Updated: Nov 12, 2020

August 25, 2020

A message from Stingray...

We had some great theme options for Relay 2021, and I truly feel that any of them would have made for a wonderful Relay season. But, since we can only have one theme at a time, you all voted and the theme earning the most votes is:

A Cure! For A Happy Ending!

A big Relay shout out to Andy Rook for submitting this winning theme idea.

I can't wait to see the whimsical adventure that you all create along the track next year as you interpret fairy tales & nursery rhymes.

Updated: Nov 12, 2020

From Nuala Maracas (slchristmasexpo@slchristmasexpo.com)

“CHRISTMAS MEMORIES” The 10th Anniversary SL Christmas Expo Now Accepting Merchants

Christmas trees towering over your head while the Lionel train makes is journey around the base. Brightly wrapped gifts spread under the lowest boughs, as the aroma of sugar cookies and gingerbread drift in from the kitchen. Carols playing on the Victrola while the family gathers together to celebrate the holidays. Christmas Memories of all shapes and sizes spring to mind each year as the holidays approach.

The 2020 SL Christmas Expo, December 4th -13th celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. Once again merchants from across the grid will come together to Give the Gift of Hope to Children with Cancer.

In support of the American Cancer Society, the Expo and its partner Linden Lab has set a goal of $25,000 (L$6,250,000) to provide funding for the fight against childhood cancer.

The 2020 Expo, “Christmas Memories”, will feature a multiple region collection of more than 150 of Second Life’s premier Merchants, Breedable and One Of A Kind Auctions, Gotchas, Hunts and lots more. As always you will find Christmas Tree lots, Ice Skating, our annual Snowman Building Contest and appearances by Santa and Mrs. Claus. The Holly Jolly Café returns bring nearly nonstop entertainment and the 3rd Annual Lights of Hope contest will feature the best builders and teams of Lindens and Moles competing in a holiday home decoration competition to be judged by YOU.

Our 10 days of Christmas will culminate with our Live Auction, featuring amazing one of a kind items from Linden Lab and SL’s top creators and the Annual Holidays of Hope Ball.

Since 2011 the SL Christmas Expo has provided Second Life residents with the premier Holiday Shopping and Entertainment event and Christmas Memories is sure to do the same. Believe in the Magic of Christmas… Reserve your shoppes and sponsorships NOW at SLChristmasExpo.com.

*In-world Inquiries should be directed to: Merchant Registration Coordinator Emirsyn (Emi Resident)

The American Cancer Society is the world’s leader in the fight against childhood cancer, attacking cancer from every angle. All proceeds from the SL Christmas Expo support the Society and its mission to Save Lives, Celebrate Lives and Lead the Fight for a World Without Cancer.

If you or a loved one has questions or needs help with a cancer diagnosis call the American Cancer Society 800 227-2345 visit cancer.org or the American Cancer Society region in Second Life.

Updated: Nov 12, 2020

A Message From Stingray - Thursday, June 25, 2020

I’ve been asked a few times over the last few weeks about how covid-19 has impacted the American Cancer Society, and I’ve answered as honestly as I could. The Society has made adjustments to become more efficient, including a complete restructuring of positions, roles and responsibilities. All staff were offered the option to apply for any position. I realized that there were multiple paths for me to consider, including the option to pursue opportunities outside of the American Cancer Society. As I weighed my options, I felt that none of the re-organized positions at the American Cancer Society were the right fit for me at this time. But the one constant was that I wanted to stay involved with our community in Second Life.

Ultimately, I decided to pursue another career path that would be a better fit for my family.

Remember that clip we played during the Opening Ceremony, where Mama, Nikki, Trager and I were talking to Julie Brickner? That was an excerpt from a meeting where we discussed the idea that I could still be the Ambassador between the American Cancer Society and Second Life, even if I wasn’t an employee. Fortunately, what WE have accomplished TOGETHER over the last 16 years was enough for them to recognize, value, and appreciate that the reason this works...is not because it’s me. Not because it’s you. But because it’s US.

And from that understanding - we were able to solidify a deal between the American Cancer Society and Linden Lab where I will remain the liaison between the ACS, you (our community), and Linden Lab.

If you’re wondering what will be different in 2021, I can assure you that the only difference will be my title. Your fundraising dollars will continue to be protected by supervision of Linden Lab and the American Cancer Society. Your donations will continue to support The Society’s global mission of funding cancer research and patient/caregiver services both in and outside of Second Life. Our tools will continue to improve. Our island and our services will remain intact. Our community will continue to grow. And more Relayers will be empowered to act in an environment that we have established to allow you to use the virtual world to make a meaningful difference in the fight against cancer.

I look to the successes of the 2020 season as examples of our resilience. I have met so many talented Relayers, all prepared to do more so that we can continue to become better and better each year. I’ve learned from you all that whatever curveball life throws at us, the reason why we can handle it is because we handle it… together.

We are the greatest community in Second Life - not because of any one of us, but rather because it is all of us working together. And while our lives have all changed over the last 16 years, we have built relationships with one another based on many years of commitment, respect, and trust. And I ask you to continue to place your trust in me...and in one another...and continue the walk…..together.

Oh, there is one other thing that will be different - at some point in the next 10 months, we’ll have to stop saying that we’ve raised over $3.5 Million (usd) because we’ll have raised $4 Million, all-time!!

Saffia Widdershins and Zander Greene have offered to host a live stream interview/Q&A session where we can discuss the future of ACS in SL. We encourage our supporters to ask questions through this form. Watch the Relay For Life of Second Life Facebook Page to learn the date, time, and location of the live stream.