|Community rallies behind Relay For Life |
|Posted: Monday, June 4, 2012 9:08 pm |
| By CHRIS MENEES |
Friday night’s Relay For Life event in Fulton exceeded expectations.
Fourteen teams and the community rallied to raise $40,200 — going above this year’s $38,000 goal.
“They went way over the goal and we expect more to come in,” said Pam Whittemore, community representative with the American Cancer Society in Paducah, Ky.
“For a community that is experiencing 20 percent unemployment at this time, it was an amazing feat that the community pulled off,” Ms. Whittemore said today.
The Relay For Life of Fulton, South Fulton and Hickman, Ky., kicked off Friday evening at 6 with opening ceremonies and an emotional survivors lap where cancer survivors walked the opening loop around Pontotoc Park in downtown Fulton. They were joined by their families for a second lap.
A luminary ceremony to honor cancer survivors and to remember those who have succumbed to the disease was held later in the evening, with the street around the park lined with dozens of luminaries purchased by friends and family.
The family-friendly fun throughout the night and into the wee hours Saturday included a live auction, entertainment hour, a treasure hunt, the “Dude Looks Like a Lady” contest, an ice cream eating contest, a pajama relay, “Jam With the Air Band,” potato golf, a water balloon contest, a frozen T-shirt contest and sailboat races.
It was a festive atmos-phere at the park as many teams offered food for sale to raise funds for Relay For Life and several teams had games for children and adults to enjoy. This year’s event ended at 6 a.m. Saturday.
Best Decorated Campsite was won by the Friends For a Cure team, which also won the Stanley Jones-Central Metal Products Cup to recognize participation and other aspects. The Spirit Award was won by the team from Citizens Bank.
The Friends For a Cure team raised over $10,000, according to Ms. Whittemore, who said the team is comprised of 42 people from Hickman, Ky., and was started last year by the Major family.
“We had lots of teams that raised lots of money this year,” she added. “It was a great night. I was amazed.”
Chris Pane, co-chairman of this year’s event, said the cooler weather was perfect Friday night and the variety of family-oriented activities was a huge success.
“It seemed like a nice evening out for families and there was a great turnout,” she said. “Overall, it was a success, and I’m looking forward to it being even better next year.”
Staff Reporter Chris Menees may be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Published in The Messenger 6.4.12