Relay has raised $32K+

Published 12:02 am Wednesday, April 11, 2012

With just over two weeks left before the April 27 Covington County Relay for Life event, fundraising is wrapping up, said Chairw-oman Allison Tew.

“I checked online earlier (Tuesday) and we have $32,641 posted,” Tew said. “That’s $1,000 over where we were this time last year, so we’re pleased with the effort. Every dollar counts and every dollar we raise is a dollar the American Cancer Society didn’t have to find a cure for cancer.”

Tew said for those who have not turned in fundraising monies, bank night is on Mon., April 23, at CCB Community Bank. “There are still a couple of fundraisers that are ongoing. The city team is raffling off a golf cart. Tickets are $2 each and available at the utility office or at city hall. We’re also still taking sponsorships for ‘torches of hope’ for $100.”

Tew said the torches will bear the names of sponsors and will line the track.

The night of Relay events will be big on competition, she said.

“Our theme this year is ‘Go Long for a Cure,’ and we want to capitalize on that,” she said. “We won’t have a concession stand this year, and we’re encouraging teams to do the full tailgating experience by bringing your own food. Then, go one step further and enter our ‘best of’ competition.”

For $5, participants can enter a meat, side dish, dessert or drink in the competition. Survivor participants will serve as judges and the winners will receive a cash prize.

“We ask that you prepare your food on site or at home,” Tew said. “No store bought items. Don’t go to Winn-Dixie and get their potato salad and try it call it your own.”

Tew said 19 teams are slated to participate in the event, and the public is invited to attend.

“We’re going to have great entertainment, all the Relay events like the survivor’s lap and dinner and sports games, plus fireworks,” she said.

The event will be held at the Kiwanis Center fairgrounds. Gates open at 2 p.m.

For more information about Relay or the night’s events, contact Tew at the county board of education building at 334-222-7571.