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Relay for Life tops $30,000 mark

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County reaches milestone once again

By John Overby

This year’s version of the Washington County Relay for Life annual fundraiser saw a few added wrinkles from years past.

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For one, the venue was completely different, moving from St. Catharine College to Idle Hour Park for the first time.

The other major change was the time. Typically an overnight event, this year’s installment of Relay started at 11 a.m. and ended at 11 p.m.

However, the changes did not equal better attendance, which first-year committee chairperson Monica Osborne described as “light.” But that didn’t stop the donations from pouring in.

This Relay event brought in more than $32,000, an increase of more than $2,000 from last year.

“Everything went really well for this being our first year with the new changes,” Osborne said. “It wasn’t a large crowd, but it was a consistent crowd. There were a lot of faces that we’d never seen before, and that is an important thing for us.”

The total was still a bit off from the $33,000 goal given to them by the American Cancer Society, but with the deadline not until Aug. 31, there is still plenty of time to reach that objective.

While there are no additional fundraisers planned as of yet, donations oftentimes keep trickling in after the initial event is held.

“We’re very confident that we’ll reach our goal,” Osborne said. “We just hope to get the word out that we’re a little bit shy of what we need.”

As for next year’s fundraiser, the committee is still unsure if it will stick with this new format, but based on the overwhelmingly positive response that Osborne has already received, her feeling is that there is a good chance it will continue with this set-up.

“We’ll spend some time getting feedback from the committee and from the community before we make any decisions,” Osborne said. “We’ll make our choice based on that. But what I’ve heard, I think everybody liked doing it in the daytime and liked it being at the park. We just have to wait and see what everybody says, though.”

To donate to the cause, go online to www.relayforlife.com and find the Washington County event or find any team or committee member.