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Friday Night Relay Persists Despite Rain - Jun. 20, 2017

Friday Night Relay Persists Despite Rain
Local Groups Raise Over $16,500 to Fight Cancer
An intrepid and water-resistant corps of cancer-fighters made their way downtown Friday evening, June 16th, for the 2017 Relay For Life of St. Croix Valley. Those who persisted were on hand at the Triangle Park Stage to celebrate the collective fundraising total of $16,762. Approximately $4,500 of that total was turned in during Friday evening's event. Additional funds will arrive in the days ahead.
The evening was not without its challenges. Although the rain stopped before the opening ceremonies at 6:00 p.m. in the Triangle Park, afternoon downpours had already led to cancellations by scheduled performers. Organizers scrambled for replacement activities, assembled a stand-by sound system, and even found replacement walking music, afterthe playlist-programmed iPod bit the dust. In recognition that cancer doesn't wait for rain, however, the event went on as scheduled.
Event Chairwoman Marianne Moore opened the ceremonies, introducing Bill Kolodnicki, a cancer survivor and the former Moosehorn Wildlife Refuge Manager. Kolodnicki's encouraging message for survivors was followed by a message from Calais High School teacher Anne Scott, a cancer caregiver.While nearly everyone knows someone touched by cancer, it is caregivers and survivors who are most impacted. For this reason, each Relay begins with a Survivor's Victory Lap and the Caregiver's Lap.
Once again, Alexander-4-A-Cure was the team raising the most funds, bringing in a total of $4,329 as of Friday night. Calais Regional Hospitals team raised $2,855, for second place.
The award for most funds raised by an individual went to Ricky Roussell, of Rick’s Can and Bottle, who raised $2,761.40. Not surprisingly, the second- and third-place winners were Alexander dynamos Lesliann Barnard ($1,576), and B. J. Wallace (1,137.50).
This was the 23rd Annual Relay For Life in the Calais area.
CALAIS EVENT MEDIA CONTACT: Charlie McAlpin
AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY: Jennifer Braun