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June 23, 2013

‘2013 Relay For Life – Three Rivers’ tops fundraising goal

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The ‘2013 Relay For Life – Three Rivers’, a 24-hour event staged at Three Rivers High School’s Armstrong Field, wrapped up on a high note midday Saturday (June 22) with the announcement that the American Cancer Society fundraising effort had surpassed its goal of $132,000.

Danielle Rohrer, Relay For Life – Three Rivers chairperson, during Saturday’s closing ceremonies at Armstrong Field.  (Click on photo to enlarge)

Shortly before noon, as the event was wrapping up, Relay For Life Chairperson Danielle Rohrer called on several volunteers involved in the project to help reveal “how much we’ve brought in through the closing ceremonies.”  They did so by arranging six cards – each with one number – on the grass under a large tent on the football field.  When the process was complete, Rohrer announced the amount:  $133,631.  And she indicated the final figure is likely to be a bit higher because of “some online money and a couple of other things that trickle in over the next few weeks and months.”  (Danielle Rohrer audio clip – :31)

Relay For Life total for 2013 (Click on photo to enlarge)

To those assembled, Rohrer said, “Thank you so much for all of your hard work.”

The Three Rivers Lions Club was among the participants in the event with a tent through which Lions members, including Tail Twister Alice Kielau, sold items including snow cones and Ox Roast sandwiches.  During a brief post-closing-ceremonies interview with Bruce Snook of the River Country Journal, Kielau reported that the club’s efforts had raised “about $450” for the Relay For Life cause.  (Alice Kielau interview – :57)

Relay For Life is the largest grassroots effort to fight cancer with more than 5,200 fundraising events around the world.  The theme of this year’s event was “Lights! Camera! Relay!”  Teams were encouraged to decorate their tent sites in a way that exemplifies Hollywood to them – either through movies, music, television or stage.

To hear the closing ceremonies for the 2013 Relay for Life – Three Rivers, click here (4:50 – 4.43 MB).

To learn more about Relay For Life, click on the following link:  Relay For Life.


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