ORONO, Maine — The Relay For Life of Penobscot County is projecting approximately $180,000 in donations for its 2012 effort. The dollar figure is not finalized because the annual event still has money coming in, and there are several events over the next few weeks that will add to the total.
“We had another great year,” said event co-chairman Chad LaBree. “It’s amazing to see how much this Relay has grown. When the event started nearly 20 years ago, I think there were a dozen teams. This year we saw 86 teams with more than 800 participants flooding the track at the University of Maine’s Morse Field. We had a great weekend for weather, a great turnout and a great showing of support in the fight against cancer.”
This was the second year that the 18-hour walking event was located at the University of Maine. Previously, the event was located at the Old Town High School track, but due to the growth of the event, it was moved to the University of Maine.
Relay For Life is an overnight event where individuals and teams camp out at an athletic track, park or other gathering area with the goal of keeping at least one team member on the track or pathway at all times throughout the evening. Teams do most of their fundraising before the event, but some teams also hold creative fundraisers at their campsites during Relay.
The highest individual fundraiser for the event was Mike Openshaw, who raised more than $4,000. MJ Caps Connection of Brewer was the highest fundraising team again this year.
In addition to the usual last-minute additional donations and sponsorships coming in after the event, this year is the second year that Dunkin Donuts assisted Relay for Life events.
“Dunkin Donuts provided us with hot coffee throughout the event, which was a real boost for those who were walking at all hours of the night,” said LaBree. “The additional funds from Iced Coffee Day at Dunkin Donuts will just go that much further toward the fight against cancer.”
For information about the american Cancer Society, call 800-227-2345.
For more information about Relay For Life or for information about upcoming Relay For Life events in other parts of Maine, visit relayforlife.org.