By TAYLOR HARTZ
Southington’s 18th annual Relay for Life was held last weekend, raising a total of $108,963 for cancer research and awareness. The 24-hour event consisted of 54 teams fundraising before and during the event, coming together for the common cause of helping communities fight cancer.
The top three teams raised nearly 30 percent of total funds.
Crowns for a Cure was the top fundraising team, bringing in approximately $14, 231. This team held numerous events throughout the season, including the Relay For Life Pageant held on April 24th.
Coming in close behind, Team Goralski raised just over $10,000, and Jean’s Angels in Action Against Cancer brought in just under $6,000. The top teams all received many donations and held several fundraisers, including Jean’s Angels’ weekly fundraisers at Wendy’s in Southington, where a percentage of sales each Wednesday were donated to the team.
Throughout fundraising efforts for all 54 teams, many businesses in the Southington community made monetary donations and volunteered their goods and services for the cause.
“Our community is very generous and always steps up to help in any way they can for the relay,” said Southington Relay For Life Chairperson Joyce McAloon.
From Friday afternoon through Saturday afternoon, the teams joined together on the walking track at Southington High School to circle the track, host booths at the relay’s marketplace for additional fundraising, and participate in the luminaria ceremony in memory and support of those who have faced cancer.
This is the first year that the Southington relay did not require a registration fee. In previous years it cost individuals $10 to participate. Despite the change, the weekend was still a fundraising success, said Ashley Aleksinas, a member of Relay for Life’s committee for publicity.
“These teams did an amazing job leading up to relay, holding fundraisers and doing what they had to do raise money for the cause,” said Aleksinas.
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Photos by TAMMI NAUDUS