Fuzzball Ortega. Making fun things more fun, including Relay
weekend. Plus, it is NOT Relay weekend until Fuzz hits the track with The Hair (which now
TALKS in 2015). Need I say more?
[10:27] cυddly waғғle: Nikki: Rheata Resident (Rhea) sure shined on the track this year - in
more ways than one. Along with being a supportive and dear friend, she also showed off some
great latex and boots on the track
[10:27] cυddly waғғle: Mama: Darkstone Aeon. Dark worked tirelessly both during the pre-
Relay activities helping teams register and promote their events on the activity sims.
Helping to make sure they posted their success in chat, had all that they needed for their
events. He supported the Survivors & Caregivers through his generosity of providing gifts
for them for Relay weekend. And during the weekend, he continued to work to make sure that
activities went smoothly on the activity sims the entire 24 hours.
[10:28] cυddly waғғle: Nikki: Cashew Writer- Cassie works so hard behind the scenes helping
both her own team and other teams with building and encouragement. This year, when one of
the teams lost their captain, longtime relayer Lovely Erin, just weeks before Relay
weekend, Cassie, along with a few others, helped to bring the late captain's dream of a team
campsite to fruition. That team then achieved the Bronze level fundraising award thanks to
Cassie and others who wanted to show the new relayers on both the e-Lemon-ator team and all
of RFL of SL how we all work together to reach our goals.
[10:28] cυddly waғғle: Mama: PrettyKitty Gumbo. Kitty has worked tirelessly for several
years helping to promote and encourage relayers across the grid. This year, along with some
others, she worked to help build the e-Lemon-ator team's campsite after their captain Lovely
Erin passed away suddenly. During the Relay weekend, Kitty could often be found either on
the track or at the e-Lemon-ator campsite, having fun and encouraging those along the track.
[10:29] cυddly waғғle: Nikki: Dawnbeam Dreamscape. Dawn kept many of us going and gave up
several real life events, for the Christmas Expo this year. She continues to relay in
Second Life and never forgets the cause. I can think of no one else better suited for such
[10:29] cυddly waғғle: Mama: RockySlate Resident. Though he has been in SL for years, this
was his first season helping with RFL of SL. He was a huge encourager to me personally and
my team by helping me meet my goals, even when I didn't think I could since my team was so
small. He stayed on the track the entire 24 hrs. He also was present at many multi-team
functions throughout the season.
[10:30] cυddly waғғle: Nikki: Our final maid of honor is Savannah Coronet and the Hell on
Heels dancers - Savvy and her dancers are seen at many Relay events during the season. They
are a performing group who are very in demand within the SL live music area. This season
Savvy and her group were bid bald by one of our teams. They ended up with a full month of
glorified baldness. The following week, they were the opening act for the Avi Choice Awards
and the opportunity was grabbed to use it to bring awareness to that audience who might not
even know about Relay. Several large donations were dropped into kiosks scattered around
the auditorium and one could just feel the spirit and inspiration that flowed around the
room as that amazing voice opened the show completely bald, completely and happily
comfortable in the baldness. In fact, the spirit continued later on in the show as the next
set of performers, an amazing dance group, all appeared onstage with no hair, as well.
Their intent as explained.. was to show support for a
[10:30] cυddly waғғle: ...most important cause and opportunity in SL.
[10:31] cυddly waғғle: Mama: So if you think nobody's noticing what you're doing out
[10:31] cυddly waғғle: Mama: Your fellow relayers appreciate everything that you do.
[10:31] cυddly waғғle: Mama: The other award is the Smell the Roses / Clown awards.
"Something crazy stand out in your mind from Relay For Life 2015? Whose crazy antics made
the season amazing stand out for you? This is the clown award – whether purpose or accident,
[10:32] cυddly waғғle: Mama: Grey Nacht sent in so many Purple Couch Project pictures, all
theme lapped related, and he never looked like the one before! I loved them!
[10:32] cυddly waғғle: Nikki: "Duna Gant
For their dedication, assistance and dissemination of project Relay for Life SL and all
collaboration with the Foundation For Life team."
[10:32] cυddly waғғle: Mama: Whoever the BOX was. I didn't see the person's name. That was
the funniest thing I saw. It was in the bushes on a campsite and I saw the movement at the
corner of my screen. then I saw the name over it and realized it was an avatar. That was the
best! Made me smile for the rest of that lap.
[10:32] cυddly waғғle: Nikki: "Melodie Jigsaw- last year it was always Sigh's fault, this
year it's Melodie's fault! She always brings the laughter and just-right inappropriate jokes
to every event!
Catalina Staheli- always bouncing, beaming, and laughing.. making everyone else laugh too!
