Relay for Life Halfway to Goal

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The abundance of purple in downtown St. Maries is a visual reminder of an upcoming event.

The second annual St. Maries Relay for Life, the signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, is Aug. 1 and 2.

With more than $26,000 raised, the group is on track to exceed last year’s earnings of $30,000. This year’s goal is $50,000.

Judd Wilson, the manager of the St. Maries Wells Fargo branch, was instrumental in convincing the company to make a donation to the St. Maries Relay for Life event. Wells Fargo is the first Platinum Sponsor donating $1,000. Organizers Starla Thompson and Crystal Houck said they are encouraged by the increased support that the community has offered the event this year.

Judd Wilson, the manager of the St. Maries Wells Fargo branch, was instrumental in convincing the company to make a donation to the St. Maries Relay for Life event. Wells Fargo is the first Platinum Sponsor donating $1,000. Organizers Starla Thompson and Crystal Houck said they are encouraged by the increased support that the community has offered the event this year.

“Last year at this time we only had $14,000,” organizer Starla Thompson said. “And we raised over half of our donations at the event itself. So I am certain we will make our goal.”

The addition of a platinum donation by a corporate sponsor last week was a big boost for the fundraising campaign. Wells Fargo donated $1,000 and is the event’s main sponsor. Other event sponsors include Valley Vista and Benewah Community Hospital with donations of $500.

“I’m pleased that I was able to get my corporate leadership on board with the idea and that they fully support this first-ever platinum sponsorship,” Branch Manager Judd Wilson said.

Ms. Thompson said she and her co-chair Crystal Houck were shocked when they heard about the platinum sponsorship.

“To have all these people and businesses stand behind us is encouraging,” Ms. Thompson said.

The group is selling luminaries for the memorial. The names submitted for the luminaries will also be featured on a slideshow during the event. The names need to be submitted by July 29 in order to be included on the slideshow.

Volunteers for the day of the event are also needed mostly for set-up and cleanup. Anyone who needs community service hours, or who would just like to help are encouraged to participate. Call the committee chairs Ms. Thompson at 659-7423 or Crystal Houck at 582-2338.

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