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6/2/2014 2:23:00 PM
Relay For Life Events Have Mixed Results
East Gaston event does well; East Lincoln event closes early

Wayne Howard

Both the East Lincoln and East Gaston Relay for Life events were rained out on May 9th.  Both rescheduled for Saturday (May 31st).  The Cruisin' for a Cure team had already planned a car show at Denver United Methodist Church for Saturday, so the decision was made to extend the event with some of the things planned for the May 9th night at East Lincoln High School.  The car show ran from 9 until 2, but when the cars left, so did the crowd.  

By 7 PM, with almost nobody around except those manning booths, the decision was made to call it a day.  

The car show raised another $1200 and the total of contributions had grown to over $50,000 by Saturday night--but that's a far cry from the $135,000 the East Lincoln committee had hoped to raise this year.  They're hopeful that they can raise more from community contributions not related directly to the Relay event itself.  If you would like to contribute, you can mail your contribution to Relay for Life, P.O. Box 295, Denver, NC 28037.  

It's worth noting that the $135,000 figure is the one the local committee set.  The American Cancer Society, which relies on Relay events for fund-raising, had set a much more modest goal.

At Stanley's CommonGround, it was a different story.  Their Relay had a "really good turnout for a makeup event"  according to Haley Buchanan of the ACS.  They raised about another $5000 on Saturday, bringing their total to a little over $45,000.  

Weather plays a big part in Relay for Life fundraising. While East Lincoln's 15th annual event was hit by a thunderstorm, Lincolnton's 20th anniversary Relay enjoyed excellent weather and with the move to downtown this year, it was able to raise about $110,000 for the ACS.  Co-chair John Dancoff had set a local goal of $200,000, but the ACS goal was less than what was actually raised.  Buchanan said the Lincolnton event was exceptionally well-organized and is being used as a model for other Relay for Life events in the future.

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