Cuddly Waffle and Sidonie Carlberg-- need I say more.. the Sugar Glider and the Waffle...
they are the light of every party
[10:34] cυddly waғғle: Mama: "Fantastic RFL Moment with a lil girl and her pet T-Rex !!!
Nominating ~ Kira Vel (kiralette kelley) and Mr. Zacky (zack vedrina)
Standing in the info center on RFL Journey, I got a message in local chat ...
Kira Vel: hih hi:)
Kira Vel: have any snacks for my pet rex?
Suzetta Moonites: ummmmm I'm not sure
at this point I saw it was a T-Rex and he was growling and had his mouth wide open at my
Suzetta Moonites: Wait! I might have something
Kira Vel: pops a mint in Rex's mouth
Kira Vel: he's been trying to eat me for three sims now
Mr. Zacky: I do not have bad breath!
I'm searching inventory for something, anything because his mouth is dripping on me
Kira Vel: ....
Kira Vel: Hate to beak it to you rexy
I sent him a lollypop, whew
Kira Vel: Thank you!! :-D
Kira Vel: Now he may not eat me for a few more sims!
Sent Kira a lollypop too cause she was soooooo cute"
[10:34] cυddly waғғle: Nikki: Éclair Martinek - she has the best toys and made the relay
[10:34] cυddly waғғle: Mama: "Lomgren
He just stands out to me how itty bitty he is with his micro hugs. Always cheerful and such
a big presence."
[10:35] cυddly waғғle: Nikki: "Fuzzball Ortega, he is always so positive!! and just LOVE the
[10:35] cυddly waғғle: Mama: Rowena Dabrovna - The amount of times this otter has made me
laugh. The way his avi just wiggles around the sims and how he is always cracking jokes. He
takes Relay seriously, but also keeps everything lighthearted and fun. He does a great job
[10:35] cυddly waғғle: Nikki: We all love Sylisan Resident, or Sigh Underwood as we know
her. She's great, and amazing, and we love to make her say "I didn't do it!". Well, in 2015,
she did it. She rocked. So, I would like to nominate her for the "She did do it, and
[10:35] cυddly waғғle: Mama: Sasha Fairywren brings magic to our Relay, whether it's rocking
the airwaves or just doing her thing to make our Relay better. Therefore, I am nominating
her for the Magical And Fae-bulous Award.
[10:35] cυddly waғғle: Nikki: Nayomi Naidoo is a true blessing to our Relay, and is a loyal
friend and true to all of us Relayers. I would like to nominate her for the "In All Of
Relay's Corner" award.
[10:36] cυddly waғғle: Mama: Rheata Resident, or Rhea (pronounced as "Ray") as we know her,
has joined our Relay this year and been amazing. Plus, I have to admit, I love her sense of
fashion. She has made 2015 so much better for many of us, and I would like to nominate her
for the "Rhea Of Light" award.
[10:36] cυddly waғғle: Nikki: There are few people in our Relay who do what our good friend
OldeSoul Resident (Eldemar) does. He brings so much to our Relay, and I'd like to see him
honored with the "Our Beloved Bobcat" award.
[10:36] cυddly waғғle: Mama: Fuzzball Ortega makes us laugh. Whether it's his jokes, his
hair, or his chaotic hijinks, he lightens our spirits and makes every season so much more
enjoyable for us. For this, I would love to see him honored with the "King Of Comedy" award.
[10:36] cυddly waғғle: Nikki: Chevelley Resident (Silentghost) sure rocked our Relay weekend
by appearing as Jessica Rabbit during the "Movies & Musicals Hour" during Relay weekend.
Because of this, and all the other wonderful things she does for our Relay, I would like to
nominate her for the "She's Not Bad, She's Just Drawn That Way" Award.
[10:37] cυddly waғғle: Mama: Whether it's bringing up science fiction, or discussing actual
scientific facts, one thing's for sure: Dwen Dooley has science on the mind, always. He's
also a little mad (in a good way). So, I would like to nonimate Dwen for the "Mad Scientist"
[10:37] cυddly waғғle: Nikki: Tahisha Fairplay has been a big part of our Relay for many
years, though, she often stays in the background. But no matter whether she's in group chat
or not, she does so much to be supportive of Relay and ALL Relayers. I would like to
nominate her for the "Purple Power" award.
[10:37] cυddly waғғle: Mama: Sarandel (Sara) Llewellyn has music in her heart and soul. The
music of Relay, that is. We can always count on her to share those fitting song lyrics -
some of which she has even rewritten for Relay For Life. I would like to nominate her for
the "Songstress Of Relay" award.
