They enjoyed cake and ice cream and celebrated a campaign that raised approximately $145,000 for the American Cancer Society.
Co-chairs John Dancoff and Susan Beaver praised the success of Lincolntonâ€™s Relay for Life event as organizers and team captains gathered for a wrap-up party at Betty Ross Park. This yearâ€™s event, held May 7-8 at Lincolnton High School was the first rain-free relay in years.
The funds raised by 42 teams was not near the $175,000 goal, but organizers said whatâ€™s important is that it was a success. Crowds returned under sunny skies to the stadium at Lincolnton High School to an event that offered lots of entertainment, more than 1,000 luminaries, and participation by cancer survivors.
â€œEverything was perfect,â€ said Beaver. â€œWe had great weather, good crowds, good entertainment.â€
Most importantly, it brought hope for cancer survivors, their families and friends.
â€œItâ€™s all abut hope,â€ she said. â€œItâ€™s on the T-shirts.â€
The money raised, along with East Lincoln Relayâ€™s more than $400,000, will likely make Lincoln County one of the top fund-raisers in the nation for its population category, an achievement made for the past five years, Dancoff said.
â€œIt was a phenomenal year.â€
R-Anell Housing raised the most money, some $16,000, thanks in part to a 100 percent company match to its teamâ€™s collections.
Providence Missionary Baptist Church, which provided music during the event, receive the â€œSpirit of the Relayâ€ award.