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Relay for Life wraps up in Harmony, moving to Chatfield


By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Jul 25th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Features

Fillmore County’s Relay for Life, a staple event of the summer for the county, ended up crushing its fundraising goal of $128,000 at this year’s event in Harmony on July 11. Even though all of the money wasn’t fundraised in one evening, the efforts of the participating teams really came together to make a successful campaign in the ongoing fight against cancer and search for a cure.

This year’s event, themed “Up, Up and Away” with cancer, was supported by 29 teams – an impressive amount for a county the size of Fillmore. To make it an even more staggering figure, the 29 teams made for 483 participating members this year.

Months of detailed-oriented planning and striving to perfect the particulars helped the event really take off, not to mention the countless hours dedicated by this year’s planning committee spearheaded by the co-chairs, Lavonne Mensink and Sue Sikkink. Mensink and Sikkink guided the event during its tenure in Harmony for the past two years.

“It was truly a rewarding position to be in,” said Sikkink on the experience.

The goal for this year’s Relay for Life of Fillmore County was $128,000, an amount that was met in the hours of Relay night. Currently, more funds have been turned in. At the last update, more than $138,000 had been turned in for the 2014 Relay for Life of Fillmore County.

The number is still expected to fluctuate as donations and fundraising totals are still submitted. “Donations can still be turned in and the bank in Harmony to either Sue, or Vicki Christianson,” said Mensink. “The total changes everyday up until August 31.”

As Harmony has hosted the event for the past two years, just as Preston had before that, the Fillmore County Relay for Life will once again be shifted to a different location. In fact, for the next two years it will be hosted in Chatfield for the first time. New co-chairs for 2015 and 2016 include Deb Jorgenson and Wendy Kirchner.

The next Relay will take place July 10, 2015 in the City Park of Chatfield. An informational meeting is scheduled in September as planning gets underway by the new planning committee.

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