[10:38] cυddly waғғle: Nikki: Whisper Fairy Gravois (Jihan Wonder) is our wonderful winged
bundle of joy and love, always cheering on all of our Relayers, dropping in on events, and
spreading the love. I would love to see Whisper honored with the "Adorable Fairy" award.
[10:38] cυddly waғғle: Mama: trader1.whiplash for all the funniness on radio and he is a
[10:38] cυddly waғғle: Nikki: "Nuala Maracas - Fireworks Award
At the closing of Relay 2015, during the last victory lap, Nuala was given wearable
fireworks which she put on while she walked the track. These fireworks are very vibrant,
many in number, and explode high in the air. After about 30 minutes of walking through 6 or
7 sims, stopping to talk to people, crashing 5 or 6 times, and being up for 30 hours, Nuala
decided she had enough of these fireworks going off all over the sims and causing her to lag
more than usual. So, apparently, she asked in committee chat, if whomever put out the
fireworks in all the sims could turn them off. To which she was told ..no one put out any
fireworks, is anyone near you that has on the wearable ones? The light bulb went off ....
it was Nuala herself who still had on the wearable firework... and she said.... ""no wonder
I kept seeing fireworks every where I went! "
[10:39] cυddly waғғle: Mama: Brayden Marquis (brayden composer) - Brayden's antics early in
the season promoting both his own team, Team LiveWire, by setting up a kiosk and playing his
guitar for donations on their home sim or working the crowd at other teams' events- like
some of the weekday afternoon Cure Chaser parties, will stick out as one of the most
memorable events this season.
[10:40] cυddly waғғle: Nikki: Congratulations you guys and thank you for those nominations!
[10:40] cυddly waғғle: Mama: Every one of them was important to read out.
[10:40] cυddly waғғle: Nikki: Now fill up the coffee, we're headed on.
[10:40] cυddly waғғle: Nikki:
[10:40] cυddly waғғle: Nikki: TOP TEAM CONVIO (WEBSITE) FUNDRAISING
[10:40] cυddly waғғle: Nikki: EXTREMELY HONORABLE MENTION - SL Coast Guard who got an
outside donation of 2500 as a mailed in ck.. when combined with their convio totals, they
raised an amazing 3135.00 outside of SL.
[10:41] cυddly waғғle: Nikki: 3RD PLACE - Sail For Life - $2,110.00
[10:41] cυddly waғғle: Nikki: 2ND PLACE - Relay Rockers - $2823.00
[10:41] cυddly waғғle: Nikki: "1ST PLACE - Harmony of Hope - $3815.00
[10:41] cυddly waғғle: Mama: TOP INDIVIDUAL CONVIO (WEBSITE) FUNDRAISING
[10:41] cυddly waғғle: Mama: 3rd place: Cathy10 Longoria: $975
[10:41] cυddly waғғle: Mama: 2nd place: TS Darrow: $1,035
[10:42] cυddly waғғle: Mama: 1ST PLACE: Trader Whiplash: $1,205
[10:42] cυddly waғғle: Mama: EXTREMELY HONORABLE MENTION - Holocluck Henly: $705
[10:42] cυddly waғғle: Nikki: CONVIO WEBSITE PARTICIPATION AWARD
[10:42] cυddly waғғle: 3rd place - Holocluck Henly
[10:42] cυddly waғғle: 2nd place - TS Darrow
[10:42] cυddly waғғle: 1st place - Trader Whiplash
[10:42] cυddly waғғle: Mama: TOP TEAM FUNDRAISING AWARD – OVERALL
[10:42] cυddly waғғle: Mama: 3rd place - Goreans in Relay For Life - 2,645,046L - $10,580.00
[10:43] cυddly waғғle: Mama: 2nd place - Harmony of Hope - 300,5307L - $12,021.00
[10:43] cυddly waғғle: Mama: 1st place - Relay Rockers - 3,767,925L - $15,072.00
[10:43] cυddly waғғle: (LOL Mama said Relay Wockers xD)
[10:44] cυddly waғғle: Nikki: Congratulations to you all. You're all winners.
[10:44] cυddly waғғle: Mama: Congratulations.
[10:44] cυddly waғғle: Sting: You done?
[10:44] cυddly waғғle: Mama: Maybe.
[10:44] cυddly waғғle: Sting: Thank you all very much. Just because you're done doesn't mean
[10:45] cυddly waғғle: Dawn: My turn! Before I announce the community champion awards, i
want to thank everyone who participated in the purple couch project.
[10:45] cυddly waғғle: Dawn: Thanks again, it was a fun project to work on.
