BLACKFOOT—While the main "Relay For Life" event is over until next year, donations for the annual American Cancer Society fundraiser will be accepted until Aug. 31.
With a hefty goal of $150,000 - hundreds of participants, volunteers and spectators showed up for the all-night event at Blackfoot High School last weekend to help raise money and to honor and remember cancer victims.
Although the event did fall short of raising $150,000, organizers say it was still a "great success" and that it's not too late to donate.
"Although it was windy and cold, the community was willing to give of their time and supported the festivities for Relay," said Joyce Dalley, co-chair of the event. "The track was filled with numerous survivors and their loved ones who walked with dignity and supported them during their lap."
Dalley said the onsite fundraisers did well with some food booths selling out before the night was over. A variety of homemade treats, handmade goods, raffles and face painting were a few of the big hits at the event.
"The quilt auction was very successful. The quilts were beautiful and the recipients who received them were grateful. The all-night activities were outstanding; the youth had a great time and more people attended the closing ceremonies than in year's past," Dalley said.
Dalley said that one of the evening's highlights was the Luminaria Ceremony which was presented with "grace and reverence" in memory of those who lost their lives to cancer.
"We want to thank all those teams who were willing to endure to the end in spite of the cold and the wind," Dalley said. "We walk all night in symbolism of the cancer journey. We don't stop just because it gets hard."
"Numerous participants walked many laps, some equaling up to 32 miles. We appreciate all the dedicated participants. A BIG thank you to all of the sponsors who donated money, the businesses who donated items for drawings, Blackfoot High School and to the team captains, team members, committee and all of those who helped support Relay For Life," she added.
Anyone who would still like to make a donation to Relay For Live can mail it to American Cancer Society, PO Box 190, Blackfoot, ID 83221.
Plans are already underway for next year's Bingham County "Relay For Life" June 13-14, 2014. Anyone with ideas or suggestions for next year can contact Kathy at 785-0057, Joyce at 684-4097 or Sherrilynn at 681-7533.