Shorter hours didn’t keep Relay for Life from collecting its usual haul of donations in the fight against cancer.
Organizer Sharon Walker reports the event, held Friday night at Nunley Stadium, raised over $125,000 with more money still to come.
“We left the field that night with $126,000,” said Walker on Monday. “The donations will continue to trickle in for a few more weeks. The average is about $10,000 to $15,000 in the weeks after Relay. I know of over $3,000 we should be getting in the next day or two, so that will bring us close to $130,000.”
Traditionally speaking, Relay for Life will generate between $100,000 and $135,000. In its banner year, the event raised $175,000.
“We have a very generous community,” said Walker. “And we have a lot of veteran teams that have been at this all 11 years. They know what works and they repeat it.”
This was the first time in Relay’s 11-year history in Warren County the event didn’t extend into the early morning hours on Saturday. It ended Friday at midnight.
Walker said the shorter hours were appreciated by many of the team members and it really didn’t have any impact on fundraising.
“We have a lot of company teams with employees who have to work on Saturday so this was a break for them,” said Walker. “Most of the public was gone by 12 or 1 a.m. anyway, so it just became a big slumber party at that point.”
Professional wrestling was added to Relay for the first time this year and was a crowd favorite, Walker says. At times hundreds of people were watching the action inside the ring.