[10:45] cυddly waғғle: Dawn: A Community Champion describes a person who goes out of their
way to do good things for his or her community. A person who dedicates a large portion of
their time serving others, selflessly and generously. This is our opportunity to honor and
acknowledge the contributions made to RFL of SL by those who aren’t necessarily even on a
team or committee or even in the Volunteer group. It is our opportunity to let them know
that their service to Relay has made an impact and is so very much appreciated.
[10:45] cυddly waғғle: Dawn: This year our community champion awards go to:
[10:46] cυddly waғғle: Dawn: Sue Peregrine- Sue Peregrine began Relay in 2005 with the
original Relay Rockers. Sue and her mother Alliez Mysterio played a huge role with the
team. In 2012 Sue lost her mother to breast cancer. Sue’s passion for Relay For Life has
grown. In honor of her mother, she has donated several sims from D’Alliez Esates for the
past two years tor teams to use for events at no gain to her team or to herself. D’Alliez
sims have hosted over 50 RFL events. This is the mark of a true champion, to reach outside
of your benefit and share your love and devotion not only to your mother’s memory, but to
RFL of SL
[10:47] cυddly waғғle: Dawn: Elizabeth Tinsley- From the staff of Fantasy Faire:
"In the four years that Elizabeth Tinsley has been the leader of Fantasy Faire, the event
and the community who create it have grown in every way. She has worked tirelessly to expand
and enhance its reach and the achievement of its goals. But asked how it was done, she'll
point to everyone else before herself.
Although Elizabeth will insist that she's only a small part of what makes the Faire a
success, Fairelanders know better than that. Her dedication to Relay, to Fantasy Faire, and
to each of us is the magic that makes all the rest possible.
It is an honor to rally to the banner - and to Relay by the side - of a true Champion:
[10:48] cυddly waғғle: Dawn: Elric Merlin- What would Relay be without the familiar voice of
Elric Merlin? He has interviewed countless people, uncovering the behind the scenes voices
of those who Relay. His man on the street conversations are priceless! He has a way of
showing us Relay For Life through wide, awe-inspiring eyes like and his enthusiasm helps us
feel like it’s our first Relay every time. Every year is memorable and I myself watch the
videos over and over.
[10:48] cυddly waғғle: Dawn: Melodie Jigsaw- Although not a member of the Relay Committee,
as many assume she is, she does so much for Relay, building for Kick off and Half way there,
the Keeper of the Torch build and support staff, chat support, helping other teams and
events, encouragement, a soft shoulder to lean on...yes that is right we are talking about
[10:49] cυddly waғғle: Dawn: Congrats to all of you...and thank you for your devotion to RFL
[10:49] cυddly waғғle: Sting:
Over the years, we have always tried to educate our Relay family in Second Life about the
history of our event...and the history of Relay For Life, in general. We always remember
the great Dr. Gordy Klatt, a colorectal surgeon who, in 1985, decided to push the boundaries
of creativity and to come up with a new way that he could help fund the mission of the
American Cancer Society.
[10:50] cυddly waғғle: Sting: During that time, the idea of running or walking a track to
raise money was odd. When he told people about his idea, many of them scoffed or told him
that it couldn’t be done, or he wouldn’t be allowed to do it. But he curated his vision and
knew what was the right way to push his friends, supporters, and the American Cancer Society
toward this new way of thinking. And during his first ever 24 hour walk/run - he raised
$27,000. The next year, others joined him, taking turns for the duration of the event...and
Relay For Life was born.
[10:50] cυddly waғғle: Sting: Gordy’s vision of hope has grown into a worldwide phenomenon,
raising nearly $5 billion in fundraising to save lives from cancer.
[10:50] cυddly waғғle: Sting: In memory of his pioneering spirit and steadfast dedication to
Relay For Life, we are excited to present the Gordy Klatt Memorial Award to someone from
Relay For Life of Second Life who has demonstrated the level of commitment and dedication to
the cause...who has put the big picture ahead of their own interests, who demonstrates a
pioneering and visionary behavior, and whose footprint and legacy will always be a part of
the Relay For Life of Second Life
[10:51] cυddly waғғle: Sting: I can imagine that when our founder Dr Gordy Klatt started
planning his first 24 hrs on that track he came up against people who thought he was crazy.
This years recipient of the Dr Gordys award has had their share of wild ideas and thinking
out of the box on how to fundraise creatively. This team continued all season long on a
mission to push our guidelines with creative thinking and heartfelt passion for Relay. We
see them at so many events I bet some teams are confused as to which team they belong to.
[10:51] cυddly waғғle: (That was Random, my apologies <3 br="">[10:52] cυddly waғғle: Random: Rowena Dubrovna, Cuddley Waffle, Sidonie Carlberg,
Fairiefire.darkwyr, NinaSofia Constantine,Nita10 Resident,Otawan Fouquet,TJ Felicci, Zaphara
Cazalet and the memory of Rico Kamachi, together make up Team Strange Journeys. You all are
being honored today for your creative fundraising and your pioneering vision. The 2015 Dr
Gordy Klatt award goes to Team Strange Journeys.
