Nearly $120,000 raised at Relay
by Franklin Clark -- fclark@cadizrecord.com
May 13, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Despite less-than-ideal economic conditions and rains that caused the entire relay to be held in the Trigg County Middle School gymnasium, Trigg County’s American Cancer Society Relay for Life picked up more than $119,000 last weekend.

It was the first time in the 12-year history of the Trigg Relay that the entire rally was held indoors, said Dannye Wagner, co-chair of Trigg County Relay for Life. “The teams and crowd were grateful to the inside and dry during the storms on Friday night,” Wagner said.

It was announced on Saturday that of the $119,025.75 that had been raised during the relay, Oak Grove Baptist Church, with captain Jim Tribble, was the team that raised the most, with $40,785. The second place team was Kirby Family and friend, with team captain Carolyn Freeman, and they raised $7,049. The third place team was Blue Springs Ranch, with team captain Charles Terrell, and they raised $2,978,75.

The multiple team winners were Ms. Fits teams One and Two, with team captains Pat Board and Dannye Wagner, and they raised $36,000. The youth team winner was Trigg County High School, with team captains Molly Thompson and Shelby Stevens, and they raised $2,254.04.

The top adult individual fundraiser was Oak Grove team member Patti Purkes, who raised $14,650, and the top youth individual fundraiser was Jeffery Ross, who raised $200.

Pat Board, a co-chair for Trigg County Relay for Life, said this is her 12th year with Relay, although she has only co-chaired for the past several years, and went on to say that she works for 10 months out of the year with Relay.

Dennis Eggers, a Relay volunteer who is about to retire from the National Rifle Association, said this was his sixth year volunteering for Relay for Life, and added that his favorite part of volunteering with Relay is working with the cancer survivors.

“We’ve … lost several members of our families to various kinds of cancer,” Eggers said.

Eggers also said that despite the heavy rains, there was a great turnout for the Relay, especially on Friday night. “A lot of folks came out and supported the event,” he said.

Maggie Myers, who is with the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), said she has been volunteering for Relay for Life in Trigg County for several years as well. The RSVP was advertising for colorectal cancer screening.

“I have a good time when I come out,” Myers said.

There were other awards given out at the Relay. Winning Best Costumes was the Ms. Fits team, winning the Team Spirit Award was the Oak Grove Baptist Church team and winning the Spirit of Relay Award was Gail Oliver of the Oak Grove Baptist Church team.

Winning the Healthy Cooking Contest was Jones and Jessup Family and Friends, wining the “Mis Ter” Hollywood Contest was Oak Grove Baptist Church and winning the Relay’s Got Talent Contest was Jones and Jessup Family and Friends.

Other teams that participated included Delmont Baptist Church, Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, New Light Baptist Church and Kirby Family and Friends.
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