July 8, 2010

Relay for Life Tops Quarter Million Dollar Mark at 10th Annual Event

The Scotland County Relay for Life passed a significant milestone at the conclusion of the 10th annual American Cancer Society fundraiser held in Memphis in June. The group marked the conclusion of its 10th season with a significant announcement made at the wrap up meeting held June 28th to conclude the 2010 event.

Chairman Diane Tague happily announced that the 2010 efforts had generated $23,644.45 for cancer research. But more impressive was the announcement that the group’s 10-year efforts have raised more than a quarter of a million dollars for the American Cancer Society. Tague reported that the Scotland County Relay for Life has generated $250,500 in that time span.

“All of this is made possible by the hard work of the teams and the continued support of the community,” said Tague.

The Relay for Life teams take much of the credit for the fundraising. In addition to constantly having at least one member making circuits around the relay’s track, the Memphis City Square, the teams also take it upon themselves to host fundraisers at their campsites in addition to many other moneymaking efforts held throughout the year.

The 2010 Relay for Life teams were Scotland County Care Center; No Payne No Gain; Seasons of Hope; United Methodist Church; FCCLA; All in the Family and Then Some; and the Masons. The later was a new team in 2010.

The SCCC team and the No Payne No Gain team were honored as 10-year participants.

Another fundraising effort of the Relay for Life is luminary sales. The decorated candle bags are purchased for display at the relay, often times in memory of a friend or family member that has fought the cancer fight. In 2010 more than 500 luminaries lit the city square.

Tague praised the efforts of organizer Michael Moore, who handle the luminary sales again this year.

The 2010 Relay for Life Hero of Hope honor was bestowed on cancer survivor Ann Luther. The award was presented by Joe and Lori Fulk.

Plans are already underway for the 2011 Relay for Life. Anyone interested in starting a team can contact any committee member or team captain for more information.

“We’re always looking for new teams and their ideas,” Tague said. “Remember, none of this could be possible without you.”

All of the money raised by the Relay for Life goes to the American Cancer Society for cancer education, research and advocacy.

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