Relay for Life officials: This year most successful yet

CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson The 2010 Relay for Life at Ned Houk Park Friday and Saturday raised more than $131,000 dollars for the American Cancer Society.

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer

The 2010 Relay for Life was the most successful in Curry County yet according to relay officials.

The event raised a record $131,387 — up from $117,000 raised last year.

About $102,000 was raised at the 2008 event.

The event also included 87 teams up from 63 last year.

Event Chair Sheryll Plyler said this was a lucky year for the relay.

“Everything just worked out,” Plyler said. “We have a lot of new teams from Cannon (Air Force Base) and they’re always enthusiastic supporters. We also have a lot of new teams from around Clovis. Everyone just seemed free this year.”

Proceeds from the event go to the American Cancer Society.

Dawn Hanks, the events’ Team Recruitment Chairman, said while she spent most of the event answering questions, the event went smoothly.

“It was just little things,” Hanks said. “Really it was so well organized this year we didn’t have a lot of little things.”

Hanks, a fourth grade teacher at Barry Elementary School, said it’s important for the community to come together toward one goal.

“I personally can’t find a cure but I can help someone who can,” she said. “And being a teacher, maybe I’ve started a lifestyle of involvement in some of my students. It’s a never ending process.”