Thursday, June 20, 2013
Relay expects to meet goal
By SUE WATSON
The 14th Marshall County Relay for Life will likely exceed the American Cancer Society’s goal this year of $51,000, according to committee member Lisa Liddy.
She said $46,000 has been collected so far and a pledge of $5,000, if it comes in, will bring this year’s proceeds up to the ACS goal.
The committee’s goal was $60,000, Liddy said.
Turnout at the Relay was good, according to event chairperson Linda Wilson. She said the Marshall County Fairgrounds was a good venue and the Relay group has asked to hold the event there again next year.
Wilson thanked members of the fairgrounds board of directors and Jerry Bolden and Junior Britt for helping set up for the Relay. It was her second year to serve as event chair. She said the weather was good and the children enjoyed the inflatables. There was a lot of cooking and good things to eat.
WKRA 92.7 FM broadcasted the event for one hour and Rust College provided the sound system with Sharon Goodman-Hill serving as emcee.
Once again, Connie Mason helped to keep things going, Wilson said. Mason has 14 years of experience with the Relay.
Joyce Holland, who is in her second year working with the Relay, sold luminarias. Her team is Grays Chapel/Hudsonville. She was impressed with attendance and the facilities.
“We had golf carts this year for those unable to walk all the way around the track,” she said. “And parking was great. The bathrooms were close by. Water and pumps were available at the RV outlets.
“I thank everyone who purchased luminarias.”
Holland has a sister who is a 24-year cancer survivor.
The golf carts were a loan from Kirkwood National Golf Club and Strawberry Plains Audubon Center.
And she reminded those who still have money to contribute to this year’s fund-raiser that fund-raising does not end until August 30.
“I had two people give me $100 at church,” she said. “So, don’t think it’s over.”
Liddy said the fairgrounds was an excellent venue because of the level ground to walk on.
Honors went to Big Star Baggers for raising the most money and to Mt. Pisgah and ICS Head Start for taking second and third places, respectively.
Best campsite went to Alliance HealthCare. The Most Spirit award went to Zeta Phi Beta. The new team to raise the most money was Byhalia Family Health Center. The person who raised the most money was Linda Wilson, who raised $900 on her own the night of the Relay, according to Mason.
Bolden, president of the fairgrounds board, said a crushed rock walking track, laid just in time for this event, will stay there permanently.
The Relay is already booked at the fairgrounds for next year, he said.
“They’ve already got it,” he said. “We are tickled to death to have them.”
Bolden arrived at the fairgrounds Friday about 9:30 p.m., after the rodeo was over in Byhalia, to find the walking track full and cars lined up all the way back to the highway. He estimated a crowd of from 2,000 to 3,000 at that time.
The event is strongly supported by local churches, healthcare providers, local sororities and fraternities, and businesses. Elected officials from the county and city and members of the newly elected board of aldermen supported the event this year by their attendance.
“It’s wonderful to see the community come together to fight for a common cause,” Liddy said. “It really does bring this community together.”
This year’s teams included Alliance HealthCare, Anderson Chapel, Asbury United Methodist, Beta Babes (Beta Sigma Phi), Carlisle’s Big Star Baggers, Byhalia Family Clinic, Town of Byhalia, Cancer Missionaries (Calvin Chapel), Christians for a Cancer Cure (First United Methodist), Delta Theta, Firehawks (City of Holly Springs Employees), Grays Chapel/Hudsonville, Holly Springs High School NHS, HSMCC/UFAC, ICS, Lesure Cares, Merchants & Farmers Bank, Mt. Pisgah, Mt. Zion - Taska, Newell Chapel, Omega Psi Phi, Phi Beta Sigma, Rayford Family, Reid’s Gift, Trinity Mission, Union Valley, WHO (Mt. Olive) and Zeta Phi Beta.
The organizations or businesses sponsoring the event included – Hawkins Family Medicine, Holly Springs Garden Club, J.F. Brittenum & Son Funeral Home, Merchants & Farmers Bank, New Hope Baptist Church, Rust College and Walmart.
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