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Centralia Relay For Life Raises $73,595 So Far

June 18, 2017

The Centralia Relay for Life has ended its annual event with $73,595 in the bank, but with hopes of still reaching the $78,000 goal.

Chair Margaret Mattmiller says she is still very hopeful they will reach the goal and surpass what they raised last year and keep going. But even if they fall a little short of the goal, Mattmiller feels the event was a success.

“As I walked around through the crowds and seen everything, I received so many good remarks. Everyone has been very happy. All I hear is it was a great success and it was. It was truly a great success,” said Mattmiller. “It takes each and everyone of us to make this event and it has taken everyone. Everyone has put in a lot of effort and it is very much appreciated. That’s what it takes to beat something that is so terrible. That’s what a cancer survivor does they take everything they got to try and beat it.”

Mattmiller says there were 26 teams this year and 1,200 to 1,300 luminaria sold for the luminaria lighting ceremony. She notes Fairview Park once again turned out to be a great venue.

A wrap-up session was set for Tuesday, July 11th, to announce an updated figure and to make team awards. Two awards were handed out at the closing ceremony on Friday. The Villagers Children won the children’s award for Most Spirited and the Monsanto team won the award for the adult team.

Mattmiller says there are also plans being made for a July fundraiser by several of the teams to help reach the goal.

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