Thursday, June 14, 2007
Relay sets record; $58,000 raised
By SUE WATSON
One of the largest crowds ever turned out for the Marshall County chapter of the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life celebration Friday at Sam Coopwood Park.
There was plenty to celebrate - the survivors, home grown musical talent, decorated camp sites, and a community-wide unity of purpose. It is a night every year in Holly Springs where everyone is a good neighbor.
This year’s goal was to raise $55,000, according to Connie Mason with the organizing committee. She said Tuesday contributions are still coming in, but a new record has been set with already $58,131 raised.
Big Star Baggers, for the fourth year in a row, raised the most money for the American Cancer Society - $8,631. Parker’s Walkers (Parker Racor) took second place, and Merchants and Farmers Bank came in third for the most money raised. Each raised just over $5,000.
Twenty-eight teams participated in this year’s event, according to Landry Hearn, team development coordinator.
“It’s not the largest crowd ever, but we raised the largest amount of money ever,” Hearn said.
Best decorated campsite went to First State Bank for their theme - Country Hoodie-Hoo Hoedown. Second was The South Reporter with a Halloween theme - Scaring Away Cancer. Third place went to Big Star Baggers – Cinco De Mayo, Putting Cancer in a Bag.
Mt. Olive Baptist Church of Potts Camp received the award for the largest number of team members who stayed all night. It was estimated that six teams stayed all night.
In the entertainment competition, Annie Moffitt was named Relay Idol. Second place for Relay Idol went to duo Emma Burleson and Banks Carlisle. Third place Idol went to Trinity Mission’s Mississippi Boys.
Rust College and Ray Von Autry provided the sound equipment and A&B Distributors provided the stage.
On stage entertainment included musical guests Katrice Ivy Edwards, Carol Jean Taylor, Mitch Stone Jr., Emily Thomas Hurdle, Tony Roberts, Billy Brown, Charley Kyles and Destiny Stone.
Emcees for the evening were Wayne Fiddis, Rodney Whaley and Kelvin Buck.
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