Massive thunderstorms ripped through Madison County in the middle of the night Friday, just hours before Relay for Life, American Cancer Society’s largest fundraiser of the year, was scheduled to begin.
Just a few days prior, aware of the forecast, Community Manager Erin Robinson changed the event’s venue from Lake Madison to the Madison County Fairgrounds, where there is a covered arena.
But by the time 10 a.m. rolled around, the sun was shining and crowds were gathered at the event.
“Despite having to change locations because of weather, the event turned out absolutely wonderful,” Robinson said. “I don’t think there’s one person who was in attendance who would say they didn’t have a great time.”
Ninety-nine participants registered for this year’s Relay, and about $26,000 has been raised so far. The local fundraising goal is $31,000 but officials will continue collecting donations through August.
“While we didn’t have perfect attendance from our 12 teams, the nine that showed up were ready to relay,” Robinson said. “The campsites were decked out; they had outstanding food, successful on-site fundraisers and most importantly, their participation and spirit was second to none. I was excited to hear teams already brainstorming for next year.”
Robinson thanked sponsors, volunteers and participants who “played such a huge role in making Relay for Life of Madison County great.”
Those interested in joining the 2017 Relay can contact Robinson at email@example.com.