Relay for Life raises $97K+

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Relay teams, like this one from LBWCC, helped to raise nearly $100,000.

This year’s Covington County Relay for Life raised nearly $100,000 for the fight against cancer.

Chairperson Alison Tew said as of Monday, the fundraising total set at $97,217 following Friday’s Relay “Go Long for a Cure” event.

At the end of the night, the following winners were declared for the most money raised:

• by an extra-large team: PowerSouth.

• by a large team: Shaw.

• by a medium team: Covington Electric Cooperative.

• by a small team: South Alabama Gas District.

Spirit winners were City of Andalusia, Andalusia Hospital, Wal-Mart and South Central Alabama Mental Health.

This year’s “Light of Hope” award went to Comfort Care Hospice, while the “Team Captain Volunteer of the Year” award was given to SEAGD team member Reba Gant.

Tew said this year’s “Committee Member of the Year” is Larry Brown.

“Larry has gone above and beyond this year to make sure Relay was a success,” Tew said. “He worked daily to solicit contributions for the event and participated in as many team activities as possible. He is a true example of the volunteer spirit.”

The T-shirt competition winner was the Red Level High School student team, while the campsite competition award went to the Straughn High School student team.

A total of 15 teams set up campsite the night of Relay.