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Relay For Life celebrates 25 years
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The luminaria are lighted and the relay begins.
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The ninth annual Joe Barber Memorial Relay For Life kicked off at the Refugio County Fairgrounds Nov. 14-15. For 25 years Relay For Life has been a life changing event that brings together more than 3.5 million people to celebrate the lives of those who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and empower individuals and communities to fight back against a disease that takes too much.

The Survivor’s Dinner kicked off the event at 5:30 p.m., Expo building. Approximately 155 people enjoyed a good meal organized by Betty Bauer, Pattie Bourglund, Rev. John Alsbrooks and Lenny Anzaldua.

At the conclusion of the dinner, the survivors made their way to the tent through a victory line formed by the Relay participants. Kenneth Wright, master of ceremonies, welcomed the survivors and gave an invocation followed by Allie Coscetti singing the national anthem.

Wright introduced a special guest, Joan McMiken, the daughter of Joe Barber, the Relay’s namesake. McMiken thanked the community for honoring her father. Survivors who wished to tell their experience with cancer came to the microphone to tell their story.

Later, the HOPE sign was lighted and the entire group of relayers made the first lap together.

At 10 p.m. the bidding ceased on all the baskets provided by each team. Several thousand dollars was raised by the auction for the baskets. Cecelia Bauer was the chair of the baskets.

Father Philip Panackal of Our Lady of Refuge Church said Midnight Mass in the Expo Building followed by a midnight meal of sandwiches and chips provided by Refugio Memorial Hospital under the tent.

“About 12:45 a.m. a group of volunteers performed a skit about breast cancer which was informative and hilarious!” said Kate Campbell, event chair.

At 3 a.m. awards were presented. Five teams that earned $1,500 were recognized for their Bronze Level achievement. The teams included Team Janie, the Community Cemetery team, The Methodist Youth team, the Hard Heads team from Austwell-Tivoli, and the RHS National Honor Society.

At the silver level, for earning $3,000, were the Refugio County Memorial Hospital team, Peace Lutheran-Fishers of Men team and Nanny’s Road Crew.

Gold level teams earning $5,000 were Cluster’s Crew and Round’n Up A Cure.

The Top Youth Team Fund-raiser was RHS National Honor Society earning $1,358. The Top Youth Individual was a tie between Janet Cordero and Fletcher Wright both raising $55.

The Top Adult Team Fund-raiser was Round’n Up a Cure earning $6,075 and the Top adult Fund-raiser raising $3,310.

Nanny’s Road Crew earned an award for the best decorated camp site. The spirt of the relay team award went to the Refugio County Memorial Hospital team .

Chase Linscomb, who spent hours preparing the music for the relay as well as keeping music and running chatter going throughout the night, earned the spirit of relay individual award.

Individuals who raised more than $1,000 and earned special green shirts were Minnie Lu and John Sutton, Beth Linscomb, Cecelia Bauer, Debi Jackson, Linda and Tommy Butler and Kate Campbell.

At 6 a.m., the closing ceremony, with the Rev. Mary Ida Lobaugh of Peace Lutheran Church in Woodsboro conducting the sunrise service.
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