On April 24, Lees-McRae College raised $7,748 for the American Cancer Society during the College's fourth annual mini Relay For Life fundraiser, greatly surpassing the $5,000 goal.
Each year, Lees-McRae chooses to host a "mini-relay," which means the event lasts for six hours (6 p.m. to midnight) instead of the traditional 24 hours. But in only six hours, more than $1,800 was raised during the event with nearly 200 students in attendance.
Fifteen teams of students, faculty, and staff spent two months raising money, with the winning team being service sorority Delta Omicron Theta with a total of $1,300. Each team put together various fundraisers including a spaghetti dinner, spare change collections and selling t-shirts and the signature Relay For Life footprints and luminaries.
To begin the night, Megan Walters, Lees-McRae's director of campus life and Relay for Life coordinator, welcomed everyone and said a special thank-you to those who helped raise money. She then introduced the screening of a film titled Relay For Life: A Documentary, which was shot and edited by Lees-McRae junior, Megan Hall. The documentary gave a background on Relay For Life at Lees-McRae College, team fundraising efforts and stories of Lees-McRae students' experiences with cancer.
After the film, Julie Loveless, a Lees-McRae freshman and breast cancer survivor, spoke about her experience with cancer and how much it meant to her to see so many people coming out to support the cause.
"It's so fun to see the students compete with each other to see who can raise the most money! They bend over backwards to outdo each other and that's the best kind of campus competition I can think of," said Megan Walters, coordinator of the event. "The students, faculty, and staff who come to the Relay event have so much fun and learn a lot about how cancer affects every community, even ours. I'm thrilled to be involved with this fantastic event!"
The evening also included a Mock Rock featuring choreographed karaoke performances by each participating team. Since this year marks the 25th anniversary of Relay For Life, each team commemorated the anniversary with 80s themed attire and performances.
With this triumphant event to build on, Lees-McRae Relay participants look forward to many more successful years to come.
If you'd like to find out more about Relay For Life, log on to www.relayforlife.org.
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