Relay raises more than $60K, counting

Published 8:41 pm Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Survivors walk the first lap of the 2011 Relay for Life held Saturday at Tom Byrne Park.|Photo by Chandler Myers

Money is still rolling in, but Atmore Relay for Life has already passed the goal they set this year.

Relay for Life concluded on Saturday with an all-day and overnight event that brought fun and fellowship together to raise money for the American Cancer Society.

Several teams gathered at Tom Byrne Park Saturday to walk laps, play games and ultimately honor survivors and those who have lost their lives to the terrible disease.

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Julie Ray, chairperson for Relay for Life, said she thought the event was successful.

“It all went extremely well,” she said. “Everyone had a good time and that was our first time staying overnight and we had quite a few stay.”

With the event now over, all eyes will now go towards the money raised through Relay, which has now surpassed the goal of $43,000 that was set.

Ray said that totals are not final, but the final figure will be close to more than $20,000 over the goal.

“We were trying to raise $43,000 and are at $58,377 right now,” she said. “We still have money coming in though with Food World set to make a donation; First National Bank & Trust still bringing in money from their Celebrity Waiters event and The Atmore Advance still has money to turn in from their basketball game. I’m excited to see how well this went and how much was raised. It makes me feel good and makes me feel that I helped. It’s very impressive.”

The main event for Relay began at 3 p.m. on Saturday and concluded early Sunday morning with several attendees staying throughout the night.

Ray said she heard nothing, but good things about the event and enjoyed being at the park all night.

“We had a lot of compliments about our slideshow and everyone enjoyed themselves,” she said. “We even had some students come from the prom and said they liked the music better than what they had at prom. Staying overnight was different because I hadn’t done that before. It was a lot of fun though, we played games and all talked. It was a great event.”