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June 25, 2013

Marlow, Rush Springs Relay For Life passes goal with $40,000

MARLOW — If the Relay For Life of Marlow/Rush Springs hadn’t reached its $25,000 goal, there was a possibility it could have been combined with the Relay For Life of Stephens County.

This year, the Marlow/Rush Springs event, which was Friday night, didn’t just make goal, it passed it by more than $15,000. This year’s event raised a total of $40,016.

“We blew them out of the water this year,” Laura Kerr, team development committee chairwoman, said.

This was Kerr’s first year on the committee. This year’s event co-chairs were Billie White and Jealena Himes.

Kerr said last year’s event didn’t make goal, and five of the seven teams participating in the event showed up. This year, the event beat its goal with the help of 14 teams, all of whom attended the event.

“All of the teams pulled together this year,” Kerr said.

Relay For Life is a fundraising event for the American Cancer Society. Money raised through Relay and its related fundraising efforts goes toward cancer research and aiding in the treatment of cancer patients.

Aside from surpassing goal, the event had several other changes from last year. One was the change in venue, going from the Marlow practice field to Redbud Park.

Kerr said the change to Redbud Park allowed for more people to participate. The park is not only one of the best known community areas of the town, but has been home to numerous events, including the Marlow Fourth of July celebration.

Another change was the reduction in hours. Instead of going from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m., the event ended at midnight Saturday.

“We are one of the first communities to try the new time,” Kerr said. “Having it for six hours got a lot of people to stay longer. They’re there for the luminaria service and then we’re done.”

Kerr said this year’s event was well received, and she’s excited to see how well next year’s event goes.

“We were very impressed,” Kerr said. “We had a really good turnout. It was a lot of fun.”

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