[10:53] cυddly waғғle: Dawn: I get to announce the spirit of relay award TEAM Award. Awarded
to the team that embodies the “Spirit of the Relay”. “Spirit of the Relay” includes an
overall performance of the team from Kick Off to Relay Day. It is not representative of
simply the amount raised. This award takes into consideration the “spirit” of the team, how
they embraced Relay For Life and the American Cancer Society Mission, and the enthusiasm
displayed. Also considered is the team's participation in Relay activities, as a whole, not
only in their own but other team’s events, as well. Did they embody the ‘we’re all one big
[10:54] cυddly waғғle: Dawn: (from their nomination)
If these people stand for anything, it's for being a team. They act as one cohesive unit
throughout the year, helping one another. They reach out to others, offering support when
they're down and out. I have interacted with many of them around the grid and at their
campsites. Each one has a big heart and tons of energy.
[10:54] cυddly waғғle: Dawn: They entered this season with a smile and finished it off with
a huge round of cheers - this same attitude is how they approach strangers on and off the
track offering friendship and support where it is needed most. They attend many of the Relay
events, and their personal stories are inspiration to all.
[10:54] cυddly waғғle: Dawn: Lead by Debi Dastardly their Captain, the other 35 registered
members includes: dollpartz the Co-Captain; Aarianna Bellic; Axieira Rocurle; ChaosRayne;
Charlize Bellic; Christi Charron; Daphne Yardley; EnchantedDarkness; KristaHarrelson;
Kristina Curtau; KyleWForrester; MalibuBarbara1241 Michigan; Manor Genesis; Mehllama;
mryjanew.beck; Myrago; Mystic India; PattyCloquet; Sayrah Parx; Shadow McConach; Shawna
Trang; Shelara Mills; Shera Landar; Sunbeam Blaisdale; Swoozy Skytower; Thunderstruck
Westland; TinaLynn Ashbourne; tzaryna.gracemount; Ultracrepidarian; VetronUK;
ViktorDarkHeart; Whitewolf Mumfuzz; WinterRavens; ZoraSlade Karu and all the other
[10:55] cυddly waғғle: Dawn: RAH RAH RAH and Many Congrats to Second Life Cheerleader Squad
[10:56] cυddly waғғle: Dawn: Congratulations!
[10:57] cυddly waғғle: Random: I get to give out the Individual Spirit of Relay award.
[10:57] cυddly waғғle: Random: Awarded to the individual that embodies the “Spirit of the
Relay”. “Spirit of the Relay” includes an overall performance from Kick Off to Relay Day.
This award takes into consideration the “spirit” of the individual, how they embraced Relay
For Life and the American Cancer Society Mission, and the enthusiasm displayed. Also
considered is their participation in Relay activities, as a whole, not only in their own
team’s, but other team’s events, as well.
[10:57] cυddly waғғle: Random: Every year certain people stand out for their participation
in showing their Relay spirit. In keeping with the theme of celebrating creativity, one
person comes to mind.
[10:57] cυddly waғғle: Random: The captain of Unmasking a Cure , Mary Teodosio. Mary
stands on the front line of her team. The hours she puts into her team events as well as
coordinating a team mini mega event the medieval fair. She put together jousting
competitions. shield decorating contests and went to numerous clubs to put together her
creative events. But Mary didn’t stop there. Her creativity and passion for Relay was also
displayed in her making two homemade quilts to be auctioned off! Mary attended many of your
team events as well as included you in hers. Congratulations Mary you truly have earned the
individual Spirit of Relay Award!
[10:58] cυddly waғғle: Dawn: Congratulations Mary!!!
[10:58] cυddly waғғle: Dawn: I am now going to hand off to Leala and Melodie for the Keeper
of the Torch.
[10:59] cυddly waғғle: ((Everyone keeps forgetting to unmute their mics! xD)
[10:59] cυddly waғғle: Leala: As we close out this year’s Keeper of the Torch, I’d love to
thank a few
people for making the Keeper of the Torch a success…
[10:59] cυddly waғғle: Leala: To Melodie Jigsaw - for being a great co-chairman and new
for flipping the ribbon and your creativity.
[10:59] cυddly waғғle: Leala: To Dawn and Random for letting us run with this and giving us
[10:59] cυddly waғғle: Leala: Dawn, thank you also for making those special announcements
[10:59] cυddly waғғle: Leala: And to TS, Rendal and Kitty, thank you for being a part of the
and helping to make this year an extra special one.
