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Relay for Life raises over $38,000

By Staff | Jun 17, 2011

Over $38,000 was raised at Relay For LIfe in Rugby on June 10-11 and all the money isn’t in yet. Seventeen teams participated which was two teams higher than last year.

Despite weather forecasters’ predictions of 60% chance of rain, the relay was blessed with perfect walking weather throughout the evening on Friday. Temperatures were in the upper sixties.

The move to the baseball diamonds across from Ellery Park because of the renovations and addition project at the school turned out overall to be manageable.

“The move to that location had both positives and negatives,” said Nicole Schneibel, overall chairperson for the event. “The main complaint I heard was the rough walking surface compared to the track at the school.”

The committee decided to sponsor a supper meal on Friday night instead of a breakfast on Saturday morning. This turned out to be a wise decision.

“It helped bring in people, many who stayed for the opening ceremony,” said Schneibel. “We will definitely be looking at that again for next year.”

The proceeds for the supper were added to the money raised for cancer research.

The evening was spent in various games like the dizzy bat game for the little ones, volleyball for the teens and older and of course, walking the trail lined with luminaries. The luminaries are purchased in honor of a survivor or caretaker or in memory of those who bravely fought cancer and died. A luminary ceremony was held at dusk.

People of all ages from enthusiastic preschoolers to teens, and young adults to seniors walked the walk at relay. Family, friends and neighbors came to support others through the battle.

A silent auction was held with many nice items. Over $1,080 was raised through the auction.

Teams participate in fundraising events all year for this worthy cause. The teams compete to see which one can raise the most money.

Top 5 teams:

Heart of America Medical Center/Johnson Clinic- $6146.71

Rugby H & R Block- $4899.89

Midcontinent Cable- $3056.00

Northern Equipment- $2368.00

Angie’s Angels- $1910.45

Top 3 individuals:

Angie Busch- $2079.95 – Achieved Grand Club status (individual who raises over $1000.00)

Nancy Silliman- $1225.00 – Grand Club status

Terri Jacobson- $916.00

The 3:00 a.m. TV giveaway winner was Bethany Perleburg. TV was donated by Rugby Homes and McGuires.

Wrap-up meeting scheduled

There will be a wrap-up meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 23 at Bethany Lutheran Church to discuss this year’s event and to start planning for next year.

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