Relay for Life surpasses goal

Published 4:42 pm Friday, May 27, 2011

RELAY FOR LIFE AWARD WINNERS are, from the left, Lisa Jones, Memorial Hospital and Manor; Renee Comerford, Bainbridge Church of Christ; Debbie Cothren, West Bainbridge Elementary; Suzy Harrison, Anthony Harrison and Keith Harrison, Hand in Hand.

Despite this year’s Relay for Life being cut short because of weather, the May 13th event still surpassed its fund-raising goal.

According to Beth Zotyka, community manager of southwest Georgia for the American Cancer Society, the total raised was $59,024.64.

The goal was to raise $51,000.

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Alicia Gordon, the 2011 chairperson of Relay for Life, said 75 percent of the money was raised by teams, 24 percent by the county’s schools, 22 percent by businesses, 21 percent by churches and 8 percent by civic organizations.

The remaining 25 percent came from corporate sponsors, luminary sales and donations.

Following the Relay for Life event, an awards banquet was held with the following results:

• Most money raised by a business, Memorial Hospital and Manor, $4,308.13;

• Most money raised by a church, Bainbridge Church of Christ, $2,258.60;

• Most money raised by a school, West Bainbridge Elementary, $2,718.32;

• Most money raised by a civic group, citizen’s of Georgia Power, $1,252;

• Most money raised overall by a team, Memorial Hospital and Manor, $4,308.13;

• Most outstanding rookie team, Hand in Hand, raising $1,500 and hosting a 5K run;

• Most spirited team, Bainbridge Middle School.

THE MOST SPIRITED TEAM is Bainbridge Middle School, which the school’s principal, Dr. Marvin Thomas, breaking out in song during some of the events of Relay for Life.

THE JUDGES for Relay for Life are, from the left, Decatur County Schools Superintendent FredRayfield, Bainbridge Mayor Edward Reynolds and Bainbridge College President Richard Carvajal.