Victoria County Relay for Life participation drops

JR Ortega By JR Ortega

April 29, 2013 at 6:04 p.m.
Updated April 29, 2013 at 11:30 p.m.

Relay for Life is always a success, said Keisha Smith, even if that means fewer teams and less money raised.

The Victoria County Relay for Life on Friday grossed $135,000, which includes the event and several other events the Relay for Life organization has held, said Smith, community manager of development.

Last year, 68 teams came together to raise $118,831 before the event; while this year, 48 teams came up with about $99,000 before the event.

Relay for Life raises money for cancer awareness.

Smith did not know why the number of participants was down but said some teams merged and others dropped.

The location also changed from Coleto Creek Park to the practice field at Memorial Stadium.

"There is always room for growth and room to improve. I look forward to being able to work with it again," Smith said.

The final tally for the year is not known. Relay officials are still counting money and have several other Relay events planned in the coming weeks.

Smith said moving back to Coleto Creek would require a bigger turnout, which this year was just under 1,000. Also, the park at Coleto costs more.

In all, Smith said though it was a smaller turnout than in the past, she's proud of the support the event did see.

"We can always do better," she said.



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