Relay raises $151K, beats last year’s total

Published 12:06 am Monday, May 8, 2017

NATCHEZ — Miss-Lou Relay for Life took in approximately $22,000 at Friday night’s event, putting the annual fundraiser currently at $151,000 and over last year’s total.

Relay for Life accounting chair Janis Holder said the annual American Cancer Society fundraising event raised $147,000 last year, meaning this year’s event raised more, even with a few teams still expected to turn in money.

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Last year’s fundraiser won Miss-Lou Relay for Life a national award, and the event has historically been in the top 10 events in the country. Holder said she expects this year’s event will put the Miss-Lou fundraiser in the top five.

Even with a last-minute location change and scrambling to deal with rainy weather in the days leading up to the event, Holder said the event went very well.

“We are ecstatic about this year,” she said. “The City of Vidalia went above and beyond to get us set up in the parking lot (of the recreational complex) because the ground was wet. They filled sandbags to hold the tents down. … The wind died down Friday, and everything was great.”

Since 1995, Miss-Lou Relay for Life has been hosting its annual fundraiser and has raised well over $3 million for cancer research.

This year, nearly 30 teams participated in the event. Participants still have until Aug. 31 to donate before this year’s fundraising comes to a close.

Relay for Life donations can be sent to the American Cancer Society at P.O. Box 1027, Natchez, MS, 39121.

This year’s Relay for Life awards were:

Best Banner

First — Delta Bank

-Second — Riverland Medical/CLTCC

-Third — Greater Mt. Carmel Church

Best Baton

First —Riverland Medica/CLTCC

Second — NNTF

Third — Natchez Walmart

Best T-shirt

First — Team F.R.O.G.

Second — Monica’s Hope

Third — Forest Aid Baptist Church

Best Tent Site

First —NNTF

Second — Concordia Parish Sheriff’s Office

Third — Team Kia/Adams County Correctional Center

Most Spirit

First —Adams County Sheriff’s Office

Second — Vidalia Upper Achievement

Third — Zeta Phi Beta Sigma

Best Luminaria Bag

First —Adams County Sheriff’s Office

Second — Celebrate Recovery

Third — Zeta Phi Beta Sigma

Most Money Raised

First — The Markets

Second — Vidalia Walmart

Third — Concordia Bank