Relay for Life raises $116,000

CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo The Clovis Municipal Schools and Clovis Community College’s cosmetology program’s Relay team called the E-lemon-ators sold lemonade and baked goods to raise money for the American Cancer Society.

CNJ staff

Officials with the Clovis Relay for Life are catching their breath from the annual fundraising event, but said there’s still more work to be done.

The event, held Friday night and Saturday morning at Ned Houk Park, has resulted in $116,000 raised to defray costs for cancer research.

The total is less than the $131,000 raised at the same time last year. But Dorothy Nelson, community relationship manager for the Great West Division of the American Cancer Society, said there are still some smaller events coming and people often give after the event at relayforlife.org/clovisnm.

“What we do (at the ACS) depends on what fundraising estimates are,” Nelson said.

Of that total, $28,000 was raised specifically at the overnight event. Teams do most of their fundraising before, but many raise extra money at the event by offering games, prizes and refreshments while team members walk around a track.

The following awards were given for the event:

• Best Campsite: Charlie’s Angels, Captain Rebecca Holt

• Best team banner: CAFB 73rd Wombats, Captain Jamie Higgs

Top three fundraising teams

• 1. PRMC Lifesavers: $18,542.25, Captains Sheryll Plyler, Hoyt Skabelund, Leona Harvey

• 2. Ride for Life: $17,202.00, Captain Amber Workheiser

• 3. ENMR The Home Team: $6,283.70, Captains Jan Yonge, Shannon Kesler