LYNCHBURG, Tenn. — The 11th annual Moore County Relay for Life, held in June on the Lynchburg square, saw 11 teams and hundreds of supporters come together, raising more than $23,000 for the American Cancer Society in the fight against cancer.
Those on hand for the event enjoyed some great food and music, as well as a lot of fun entertainment, as part of this year’s activities. The 2015 Relay for Life event lead was Derek Conn.
This year, for the first time, Moore County’s Relay was held as a six-hour event, from 6 p.m. on Friday, June 5, until midnight. Participants began setting up around the square at 4 p.m. and the Relay opened with comments from organizers around 6 p.m.
“I think it was good moving up to the square and I really liked being done by 2 o’clock (in the morning) too,” said Nancy Hatfield, who is a member of the Cashion Family relay team. “We had everything taken down and put away and we were in bed by 2 a.m.”
Hatfield, whose office on the square is often used as a central meeting point for relay events and information, said that while moving the event to the square and condensing the time down to six hours had its positives, there will always be room for improvement.
“It’s a learning phase, totally … moving it up to the square,” she said. “But it’s a big change too because of the games. I think the kids missed the competitive games that we usually had when we stayed until 6 a.m. We used those to help us stay awake and we would have games every hour and I think they missed that.
“I don’t know how we would ever build those games back into it. There may be one or two more, but there’s just not time to get everything in.”
Still, wrapping things up by midnight was intended to keep more people around longer and Hatfield said she thought that change accomplished its goal.
“I think it did. I think we had a pretty good crowd until 10:30 or 11 o’clock, which is longer than normal,” she added.
The evening featured a variety of other activities, from the pageantry of the Disney Princesses at the Gazebo to the food and games provided by the many teams along the square.
Entertainment was also provided by the Cavaliers and Noah Henshaw from 7-9 p.m. and a DJ, Wayne Ringler, was on hand as well.
According to the Relay for Life official website — <http://relay.acsevents.org> — the first-ever Relay event was held in May 1985 when Dr. Gordy Klatt walked and ran for 24 hours around a track in Tacoma, Wash.
He raised $27,000 to help the American Cancer Society. The following year, 340 supporters joined the overnight event. Since then, the Relay For Life movement has grown into a worldwide phenomenon, raising nearly $5 billion to fight cancer.
Moore County held its first Relay in 2005 at the high school.
—By ROBERT HOLMAN, Publisher (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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