[11:00] cυddly waғғle: Leala: From the beginning with Poppy and through each week, we had
and honor of getting to know 20 incredible, strong and amazing people.
Thank you for sharing your stories with us. Each one of you is a true
diamond. You have been put under pressure, tried and tested and each of you
is strong & shine so bright.
[11:00] cυddly waғғle: Leala: For all of you that nominated your friends and family members,
Thank you for sharing and showing all of us incredible people who sometimes
are so quiet and work in the shadows. Your nominations gave them the light they so deserve.
[11:00] cυddly waғғle: Leala: We had a total of 60 nominations. Every one of you was
honored by your
friends and family with their nominations.
[11:00] cυddly waғғle: Leala: We would like to recognize our other nominees and let them
know we will be sending each one of you a special package soon.
[11:01] cυddly waғғle: Leala: The fire that burns in the Torch is just a symbol of the fire
in each of us
as Relayers, fighters, and believers of a cure. Till we come back together in March 2016, I
charge each of you as a carrier of the flame.
[11:01] cυddly waғғle: Leala: This is a quote I have read many times throughout this year
and I believe it fits our feelings about our hope and desire for a cure:
[11:01] cυddly waғғle: Leala: "You call it hope - that fire of fire! It is but agony of
desire." - Edgar Allan Poe
[11:01] cυddly waғғle: Leala: Thank you again.
[11:02] cυddly waғғle: Sting: Thank you Leala. I can hear the passion in your voice. Its
[11:02] cυddly waғғle: Sting: I know we're at the hour mark, we're gonna run a little bit
over , but its worth it. What gets me the most emotional today is seeing every=yone in chat
as the nominees are revealed and seeing how this makes you happy.
[11:02] cυddly waғғle: Sting: Making fun things more fun. I think that should be relay's
title. With that we're gonna get into the home stretch.
[11:03] cυddly waғғle: Sting: When I sat down to write some words of inspiration to close
out the year, knowing that Random has a few of her own words next, I kind of feel that I
couldn’t improve on what she has to say…
So, I’ll just remind you all that the organization you have chosen to support...the American
Cancer Society...really is the world’s leader in the fight against cancer. Think about that.
The. WORLD. LEADER. IN. THE. FIGHT. AGAINST. CANCER.
[11:03] cυddly waғғle: Sting: Besides being behind nearly every major cancer breakthrough in
the last 70 years, no other organization in the world invests more money in cancer research
than the American Cancer Society. No other organization in the world works...and leads...a
global coalition to fight cancer, worldwide like we do.
[11:04] cυddly waғғle: Sting: And how to fight cancer in other countries is not always the
same as it is here in the U.S. For example, just a few weeks ago, we partnered with other
organizations to open a pain-free hospital in Nigeria b/c that is what they need at this
point in their national battle against cancer. In other countries, it might be that we’re
helping pave roads to hospitals or that we’re working with them on public health education
about how to prevent certain types of cancers...all through the partnerships that were
started through Relay For Life.
[11:04] cυddly waғғle: Sting: Some time over this past year, I came to a realization that
I’ve shared with a couple of people in a one on one setting, but now that I have your
attention, I’d like to share it with you now. Our job...your job...as Relay
volunteers...when we talk about “outreach,” something you’ll notice will be a major focus
for 2016...when we talk about “outreach,” we aren’t saying that our job is to convince
everyone in Second Life to join Relay.
[11:05] cυddly waғғle: Sting: No, that would be an impossible task. Our job...the
committee, the captains, cancer survivors, caregivers, team members, sponsors, media
partners...everyone in our volunteer group can contribute to this...our job is to FIND the
people in Second Life who WANT to fight cancer...and offer them our Relay For Life as a
platform for how they can do so. We explain to them the impact that the American Cancer
Society has on cancer, we stand proud about our accomplishments and we brag about the
awesome work that we do...and the awesome successful organization that we invest our time
and money in.
[11:05] cυddly waғғle: Sting: And we let them decide whether to join us or not. If they
don’t, that’s ok...we’re just not their cup of tea. After all, it does take a special person
to be a Relayer! If they do join us, we welcome them with open arms, we hug them, and we
introduce them to our thousands of friends! And we know and we trust that our friends will
be just as welcoming and supportive. We make their first year as easy and as fun as
possible. And we focus on what we do well!!
[11:06] cυddly waғғle: Sting: So be sure that you are on the lookout in the coming weeks for
our 2016 Committee Interest form.
[11:06] cυddly waғғle: Sting: And now, I’m sure you’re all sitting there saying, “that’s
nice Sting, but what will be our 2016 theme?” Well, it’s time to reveal it!! We tallied the
votes and the theme that received the most votes is:
[11:06] cυddly waғғle: Sting: Once Upon A Cure!!!!
