Starke County’s annual Relay for Life fundraiser for the American Cancer Society gets under way today at noon at the Hamlet Fairgrounds. Organizers of the 18-hour event hope to raise $67,000 this year. Ericka Taylor-Joseph is in charge of fundraising. She says Starke County’s event consistently raises more money than those held in larger communities. Teams range in size from just a few members to 30 or more. Taylor-Joseph says while organizers would like each team to have a participant on the track at all times, it’s not a requirement.
“We welcome every step that happens that day. If your team is a five-man team and you can only walk for a few hours, or if your team is a 30-man team and you have someone on the track at all times, it all means something to Relay for Life,” she said.
In addition to the walking and pre-event fundraising, Taylor-Joseph says people can still come out and take part in the games, silent auctions and other events held in conjunction with Relay for Life. The festivities conclude tomorrow at 6 a.m.
Find more information about Starke County Relay for Life online at http://relay.acsevents.org/site/TR/RelayForLife/RFLCY14LS?fr_id=58995&pg=entry&__utma=54177207.1341347198.1403196933.1403196933.1403196933.1&__utmb=5417722.214.171.1243196933&__utmc=54177207&__utmx=-&__utmz=54177207.1403196933.1.1.utmcsr=google|utmccn=%28organic%29|utmcmd=organic|utmctr=%28not%20provided%29&__utmv=-&__utmk=13824563.