Clovis Relay raises $100K

CNJ Staff

The 2007 Clovis Relay for Life has raised more than $100,000 to benefit the American Cancer Society, according to event organizers.

This year’s effort has brought in the most donations since the fund-raiser began in 1996, according to event co-chair Rebecca Holt.
More than $80,000 was raised at May’s annual Relay for Life event at Ned Houk Park.

Donations continued all summer, Holt said.

She credited a complete effort from the community as well as the relay staff.

“I think it’s awesome,” Holt said. “I think we live in a great community.”

This year’s event saw 88 teams and more than 1,000 team members who took part in the overnight walk at Ned Houk Park, the most ever, according Holt.

The fund-raiser began in 1996 at Leon Williams Stadium with eight teams raising $13,000. The following year, Relay for Life moved out to Ned Houk Park.

Funds raised benefit cancer research programs, prevention, education and patient services programs.

Only two other New Mexico communities have raised more than $100,000: Albuquerque and Hobbs, Holt said.

“The Clovis Relay just joined them,” she said.