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2014 Relay raises more than $60K

By Erika Pedroza | Published Wednesday, June 4, 2014

The 2014 Relay For Life of Wise County may have been held in April, but this year’s campaign isn’t quite over.

Participants raised $52,430 while committee members obtained $6,900 in sponsorships for a total of $59,330 – but money has continued to trickle in.

Those successes were celebrated at a wrap-up meeting Monday.

Going into the meeting, Carolyn’s Cookie Monsters led all teams, raising $6,197 for the 2014 event. However, Deborah Castorena, captain of the Friends team, turned in $2,000 at the meeting to increase her team’s original total of $5,709 to more than $7,000.

Both were recognized as gold teams for raising more than $5,000.

The third top team, Decatur Fire Department, collected $3,746 and received the silver seal for raising more than $3,500.

Amy’s Angels, led by team captain Amy Climer, also earned that designation.

Bronze level teams raising $2,500 or more included Paradise High School (team captain, Stephanie Kott), Survivors & Friends (team captain Brenda Scott) and Wise N’ Teal (team captain Ashlee Bohn).

Bohn led all individual fundraisers, collecting $1,430.

Other top individuals included Lannie Noble of Decatur Rotary’s Raiders ($1,075) and Gina Tackett of Healing Hearts ($1,010).

Randa Taylor of the Paradise High School team led all youth participants with a total of $805.

Of the 35 teams that registered for this year’s event, 17 stayed overnight. They include:

  • Decatur Fire Relay Team;
  • Paradise High School Team;
  • Soles of Angels;
  • Fighting Fern ndez Fuerte;
  • Two Coop Chicks and a Rooster;
  • Healing Hearts;
  • Survivors & Friends;
  • Carolyn’s Cookie Monsters;
  • Confirming the Cure;
  • Bridgeport High School;
  • AHS … “The Fight in the Dog;”
  • Qu pasa, amigo? Club;
  • Decatur Rotary’s Raiders;
  • Campin’ for a Cure;
  • Walkers for Tomorrow;
  • Wise N’ Teal; and
  • Weatherford College Wise County Coyotes.

“That’s over half of the teams,” said Stephanie Kott, 2014 event chair. “We had to have set a new record.”

Although the event has passed, teams can turn in money for this year’s campaign through August.

To do so, email Nanette Stockstill of the American Cancer Society at nanette.stockstill@cancer.org.

Top Participant

TOP PARTICIPANT – Stephanie Kott (left), chair of the 2014 Relay For Life of Wise County, recognized Ashlee Bohn (right), captain of the Wise N’ Teal team, as the top participant in this year’s event. She raised $1,430. Submitted photo

Top Youth

TOP YOUTH – Randa Taylor (right) of the Paradise High School team raised $805, earning the honor of Top Fundraising Youth for the 2014 Relay For Life of Wise County. Her team captain, Stephanie Kott (left), said she raised the money on Facebook and emails in one night. Submitted photo

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