Letter to the Editor: Community support of Relay For Life is always appreciated

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By The Staff

I would like to take an opportunity to thank everyone who participated in Relay 2010 for all their hard work. Relay has grown to something that is bigger than a steering committee, bigger than team captains, bigger than participants – it has become a community in and of itself. As a community, we have raised over $71,000, in spite of other events and some weather challenges. What a huge accomplishment for a community our size.

This could not be accomplished without the help of many people. Team captains and team members, of 29 teams, spent an entire year fund-raising. Committee members gave of their time, talents and ideas to create a successful event.

There is an entire community of survivors numbering over 160 that continually drive this event to be bigger and better.

The Robinson Family has long been a supporter of Owen County’s Relay. This year with the help of Mark and Sherman they gave even more. They stayed the night running sound and continuing to improve Relay. A big thank-you should also be given to the countless sponsors and individual donors who ensure Relay’s success; and to El Bethel Christian Church for staffing the inflatables provided by Fun Factory Inflatables. Thank you to Ruby Stewart with Sisterly Touch catering for the food service; to Farm House Grill and Meadowview for providing food; to Brian and Tara Hawkins for providing music throughout the night; to the News-Herald for media coverage for the event; to Greg Smoot and the county employees for the prep work at the track; to Itron and the Owen County Extension Service for the use of their facilities; to Owen Electric for the fabulous Survivor’s Reception; and to every “relayer” who participated in some fashion.

Jenni Duncan, event chair

Owen County Relay for Life