On Tuesday, April 17 the committee for Relay for Life at St. Mary’s College held a meeting to discuss what has been accomplished throughout the year in their fight against cancer.
For the recent Relay for Life event that was held on Feb. 11-12 in the Michael P. O’Brien Athletics and Recreation Center, the team managed to raise $32,086, despite their original goal of $42,000.
“We were a little under,” said the newly appointed Event Chair, sophomore Colleen Hughes, “but we still try to raise the bar every year.” She continued to say that $32,086 is still a very significant amount that can help a lot in the fight.
After the big event in February, the team that raised the most money was Residence Life with $5,017. The Crew Team also received acknowledgement, as they had a large portion of their members participate, leading them to split themselves into two different teams that both raised a lot of money.
The largest individual fundraisers were Associate Dean of Students and Director of Residence Life Joanne Goldwater with $2,175, junior Will Dyer with $1,331, and junior Madailein Harrigan with $1,035.
The weekend after the wrap up meeting, the Relay for Life committee held a booth at World Carnival where they were taking donations, doing hair wraps, streaking hair purple, and selling raffle tickets for $5 for a chance to win a new Mazda.
On April 26, they also took part in the Remembrance Day event that took place at the James P. Muldoon River Center to hand out information on grief counseling related to cancer.
On Wednesday, May 2, which is a Reading Day, the group will be hosting Midnight Munchies at 7 p.m. on the Lewis Quad patio to help raise money.
Through all of these activities, the committee, which is now headed by Hughes and first-year Teresa Padgett as Event Co-Chair, is hoping to make Relay for Life a better known group on campus.
To get involved with Relay for Life, students and staff can email Hughes at firstname.lastname@example.org, or can attend any of the open meetings that will start back up next year. While they are always looking for people willing to be on different committees within Relay for Life (i.e. publicity, sponsorship, fundraising, mission and advocacy, etc.), they also are looking for anyone willing to join and lend a helping hand.
“Relay is a success because of all the people involved,” said Hughes, “from chairs of committees, staff sponsors, participants, donators, survivors, and caregivers!”