GAINING GROUND: Relay takes a step closer to event goal

COLUMBIA CITY — Volunteers are putting the final plans in place for the county’s Relay for Life event slated for June 7 at 8 a.m. at Indian Springs Middle School, Columbia City.The 24-hour walk will raise money and awareness for the American Cancer Society. Funds raised at the Whitley County event will financially support local patients and cancer survivors.Currently, relay participants have raised $7,810 of the $35,000 goal. Eighteen teams have already registered, however, local organizers have a goal of 35. There is still time to register a team and to generate funds for the cause.Many relayers register the day of the event and several teams hold on-site fundraisers to keep boosting their team’s total.“Some of the things the teams do are really creative,” said Co-Chair Tammy Gross. “Even if you can’t spend the day or aren’t part of a team, it is fun to come out just for a little while and have lunch or participate in the silent auction. Either way, it all goes for the same good cause.”Three teams have already turned in more than $1,000 — one of them has surpassed $2,000.To read the rest of this story, see the April 23 issue of The Post and Mail. Don't have a subscription? Call (260) 244-5153 or subscribe to our e-edition. For breaking news, sports updates and additional coverage, bookmark the homepage and find us on facebook and twitter.