Thursday, June 17, 2010
Relay bounces back, raises $42K
By SUE WATSON
The Marshall County Relay For Life was considered a success this year, partly because weather permitted the act to go on and a good crowd turned out to enjoy fun and fellowship.
The event was canceled due to weather last year and cut short around midnight in 2008.
As of Monday $42,495.51 has been raised this year, according to Kathy Ritts. The award for the team raising the most money went to Merchants & Farmers Bank, with the Big Star Baggers (Carlisle’s Big Star) coming in second.
Reid’s Gift Church won the Sunrise Award for the team with the most members on the field at the end of the event. They had 27 members to stay all night.
“That’s their thing, from the first year that they organized as a team,” Ritts said.
Marshall County Relay had set a goal to raise $65,000 this year but fell behind due to hard economic times. But hard times did not diminish the love and the fun shared Friday night at kickoff, with the survivors’ lap, the caregivers’ lap and then the team parade.
This year’s theme – “A world with less cancer is a world with more birthdays” – brought lots of birthday cakes and party favors into the campsite decorations.
Gracie Echols, county chair of the Relay for Life, was sad that Marshall County is short $22,000 below its goal for the year, but reminds everyone that it is not too late to make a donation and have it count toward this year’s goal.
“This weekend we raised over $42,000 for the American Cancer Society, and we had fun doing it,” she said. “The response to our effort to raise money to make this world with less cancer was a great reminder of what makes the Marshall County community so special. Thank you for your contributions, your countless hours of volunteer services and your participation. The ACS Marshall County committee thanks all those who stepped up and provided first-class entertainment.”
Cheers and special thanks to the sponsors – American Pacific Paneling, J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home, Rust College & WURC radio, Merchants & Farmers Bank, The South Reporter, WKRA radio, Asbury United Methodist Church, Byers Law Firm/Shirley Byers, Holly Springs Utility Department employees and the Marshall County community.
And thanks to the Relay for Life committee and these teams – Alliance HealthCare System; Anderson Chapel CME Church; Asbury United Methodist Church; Beta Sigma Phi Sorority; Big Star Baggers; Cancer Missionaries; Believers (Christ Temple Church of God in Christ); Christians for a Cancer Cure (First United Methodist Church); Hopewell #1 MB Church; ICS Head Start; Merchants and Farmers Bank; Marshall County/Holly Springs Rust Club; Marshall County Sheriff’s Department; Working to Help Others (Mt. Olive MB Church); Mt. Pisgah CME Church; Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity; Omega Psi Phi Fraternity; Powell Chapel Lodge; Rayford Family; Reid’s Gift Missionary Baptist Church; St. Paul CME Church; Sons of Blood & Thunder (Omegas); Trinity Mission Health and Rehab; Union Valley MB Church; Walmart; Zeta Upsilon Zeta; and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority.
This year the national Relay For Life celebrates its 25th year.
Proceeds go to the American Cancer Society for education, research, early detection and to support those locally who need help getting to treatment centers. Donations can be made payable to The American Cancer Society, Marshall County Relay For Life, 607 W. Main Street, Suite C, Tupelo, MS 38804.
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