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PACESETTERS: Relay wraps up after ‘fantastic’ event

August 7, 2013

Janie Graves (right) embraces fellow Relay for Life committee person Tami Pence at a wrap up meeting to celebrate the county’s success with the 2013 event. Post & Mail photo / Christie Barkley

COLUMBIA CITY — A banner year for cancer research was cause for celebration for Whitley County’s Relay for Life participants and chair persons.

After its annual event, held in June, the fundraiser exceeded its goal by $7,000 — raising a total $31,132.

Team leaders, volunteers and participants gathered last night to applaud the county’s efforts and to brainstorm on the 2014 relay.

“I can’t imagine doing this without you,” said Cathy Cronin, the event’s chairman. “Words fail me. I can’t thank you all enough. This was a fantastic year, and I am looking forward to next year.”

The county hit a milestone early on in fundraising efforts, earning the designation of Pacesetter Event. This distinction is given to relays that exceed its fundraising goal before the day of the event.

“This is a huge accomplishment,” said Melissa Stephens, community coordinator for the American Cancer Society (ACS). “There were only a handful of events in Indiana that reached this level. You should all be very proud of what you achieved.”

With the money raised, ACS will provide tangible resources to those battling cancer of all kinds.

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