While the Harrisburg Campus 2013 Relay For Life event turned out to be a few hours shorter than anticipated, it still raised significant money in the fight against cancer.
The 12-hour charity walk had been going strong for more than six hours on Saturday when the skies opened and heavy rain brought a premature end to the festivities. The walk was held in the parking lot outside the campus classroom building.
“We had a good turnout for most of the morning,” law student and event organizer Michelle Santos said. “The rain wasn’t good, but looking back, we were successful in raising money to fight cancer so our goal was met, essentially.”
Preliminary figures show that the relay raised $6,880. The 45 walkers across 11 teams were largely students accompanied by family and friends.
A silent auction held in The Pit in the days leading up to the event raised $1,122. The top-selling item was a game night with the legal methods faculty for up to 10 people. It sold for $500.
The top fund raiser was Assistant Professor of Legal Methods Dionne E. Anthon
, who brought in $2,310 and said Monday that she still wasn’t finished seeking donations for the American Cancer Society.
“It was really great to have that support through my treatments, so I really like to try and raise as much money for the organization as possible,” said Anthon, a breast cancer survivor. She credited the students with putting together a quality event.
“They do such a great job,” she said.
The top student fund raiser was Yasmine Naamo, who raised $610. Santos said that she hopes the final financial tally will hit $8,000 or more after cash is counted from games and raffles and sales of luminaries, food, and baked goods.
The rain forced organizers to cancel the luminary portion of the relay, which happens after dark. Santos said that it will be rescheduled and that holding it on a later date will present an opportunity to raise more funds by selling additional $10 luminary bags.