With a different location and earlier date then in the past, organizers of Logan County’s 2016 Relay for Life event say it was a success.
Courtney Wright, who served as chairman for this year’s Relay, said the event went really well.
“It was wonderful,” said Wright, who has been involved in Logan’s Relay for years. “The change in location turned out to be a good change. It was a little chilly, but being inside made it much better.”
The Relay for Life event has been held in Logan County for close to two decades. In the past it was held at the football field at the Logan County High School, and was an over night event held in the summer. This year the event was held for six hours at the Logan County Extension Ag Arena. Wright said participation had dropped some in the past few years and organizers voted to change the location, hours and date.
“We are trying to get our numbers back up and change is always good,” Wright said.
Wright and others were right, as the 2016 Relay for Life event raised over $40,000 to help find a cure for cancer. The funds will be donated to the American Cancer Society.
“We raised a little over $13,000 the night of the Relay for a total of $40,000. We are so excited,” said Wright.
There were 19 teams that signed up.
Wright said having it at the Logan County Extension Ag Arena made the event a little more intimate. The teams were closer together, instead of spread out like at the football field. This made for more mingling and closer fellowship.
“The night was awesome,” Wright said.
Elevated Entertainment, a troupe of circus artists who love performing and dazzling crowds with their acrobatic movement, donated their performance for the closing ceremony. Wright said it was fantastic. Also, donating cupcakes for the Survivors area was the local business Popables.
“We got no negative feedback,” said Wright. “Everyone kept coming up to me saying how awesome it was.”
As to the decision to keep the Relay at the arena from now on, Wright said that will be up to the Relay committee, but she feels everyone was happy with the move.
“I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone that was involved in the 2016 Relay for Life in Logan County. It takes a great deal of commitment throughout the year to hold the event and to raise the finds to help find a cure. I want to thank those who came out to participate. We couldn’t do it without you,” said Wright.
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