2011-06-09 / Front Page

Volunteers wrap up 2011 Wilkes Relay for Life looking back on successful cancer fund raiser


Some 220 cancer survivors helped make the 2011 Wilkes Relay for Life a success, including Richard Burkett (center, holding banner) who walked 156 laps on the Parks and Recreation track during the allnight event. Some 220 cancer survivors helped make the 2011 Wilkes Relay for Life a success, including Richard Burkett (center, holding banner) who walked 156 laps on the Parks and Recreation track during the allnight event. Volunteers for the recent 2011 Wilkes County Relay for Life gathered Tuesday night for their wrap-up meeting, celebrating a successful fund drive and passing out awards for volunteer and team participation.

At the Relay wrap-up meeting, organizers recognized the contributions and efforts of 22 teams, 220 survivors, and hundreds of volunteers. This year, the Wilkes Relay for Life raised $12,500 in corporate sponsorship, and raised a total of nearly $53,000.

After the meeting’s food and games, co-chairmen Margie Burke and Reba Brown passed out awards for achievement in several categories.

The teams that raised the most money were the Laugh-In team at Wills Memorial Hospital, followed by the team from the Roy L. Burns Senior Center and the Little River Aloha team.

Washington- Wilkes Primary School took the “ Ruler of the School Yard” award for raising the most money of any school.

The Church of the Year was Little River Aloha. The Spirit Award went to the teams from Little River Aloha and The Sanctuary.

The “Pack the Track” award, honoring the most walkers taking part, went to Laugh-In at Wills Memorial, with The Sanctuary taking second, and Washington-Wilkes Elementary School taking third.

Wills Memorial Hospital and New Life Baptist Church took the “Up All Night” award.

The Best Decorated Campsite award went to the Rayle EMC team, with The Sanctuary second and Heritage Healthcare in third.

Co-chairman Reba Brown won the crown for Most Money Raised (individual), with Rachael Moreland taking second and Mary Elizabeth Burdette in third.

Cancer survivor Richard Burkett took the prize for the most laps walked by an individual. Burkett completed 156 laps of the Parks and Recreation track during the all-night event.

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