‘Mission Possible: Milam County’
The new venue was a hit and the hearts were giving as the 2014 Milam County Relay For Life raised just over $50,000 for the American Cancer Society (ACS) Saturday at Apache pass. At peak time over 200 relayers and eight teams walked the designated track for 10 hours to raise funds at ACS’s signature event.
This year’s theme was “Mission Possible: Milam County.” It was the 13th year for a Relay event to be held in Milam County and during that time has raised $600,000 for the American Cancer Society. Last year’s event was held in Cameron and raised $35,000.
Top overall team this year was team Tammy from Milano who raised $12,051. Second place team was Cameron Stomp-a-lump-agus with $6,805 and third place was Answer to Cancer: We Got YOE Back with $6,264.
Most spirited relayer – Emily Hinojosa, committee.
Most spirited team– Team Tammy.
Best campsite— Stomp-a-lump-agus.
Best on-site fundraiser—Bounce house, Answer to Can- cer: We Got YOE Back. Best activity—Orange in the pantyhose game, Thorndale TUFF.
NEW LOOK—Event chair Andrea Anderle said that the venue change was received well by everyone.
For the past decade Relay events around the county have been held in high school track facilities or parks in Rockdale, Cameron and Thorndale, but this year’s event was held at Apache Pass. Also different was that the event was held during the daytime rather than overnight as in years past.
“Most people that I spoke with were very pleased with the change in location.
Having the event at Apache Pass was a good central location for all as well as neutral ground,”
Anderle said. “Also, the time change seemed to help with attendance immensely. We had more people in attendance this year than last. I feel that is was a direct result of the time and venue change.”
LUMINARY—Fifteenyear old M’Lynn Hobbs was the guest speaker at the luminary ceremony, a program where the complex goes dark and only the luminary bags lit in honor and in memory of those with cancer light the track.
SURVIVOR LUNCH— Kim Jeter, activities and entertainment chair for the event, praised the help of the survivor luncheon that was held during Relay and thanked those volunteers.
“Thank you to all the Relay teams who provided gifts for the survivor luncheon. Also, thank you to Jeff and Emily Hinojosa, Amy Spencer, Becky’s Sandwiches, Chicken Express, Jim Eanes, Alpha Tau Delta and Love’s Flowers for sponsoring and making the luncheon happen. A big ‘thank you’ also to the Worley’s who allowed us to use Apache Pass for the lunch and Relay. We had an awesome time and the place is beautiful.”
GOAL MET—The Relay’s overall goal for 2014 was $50,000—they just made it.
“I am ecstatic about exceeding our goal and completely humbled by the overwhelming support to finish the fight against cancer here in Milam County,” Anderle said.
She said teams have until May 16 to turn in money to count towards this year’s Relay.
Following the closing ceremonies, the band Crash Landing played, a new thing for Relay this year as well.
“Unfortunately, all the teams packed up and left as the band started. I was very disappointed in that as I had to find a sponsor to pay to have the band just so we could have that entertainment,” Jeter said. “Not sure what we will do for entertainment next year. If we have a band, it will probably be during the middle of the event rather than at the end so people will be there to enjoy.”
WHAT IS RELAY— Relay For Life is a unique fund-raising event that allows participants from all walks of life—including patients, medical support staff, corporations, civic organizations, faith-based groups and community volunteers— to join together to fight cancer.
Relay is the ACS’s signature activity and it offers everyone in the community an opportunity to participate. Teams of people “camp out” and take turns walking or running around a marked trail. Each team is asked to have a representative on the track at all times during the 10-hour event.