On Saturday, July 13 at Otterbein Portage Valley, Pemberville, under blue skies and with cool breeze, walkers set a new record for their second annual Mini Relay For Life.
This year’s total of $11,413 exceeded the goal of $10,000. The event celebrated the 100th birthday of the American Cancer Society with different fun birthday themes throughout the 10-hour event.
According to Otterbein Portage Valley Relay for Life chairperson Michele Kipplen, the event was a remarkable achievement, adding that the 2013 goal was a big jump from last year.
|Nine teams participated in the Otterbein Portage Valley Mini Relay for Life,
held July 13. This year’s event, which celebrated the 100th anniversary of
the American Cancer Society, raised $11,413 to support the ACS’s mission.
“Nine teams were present, 189 luminaires were lit, 19 cancer survivors were present, nine local businesses donated time and materials, $395 was raised in the chair auction, and everyone came together for one huge success story,” Kipplen said.
The winning team was the OPV Rollers, a team comprised of Otterbein Portage Valley residents which raised $1,800. During the year, they held fundraisers that increased awareness about the event and gave them a big head start in earnings prior to the Relay event.
The Mini Relay For Life is one of the four Relays in Wood County that raise money for the American Cancer Society to honor cancer survivors, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against a disease that has already taken too much. The funds raised truly make a difference in the fight against cancer – just ask one of the nearly 14 million cancer survivors who will celebrate another birthday this year!
To get involved with the 2014 Otterbein Portage Valley Relay, call the community at 419-833-7000 for more information.