[11:07] cυddly waғғle: Sting: This theme can be special because, it isn’t saying that the
cure is a fairy tale or that a cancer patient’s journey isn’t ‘real.’ When we look at this
theme, what makes me excited comes from the question: Why do we tell stories?...not just
fairy tales...but all types of stories? Remember that great stories, even fairy tales, last
the test of time because they’re meaningful and they provide value.
[11:07] cυddly waғғle: Sting: Fairy tales function to address those big life questions, to
help us to face life’s struggles, to help us understand morality and responsibility. But
more than that, this theme of Once Upon A Cure gives us the chance to highlight our own
stories. What will be the story of Relay For Life of Second Life in 2016? What will be YOUR
chapter in that story? We love hearing the stories of our cancer survivors, and we wipe away
tears when we read or listen to the Why I Relay/Why Do You Relay segments.
[11:08] cυddly waғғle: Sting: Next year - I’m looking forward to Once Upon A Cure because I
can’t wait to tell, read, watch, listen, and learn from all of your stories!
[11:08] cυddly waғғle: Random: Thank you Sting! I love that - once upon a cure!
[11:08] cυddly waғғle: Random: I would like to close out this RFL of SL 2015 by sharing with
you a few things I learned. I have Relayed in SL for going on 9yrs. Every year has brought
twists and turns In those 9 years I have shared with my friends and family that I Relay
online, I try to explain the world we have here and the Relay teams, only to get a look of
confusion and the questions I see in their minds like “WHY would you want to do that!” I am
sure several of you are familiar with THAT look.
[11:09] cυddly waғғle: Random: I would suspect that instead of trying to explain your
avatar, your bond with people you have never seen face to face, how a virtual Relay can make
US Dollars to help fight in the cure for cancer, you simply keep it to yourself.
[11:09] cυddly waғғle: Random: Sting and I just returned from the National RFL Leadership
Summit in Dallas Texas. I sat with over 1000 Relayers from all over our nation. There were
47 global Relayers. I met 3 girls from Belgium, a couple from India and sat at a workshop
with a man from Tokyo. The whole summit was life memorable. I sat during those sessions
and looked around. What I saw was really unbelievable. I saw right into the hearts of every
[11:10] cυddly waғғle: Random: I saw the excitement and the passion for Why they Relay. I
saw the fight left in them to go back where their teams are and share all they learned from
those 2 days. I saw that unspoken bond between each person whose eyes met mine. It is
obvious that Their character and their attitude is driven by their passion.
[11:10] cυddly waғғle: Random: During our workshops and free time people would mingle and
talk about their Relay. My typical opening was “Well I represent the one Relay Dr Gordy
Klatt never visualize. I am the event chair of THE VIRTUAL RELAY. Instead of getting the
organic look of confusion and seeing the questions in their mind of “Why would you want to
do that?” I saw total excitement!
[11:11] cυddly waғғle: Random: More often than not I heard “OH your secondlife Relay” or OH
my gosh I heard about you or a Virtual Relay? I need to hear all about this!! I was so
honestly proud to tell them about OUR Relay. How close to 2000 avatars, 200 teams, and we
have been Relaying 11 years. I share with them our avatars can be a dragon, an otter, a
unicorn, a pink dinkie dressed up as grandma, a gorean, the hulk or a blonde barbie.
[11:11] cυddly waғғle: Random: Their eyes get bigger as more questions start to erupt. How
do we do events? How do we have our Relay weekend? Just how do we go about fundraising? I
stand very proud in sharing with them that We are knocking on the door of the 3 MILLION
mark! They are all blown away and want to hear more. RFL of SL Relay for life is a very
real and vital part of something bigger than us.
[11:12] cυddly waғғle: Random: Gary Reedy, the CEO of The American Cancer Society, said “
All of you are on a mission to end cancer. What greater calling could there be?” Think on
that. You are being used to put an end to cancer.
[11:12] cυddly waғғle: Random: All the work you put into this year, every time you said
“Thank you for your donation” Every tear shed and every inspired story you heard has made a
difference. Because of you, The Society is funding 441 million dollars in active grants for
research this year. You are part of the largest non government cancer research!
[11:13] cυddly waғғle: Random: Your hard work has caused the death rates go down 22 percent
in the world and gave 14.5 million survivors more birthdays. It paid for 270,000 night's
sleep at Hope Lodge for those who needed a place to stay while going through treatment.
[11:13] cυddly waғғle: Random: Everyone of you can stand so proud in knowing your
determination to find a cure while honoring those you do it for is making a difference.
Thank you for your energy. Thank you for being the Relay Dr Gordy Klatt never visualized.
