Relay chair ‘heartened’ by generosity (PHOTOS)
Published 10:47 pm Monday, May 5, 2014
Let’s Relay some more.
And, there are more Relay dollars to come that will push the total giving for the 2014 Pike County Relay for Life fund-raising campaign to $90,000 or more.
Tammy Calhoun, 2014 Pike County Relay chair, said she is thrilled and heartened by the generosity of the people of Pike County during the fund-raising campaign for the American Cancer Society.
During the awards ceremony at the close of the 2014 Pike County Relay for Life event at the Troy Recreation Park Friday night, Calhoun announced the total giving at that point at $84,263.10 and counting.
“We do have promised money that was not included in that total,” Calhoun said. “When that money comes in, we will be close to or, hopefully, over $90,000. And, that’s a lot of money for research into treatments and cures of the different kinds of cancer.
“The Relay board was happy with the amount of money raised so far. With the economy the way it is and so many deserving organizations raising funds, we were very pleased.”
KW Plastics was the top fundraising team of the 2014 Pike County Relay for Life event.
The per capita team award went to First United Methodist Church in Troy. The City of Troy was recognized for the Best Tent decoration. The Avis Synco Spirit Award went to Sikorsky Support Services.
“We were proud to present special awards to the top teams and plaques to our sponsors,” Calhoun said. “They were the leaders in this annual campaign and we appreciate their efforts along with all of the 28 teams that were so dedicated to the cause.
“When you start naming names, there’s always the chance that you might miss someone. So I want to thank all of those who worked so hard getting the Relay event ready and keeping it going and also all of those who were a part of the night’s events.”
Calhoun also expressed appreciation to all of those who supported the Relay events with dimes and dollars.
“The people of Pike County are always so supportive of Relay and they were once again,” she said. “It takes all of us working together to make Relay a success.”
The Luminary Ceremony is the culminating event of Relay and is evidence of the impact that cancer has on the community.
“We had around 250 luminaries lit in honor of cancer survivors and in memory of those who lost their battles with cancer,” Calhoun said. “Seeing the luminaries and hearing the names called, you realize how important it is for us to Relay until we win the fight against cancer.”