UNION COUNTY — The Union County Relay for Life continued its long-running streak of success over the weekend.
Union County Relay for Life event chair Beth Lancaster reported on Monday that $81,000 was raised over the weekend during the 2014 relay festivities.
The celebrity starter for the relay was WSPA-TV’s Jack Roper. Roper was wearing handcuffs when he was brought in by Sheriff David Taylor for “lack of relay participation in Union County.” In order to be released, Roper was required to raise $200 “bail money.” The crowd in attendance responded, and Roper raised $350. He was “released” from Sheriff Taylor’s custody and dubbed an official Union County Relay for Life supporter.
A total of 19 teams received 2014 Spirit of Relay awards during the event’s closing ceremony on Saturday morning, and other awards were presented in the Newcomers and Veteran Teams categories. Those awards were as follows:
Most Money Raised — Bethel Baptist Church
Best Banner — Youth Leadership Union County
Best Theme — Union County High School
Best Campsite — Wells Fargo
Most Money Raised — Dollar General
Best Banner — Grace United Methodist Church
Best Theme — Dollar General
Best Campsite — Buffalo United Methodist Church
The winner of the Team Talent Contest was Wells Fargo with “Lock Out Cancer.”
This year’s presenting sponsor for the event was Dollar General, which donated $5,000. Corporate sponsors for the event — which donated at the $1,000 level — were Sims Middle School, Union County High School, and Bantam Chef of Union.
Those involved in the relay work on a completely volunteer basis, and after some expenses such as power and fairgrounds rental, all money raised goes to the American Cancer Society.
“This is a fight to find cures,” Inman said. “The American Cancer Society Relay for Life’s primary function is to generate resources for research, education, advocacy and patient services relative to finding cures and treatments.”