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Relay For Life event hits $290K mark
Polk County Enterprise - May 2008
LIVINGSTON – Once again, all hats are off to the citizens of Polk County for making Relay For Life a recordbreaking success! Friday night marked several first’s for the seven-year-old Polk County event including the roof-raising fundraising total of over $290,000. It was the first year for the event to feature a sitdown-style hot meal in honor of Survivors and their Caregivers (courtesy of Clifton Chevrolet). It was the first time part i c i p a n t s in Polk C o u n t y have endured pelting rain repeatedly t h r o u g h the night. It was the first time we’ve had over a thousand participants. The first time with over 1,200 Luminaria sold. The first time with over 400 caregivers and survivors. More prizes and Relay Gear given away than ever before with nearly everyone going home with something. Georgia Pacific and The Believers were the first teams in Polk County to ever cross te $25,000 mark, both pegging out at over $27,000 with Georgia Pacific taking top honors.

“The Ellen Show” which went on stage at 1 a.m. was the biggest crowdpleaser of all-time with Tammi Ogletree donning a short blonde wig and dancing around like famous talk-show host Ellen DeGeneres before welcoming special guests, Miss Polk County 2008, B.J. McKissick and Mr. Relay 2008, Raymond Ortiz. The two went nose to nose in a pizzafaced battle of survival known as the Deep Dish Dig. The youth and adults alike shook their groove things in the first ever Dance-Off during “The Ellen Show”.

Although the event is over, teams and participants have 30 days to continue to raise money to help reach the county’s original goal of $300,000. Donations can be made online at www.polkcountyrelay.org or in person to any Relay For Life team participant. With more participants, survivors, caregivers and attendees than ever before, the Relay For Life of Polk County’s organizers are looking for additional committee members to help make next year’s event an even bigger success. Anyone interested in serving as a volunteer may contact Chairman James Baugh at 936-327-4357x103.

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