Relay nets $79,289 for 2008

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, April 29, 2008

DEMOPOLIS &8212; Just a few months ago, the Marengo County Relay for Life fundraiser for the American Cancer Society was just a plan in the works, but after Friday&8217;s turnout at River Field and the help of 18 fundraising teams, the organization has $79,289 to show for their efforts.

The original fundraising goal for 2008 was set at $68,932, which was an increase of approximately $2,000 from the previous year&8217;s goal. Preliminary estimates show the top three fundraising teams were Rock-Tenn Company with $26,267 raised, Bryan W. Whitfield Memorial Hospital with $10,302 raised and Quest Club of Linden with $7,313 raised.

The jury is still out on the top fundraising individual, the most spirited team, best on-site fundraiser and best team campsites, which will be determined later with the input of participants.

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At the event itself, more than 300 team members, survivors, supporters and members of the community came out to participate in the main event with the theme &8220;Songs of Cancer.&8221;

Jennifer Hallman, community representative, said the event was a success, but could not have happened without the help of dedicated helpers like the title sponsor Alabama Power Company &045; Greene County Steam Plant and other community partners.

Fundraising totals

Foster Farms &8212; $5,000

Westside Elementary School &8212; $4,256

Robertson Banking Company &8212; $2,797

Suttles Truck Leasing &8212; $2,513

Sweet Water State Bank &8212; $1,685

Demopolis High School Softball &8212; $1,433

Curves &8212; $1,221

Reach 2010 / Deep South Network &8212; $877

Demopolis High School Deca Club &8212; $823

Alabama Power – Greene County Steam Plant &8212; $817

Amedisys Home Health Services &8212; $525

Wal-Mart Super Center &8212; $341

River City Bike Association &8212; $200

U.S. Jones Elementary School &8212; $117

Regions Bank &8212; $111