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Relay goal reached, sort of

Donations for Relay for Life still coming in

POSTED June 14, 2011 5:00 p.m.
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DALE HOGG Great Bend Tribune/

An attendee of the 2011 Relay for Life of Barto...

The 17th-annual Relay for Life of Barton County cleared its first hurdle when the weather cooperated to give organizers ideal conditions this past weekend for their over-night cancer-fighting event.
News of the Relay clearing its second hurdle came in the wee hours of Saturday morning, as weary participants learned they made their goal of raising $125,000. “This was thanks to the generous support of the teams, sponsors and the community as a whole,” event Chairperson Linn Hogg said.
However, she said, the job isn’t over. The $125,000 is actually a net total.
Hogg said it costs about $4-5,000 to pull off an event of this size. So, in reality, they need to raise about $29,000.
“We are well on the way to this,” she said. Many of the 24 teams taking part in the Relay still have on-going fund raisers and there are other donors still contributing.
The Relay committee will hold a wrap-up meeting before the end of June, and at that time, will learn just were the totals stand. It has until Aug. 15 to turn in funds to be counted this year.
Last year’s relay met the gross total. With a goal of $115,000, it brought in over $120,000, the first Barton County relay in a couple of years to meet its target.
As for the 2011 Relay, Hogg said she was very pleased. “It went off very well.”
Tents sprouted up on the Barton County courthouse square Friday and  crowds of team members, volunteers and interested spectators filled the plaza. Hogg said, judging from the size of the throng, attendance was up from last year.
The Barton County Relay has a tradition to maintain. For the last 10 years, the Barton County Relay has been number one in the state in terms of per-capita funds raised.
The 2012 Barton County Relay is tentatively set for June 8-9. The chairperson will be Shannon Wittig and the co-chair will be Sheri Elsen.
Dating back to 1985, Relays for Life are the American Cancer Society’s single largest fund-raising activity.  Started in the United States, it has become an international effort.
For more info on this year’s Relay or to contribute, contact Hogg at 620-617-3640 or Team Development Chairperson Kandi Wolf at 620-797-5651.

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