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Centralia Relay For Life Has Raised $62,000 So Far

By Bruce Kropp, WJBD News

The Centralia Relay for Life has $62,000 in the bank headed into Friday night's event at the Centralia High School track.  

The total was reported at the conclusion of the Wednesday night bank night.  Organizers says with nine teams yet to turn in money and anticipated food stand sales during relay, they are confident they can reach their $80,000 goal.  

James Conner with the American Cancer Society is pleased with how this year's relay has come together under new chair Jennifer Harnish and co-chair Beth Maddox.  "I'm looking back at last year.  Things look like they are up as far as teams and participants.  That is credited a lot to the committee.  They have done a wonderful job.  In fact, they have helped me along the way, that's what it is all about," said Conner.  This is Conner's first year in assisting with Relay for Life Events.

Harnish says they are on target to meet their goals.  "The goal is to have 200 survivors out there.  Teams.  We are hoping for 20 teams, which we did get, so we met that goal.  Our overall goal is to raise $80,000 and we're hoping to meet that," said Harish. She is appreciative of last year's chairs for the good shape they left all the records which has helped in planning this year's event.  

Maddox is settling into her new role as co-chair.  "I'm pretty pleased with it.  Our committee is great, you couldn't ask for better people," said Maddox.

Harnish and Maddox are both from the top fund raising team Big 'D',  They stepped up to fill the leadership void for the overall relay.  

The theme of this year's relay is 'Working For A Cure'.  Opening ceremonies begin at six Friday night at the Centralia High School Track.  Activities continue up to the closing ceremony at 5:30 Saturday morning.   

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