Oak Grove Baptist Church took first as the top fundraising individual team with $52,080. The Ford Family and Friends managed second with $15,001 while the Kirby Family and Friends won third with $6,893. The top multiple team were the Ms. Fits Teams One and Two with $35,068. Trigg County High School’s Youth Team placed top among area youth by raising $3,215. The Relay recognized Bill Purkes, Jr.- a member of the Oak Grove Baptist team, as the top individual fundraiser with $10,950. His teammate Kathy McCraw took the title of second top individual, with $7,109. Jeffrey Ross earned the top youth individual prize with $565. Other prizes included the Ford Family and Friends with best costumes for their “Cancer Stinks” theme. The Ford Crew dressed in skunk costumes. The Kirby Family and Friends took home a trophy for Best Campsite.
Three teams, Ford Family, Rocky Ridge Baptist Adult Team and Rocky Ridge Youth shared the team spirit award. Individual spirit went to Vicki Likens with Carolyn Bland second. Oak Grove Baptist Church won the healthy cooking award while Perry Boyd won the karaoke contest.
“We’re very very satisfied with this year’s Relay,” said Co-Chair Dannye Wagner. “We’ve always done the best that we can do, and the teams worked hard. I’m proud of everyone. They did a wonderful job.”
As the 19 teams gathered at Trigg County High School’s Perdue Field, the sky grew grey, and the wind carried a hint of rain. Wagner said that she hoped the rain would pass, but said she had plans to move the event into the Trigg County Middle School Gymnasium.
“Everyone had a good time. The weather couldn’t have been better,” she said. “The teams enjoyed plenty of food and games, and we had more survivors at this Relay than we ever have seen in the past. That is the number we really want to see grow.”
Honorary Co-chairman Lennus Redd took his place among the survivors on Friday night. He said, “It’s an honor and a privilege to be here, and good to be thought of by the committee. They could have given it to someone else.” He said that he planned to meet and spend time with the other survivors during the course of the Relay, while visiting all tents around the track.
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