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COUNTING CASH: Relay for Life event close to reaching goal

May 23, 2013

Cathy Cronin (left) and Tami Pence coordinate materials to be handed out to Relay for Life teams at its annual Bank Night Wednesday. Cronin and Pence are two of the event’s committee chairmen. Post & Mail photo / Christie Barkley

COLUMBIA CITY — With less than two weeks until the annual Relay for Life event, teams filtered into Chase Bank, Columbia City, to turn in money and pick up last-minute information for the 24-hour walk.

Bank Night happens each year shortly before the relay kicks off, gives committee chairmen and coordinators a chance to see how much has been raised for the American Cancer Society, prior to the actual event.

“We are about 70 percent to our goal,” said Melissa Stephens, ACS community representative. “I have no doubt that we’ll reach our goal of $24,000 when the relay is all done.”

Relay for Life will be held Saturday, June 1 from 9 a.m. at Indian Springs Middle School. It will continue for a complete 24 hours, concluding June 2 at 9 a.m.

The walk is planned each year as a way to generate awareness for ACS as well as funds for patient support and programming. In addition to reaching out to those currently battling cancer, the event takes time to remember those lost to the illness and celebrate those that have overcome it.

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