Relay for Life: Team makes Super Bowl fundraiser

Published 12:01am Thursday, January 17, 2013

Vidalia — Members of the Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church Relay for Life team are using an old Super Bowl tradition to raise some money for the cause this year.

For the second-straight year, team captain Bridgid Martin is organizing a Super Bowl pool board that will allow anyone interested to purchase a square on the board for $5.

Whoever has the square that corresponds to the score of the game after each quarter will win $50, and the remainder of the money will go toward the Relay for Life team.

“You hear about people doing this all year round, and I thought, ‘What a way to make money for Relay,’” Martin said. “It’s an easy way to make money for the team. Five dollars isn’t anything to people.”

Last year the group raised $300 with one board. Martin said she is starting early this season in hopes of having two boards, which will double the prize money and the donation to the team.

“We don’t even know who’s going to be in it yet,” Martin said. “I started a little earlier this year, so maybe I can do two.”

Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church has had a Relay for Life team for approximately 10 years. It now has 11 members, and they have a few fundraisers each year, including a bingo night, a bake sale and an LSU basket raffle. Martin said sports-themed fundraisers are always a hit in the Miss-Lou.

“I guess everybody loves LSU in Louisiana, and everybody loves football, so we don’t have to beg to ask people to give,” she said. “Everybody wants to enjoy the Super Bowl, and every time a quarter ends, you look over to the board to see who wins.”

The team raised $471 during the LSU basket raffle and if Martin can get enough people to participate and make two Super Bowl boards, the team will raise $600 from the pool.

Anyone interested in joining the pool can contact Martin at Smith Printing in Vidalia. Each square is $5, and Martin said there are still approximately 80 squares available on the first board. Last season the board was filled a week before the game.