Organizers seek more donations to make up for shortfall
East Lincoln Relay for Life officials are seeking additional community donations for cancer research after a second fundraising event over the weekend attracted a small crowd of supporters.
The mini Relay event took place Friday at Denver United Methodist Church, three weeks after an initial 15th anniversary celebration was cancelled May 9 and 10 at East Lincoln High School due to heavy wind and rain on the county’s eastern end, Relay officials said.
The annual fundraiser typically draws in more than $100,000 in donations, yet Relay officials said the numbers are lagging this year.
According to Anne Willis, Relay for Life co-chair, the event planning committee set this year’s target goal at $135,000.
“We will not make that total without community help,” she said.
While at least 25 teams, comprised of residents, schools, churches, nonprofits, businesses and other area organizations, signed up to participate in the original Relay event, less than half attended Saturday’s rescheduled celebration, initially set for noon-10 p.m., Willis said.
From 9 a.m.-2 p.m. that day, Relay officials successfully hosted the annual classic car show, Cruising for a Cure VIII, which raised $1,200.
During the show, about 30 cancer survivors on-hand for the event completed a survivor lap, and fundraising continued until shortly after the car show concluded.
“When the cars left, so did the people,” Willis said.
Around 4 p.m., the Relay Planning Committee opted to end the celebration early due to lack of support.
“No fundraising was being done except between the teams that were there,” Willis said. “Although we tried to get the word out that we were able to have a mini Relay event, it seems that most were disheartened after we cancelled the (initial) event.”
East Lincoln Relay officials plan to collect monetary donations for the 2014 season through Aug. 31.
Individuals wishing to donate to Relay for Life can mail checks to the following address: The American Cancer Society, Attn: Relay for Life of East Lincoln, P.O. Box 295, Denver, N.C. 28037.