Leaders of the 2011 McDuffie County Relay for Life declared the event a tremendous success. By the time of the awards luncheon Aug. 3, the community had raised about $145,000 to assist the American Cancer Society.
The relay was held May 13 and 14 at the Thomson High School track and infield.
In their announcement, Relay co-chairpeople Mary Wade and Bob Knox Jr. said, "We need to celebrate our successes, give awards to special teams, and honor all teams."
Knox said the local fundraiser took a break last year. He said some people feared that would mark the end of the highly successful relay, but the group just took a break and came back stronger than ever, he said.
American Cancer Society staff members Angel Carter and Beth Firebaugh presented gifts to Wade and Knox to conclude the luncheon at the Knox home.
Knox acknowledged dozens of volunteers who provide the sound system, arrange flowers, coordinate cancer survivor activities and assist Relay in many other ways.
Teams receiving plaques or acknowledgements were:
- Watson & Knox and Knox & Swan, best decorated tent;
- Georgia Power, best decorated tent honorable mention;
- Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, best baton;
- Union Baptist Church, best baton, honorable mention;
- Washington Heights Baptist Church, best baton, honorable mention;
- H.P. Pelzer, Spirit Award;
- Thomson High School, Above the Call Award;
- Watson & Knox and Knox & Swan, best overall team;
- Temple Inland, best overall team;
- Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, Renewed Energy Award;
- Maxwell Elementary, Renewed Energy Award;
- Temple-Inland, premier money raised;
- Watson & Knox and Knox & Swan, premier money raised;
- City of Thomson, premier money raised;
- First United Methodist Church, premier money raised;
- Martin Marietta, best new team;
- Sweet Blessings, best event; - Thomson Junior Women's Club, Above and Beyond the Call Award.
Looking ahead, Knox said he hopes to see even wider participation next year. Specifically, he said, he hopes for more people on Dearing teams, for more support from the banking community and support from more churches.