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Relay record: 2006 donations most ever for event

Donations are still coming in for the 2006 McDuffie County Relay for Life, nearly two weeks after the event ended. And that money has officially topped last year's record numbers.

As of Tuesday afternoon, $223,000 had been raised to benefit the American Cancer Society, according to Relay Co-Chair and Thomson Mayor Bob Knox's office. At this point last year, $215,000 had been tallied with the final number reaching $221,000.

For ACS Community Manager Summer Garrison, the McDuffie Relay is, as always, a source of inspiration.

"I am continuously amazed by the amount of money McDuffie County raises for the American Cancer Society Relay for Life," she said. "McDuffie County is off the chart in comparison with other communities their size when it comes to Relay for Life."

Ms. Garrison said one thing that makes the McDuffie Relay special is the massive participation across the board. Because so many get excited about it, the numbers keep rising.

"Some of my favorite things about the Relay for Life of McDuffie County is the amount of survivors that participate in the survivor lap, the number of luminaries surrounding the track and the matching tents," Ms. Garrison said. "...I want to personally thank everyone involved in the Relay this year. This was one of the best years yet."

According to Mr. Knox, the unofficial goal for the Relay is $235,000. Should the last few donations top that mark, Ms. Garrison has agreed to dye her hair purple, the theme color of the ACS.

"I have to admit I took a sigh of relief when Mayor Knox announced the final total on Saturday morning (May 13)," she said. "Personally, I am not a fan of purple hair, but it looks like I will find out very soon."

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Web posted on Thursday, May 25, 2006

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