[11:14] cυddly waғғle: Random : Now let me share with you our upcoming 2016 schedule. Our
Once Upon a Cure season kick off will be March 6th. Team registration will begin in
February followed by Paint SL Purple. Half way there celebration will be held on May 14th
and 15th. Our 2016 Relay weekend will be held on July 16 and 17th and wrap up will be held
on Aug 14th. Be checking the website for all updated information. We already are working
hard at work planning what will be a memorable and one step closer to our goal to put an end
to cancer with our Once Upon a Cure.
[11:15] cυddly waғғle: Random: And now, I will hand it back to Sting for a special
[11:15] cυddly waғғle: Sting: Wih the success of RFL over the last several years, how could
we not recognise someone who has contributedf to the history and success, without inductingt
hem into the hall of honor?
[11:16] cυddly waғғle: Sting: In years past, we've listed accomplishments, we're identified
ways in which people have brought this events to new heights. We've narrowed our focus on
those who have sacrificed themselves for the greater good. Our newest inductee embodies all
these qualities. She's been involved in RFL of SL since day one but has always found a way
to challenge the status quo.
[11:16] cυddly waғғle: Sting: She was a top team captain for several years. She started not
one, but two megs events which opened the doors for new ways for people to get involved.
[11:17] cυddly waғғle: Sting: She would later join the committee, and ultimately became the
relay event lead. During her two years, we raised 808,000 dollats.
[11:17] cυddly waғғle: Sting: She creatednew awards to recognise important contributions,
and always kept her focus on evolving relay beyond our volunteer group.
[11:18] cυddly waғғle: Sting: Personally, I know how much this event means to her and how
much each and everyone of you means to her. I know why relay for life is important to her. I
regret not being able to let her know how important she is until now.
[11:18] cυddly waғғle: Sting I know whats in her heart and her ultimate goal has always been
for us to act as one unit, in being members of the SL commuity. Her vision is so much more
than just beinga fundraiser. She dreams we can be a community leader, and use our success
to help other communities become valuable contribitors.
[11:19] cυddly waғғle: Sting: It was never about her, or getting her way. It was about how
can we propel this relay, so we can make a real difference?
[11:19] cυddly waғғle: Sting: I, Stingray Raymaker, am proud to induct into the RFL Hall of
Honor, Nikki Mathieson.
[11:23] Kitty Gumbo: Thank you Cuddly
[11:23] Kitty Gumbo: HUGS
[11:26] cυddly waғғle: Sting: And now we're gonna force her on the mic... congratulations
[11:26] cυddly waғғle: Nikki: oh , I am so shocked, and i thank you guys so much. Your crier
is back! That recording was just ... the people you reched out to.. who i had the extreme
mpleasure of working wih over the years...
[11:27] cυddly waғғle: Nikki: I cant even tell you one moment that stands out became so many
do. I thank you guys very very much, I did not see this coming.
[11:28] cυddly waғғle: Nikki: I love you guys , I love every one of you.
[11:29] cυddly waғғle: Nikki: I#'ll never forget this day.
[11:29] cυddly waғғle: Sting: Does the cable man wonder why you're crying?
[11:29] cυddly waғғle: Nikki: No, he's gone.
[11:30] cυddly waғғle: Random: NOW sit back and relax. Please give a warm welcome to Misfit
Dance and Performance Art dance troupe. JenZa Misfit is the captain of RFL Butterfly
Strong team a first year team. Jenza and her dance team who consist of Dulcikate Noel &
Pheobe ( darkentippy resident ) have performed throughout the Relay.
[11:30] cυddly waғғle: Random: I quote from JenZa “ I have been producing dance performance
art for about 8 months and when I decided to put a number of my pieces together in a fully
produced "show" , I needed to think about a title. I have always loved the word MOSAIC.
It reminds me that bigger pictures can be created by combining individual pieces into a
creative & beautiful pattern that magically come together and take on a whole new meaning!
[11:31] cυddly waғғle: Random: "I am so inspired by everyone involved with Relay For Life in
SL~ and as I was setting up our camp this year, it dawned on me that I was part of a huge
amazing " living " MOSAIC. "
[11:31] cυddly waғғle: Random: You are ALL the singular pieces that unite with so much
passion, dedication & creativity to form this grand MOSAIC we call RFL in SL and I am
honored to be amongst you.
[11:31] cυddly waғғle: Random: The Future is Now , but I want to personally Thank You for
your commitment to a bigger & better tomorrow and I look forward to working with you all
again in 2016! Join us now for our presentation of MOSAIC.”
[11:33] cυddly waғғle: [11:31] Now playing Sister Sledge -- We Are Family3>