Relay raises over $80,000 for cancer research
As of Tuesday, June 14, the New Richmond 2016 Relay For Life has raised more than $80,000 to help fund research to continue the fight against cancers of all kinds, said co-chairperson Patty Berger.
“Things went really well during this year’s event,” Berger said. “We had fantastic volunteers and committee members who all had a niche they filled, and they filled it well. We are now $80,000 closer to finding a cure.”
The relay had a total of 23 teams that helped to raise money. The top two teams in fundraising were Carla's Tough Nuggets, which raised $7,186.16, with the United Methodist Church raising $6,273.06.
“The weather was actually pretty good for the event, although it was a little sticky,” Berger said. “But at least it didn’t rain, so it was good overall.”
A special thanks, Berger said, goes out to the NRHS summer civics class which came out to help set up the track on Friday morning.
“Star Wars was our theme this year and I think it went over really well,” Berger said. “It was a fun theme to have and people really took to it for our best costume, campsite and banner contests.”
The winner of the best campsite was Families Fighting with Faith, while Ronda’s Home Away From Home won for best costume. The winner of the best banner was CIP.
“This year was really cool since we had two men as our honorary co-chairs,” Berger said. “They did a fantastic job and hit some good points about how cancer has affected their families and themselves.”