June 23, 2011

Scotland County Relay for Life Raises $21,009 in 2011

More pictures from the Relay for Life can be viewed at our Facebook Page.

Between the many rain showers, a ray of sunshine found Scotland County on June 10th and 11th as the clouds departed long enough for the Memphis City Square to turn into a memorial for cancer patients lost, a celebration of those who are beating the disease, and a race to prevent both in the not-too-distant future.

Six teams built their campsites Friday night on the grounds of the Scotland County Courthouse and dug in for the Scotland County Relay for Life. When the final laps were completed on Saturday morning, the volunteers' efforts paid off, to the tune of $21,009 raised for the American Cancer Society.

"This is amazing," said committee chairperson Diane Tague. "It could not have been accomplished without all of the hard work from our teams and the support of our great community."

The special event was opened with the National Anthem sang by Paige McClamroch. The V.F.W. color guard led the traditional survivors lap, with victims of the disease making the first circuit around the square to celebrate their victory over the disease.

A new feature at the 2011 Relay was "Dancing With the Survivors" a mix between the traditional dollar dance common at wedding receptions and the popular television program Dancing with the Stars. Friends, family members or spectators made a donation to the Relay in exchange for a dance with a cancer survivor of their choice to the music provided by P.T. Woods who once again graciously donated his services for the entire event.

After the dance floor cleared, the Show-Me Dog Club and Canine Capers teamed up to entertain the crowd with a demonstration.

That gave Michael and Beverly Moore, Paul Tague and their team of volunteers just enough time to set up the 559 memorial luminaries on the south side of the square. The white Relay for Life bags each contained a small candle, that was lit during a special ceremony to commemorate the names of cancer victims that adorned the bags.

Because cancer never sleeps, at least one member of each team was completing laps around the square from approximately 7 p.m. until 6 a.m. Saturday morning.

The campsites remained busy, with raffles, food sales and other fundraising activities throughout the evening.

The FCCLA team was crowned champions of the lip sync contest between team representatives. The Scotland County Care Center team took home honors as the top campsite. The other teams participating were the Masonic Lodge, All-in-the-Family and Then Some; Season of Hope, and the United Methodist Church Youth Group.

"If you donated your time, gave money or just came out for the evening to show your support, give yourself a pat on the back for helping," said Tague. "All donations, no matter how big or small, are greatly appreciated."

With the 2011 Relay for Life in the books, work is already underway for the 2012 event.

Anyone wanting to form a team or volunteer to serve on the committee can contact Tague at 660-216-5083 or find out more information by talking with team members.

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