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May 6, 2014

Relay all-nighter raises $10K, yearly total rises to $77K with 3 months left

— Last weekend’s Relay for Life all-night fundraiser reeled in approximately $10,000, organizers said Monday.

The 12-hour event at the Athens Sportsplex boosted the 2014 fundraising total to $77,074, according to American Cancer Society representative Beth Haynes.

Ina Holland, the county’s Relay coordinator, said this year’s fundraising goal jumped to $108,108 after Limestone teams surpassed $86,400 a year ago.

“Overall, our attendance was down compared to last year, but that was to be expected (due to Monday’s storms),” Holland said. “We hope everyone had a good time, and we still have until August to reach our goal.”

Groups participating in Relay for Life raise money from Sept. 1 through Aug. 31, with the city of Athens team sponsoring its annual bass fishing tournament Saturday.

Second-year team T & C Stamping Stampede is leading all Relay groups with more than $27,000 raised from its TEE Cup golf tournament, employee lunches and a yard sale.

The Limestone Relay drew 43 teams with nearly 400 participants, opening the night with traditional laps for survivors and caregivers and later staging the emotional luminary ceremony, including the first-time launch of memorial sky lanterns.

“The luminaries is always my favorite moment of the night — it’s when we have a lap of silence and then we launched between 10 and 15 sky lanterns,” Holland said. “It’s just another way to remember and honor loved ones who have fought cancer.”

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