Relay For Life raises more than $96,000 during annual event
Despite less than ideal 24 hours period of weather, this year’s New Richmond Relay For Life was able to raise $96,481.06. The number was just short of this year’s goal of raising $100,000, but event co-chair Betty Swanson believes enough money could still be raised by the Aug. 31 deadline to surpass the $100,000 mark.
“I think we would have passed that mark during the Relay itself if we had better weather for the whole event,” Swanson said of the 24-hour event that went from 2 p.m. Friday to 2 p.m. Saturday. “The rain was coming down really hard for a while, so some people didn’t come out who might have otherwise and others left early because the weather got so bad. But there were still people who were out there in the pouring rain walking around the track in order to keep the Relay going.”
The rain, which hit New Richmond early Saturday morning, forced the organizers to hold the closing ceremonies earlier than planned and move them inside the New Richmond Middle School to stay out of the rain.
“We had really good attendance at the event for the opening ceremonies, with a little less people being there during the events that took place around 10 p.m. on Friday,” Swanson said.
During the events Survivors Lap, cancer survivors walked around the middle school track with yellow paper chains in their hands representing the number of days, months and years that they have been cancer free. According to Swanson, the total number of links was 777, which represented the combined 777 years that cancer survivors at the event had lived after beating cancer.
A total of 24 teams took part in this year’s Relay, with Westfields Hospital & Clinic taking the top spot in money raised after bringing in $9,352.97. The top individual fundraiser was Dave Smith, who raised $3,520, while the top online fundraiser was Caleb Peterson, who raised $1,865. This year’s best campsite award went to Ronda’s Home Away from Home, who also won the best banner at the event.