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Relay tops $30,000

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Countywide fund-raiser topples last year’s total

By The Staff

The Trimble Banner

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The grand total, so far, for this year’s Trimble County Relay for Life is $30,043, according to organizer Myrna Persell.

The amount far surpasses last year’s total of just over $22,000.

“I’m just ecstatic,” she said. Other counties have industries that donate large amounts of funds and also provide volunteers for the event. Here in rural Trimble County, the funding was raised by the hard work and dedication of individuals and small business. “To me, that’s something to be proud of.”

Persell said Monday that at least 650 people attended the 2009 Relay event, held Friday evening through Saturday morning in the parking lot at Bedford Elementary School.

The funds, which benefit the American Cancer Society, were collected by 32 teams this year. Teams work throughout the year on projects and events designed to raise money for the event.

Teams can still collect money for this year’s Relay. The final deadline to turn in funds is July 19, so Persell expects the final total will be higher.

“Fight like a girl” Relay T-shirts, in chocolate brown with pink lettering, are still on sale. Short-sleeved shirts are $10; long-sleeved T-shirts are $15; hooded sweatshirts are $20; and caps are $25. Anyone wishing to buy any of these items should call Persell to place an order at (502) 268-3062.

Friday’s event kicked off at 7 p.m., with an address from county Judge-Executive Randy Stevens, a performance of the National Anthem by Hannah Ball, and presentation of colors by the Bedford and Milton Boy Scout and Cub Scout troops.

After two laps by local cancer survivors and another lap by caregivers and family members of those who battled cancer, several “Ladies of the Relay” took a walk around the makeshift track at BES to garner votes for Miss Relay.

Relay participants were asked to drop money into the handbags of the local men – gussied up in women’s attire. Pennies indicated a vote for the candidate; any other coins or bills were a vote against.

An elegantly dressed and coiffed Norvel Barnes won the “crown,” earning the most penny votes and turning in a total of $67.