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Relay a rainy night success
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The threat of rain did not prevent an impressive turnout for the 16th annual American Cancer Society Relay for Life Friday.Many cancer survivors and their friends and relatives came to Greenbrook Park to support the fight against the disease.While the rain did eventually come, the participants’ spirits were not dampened.Boy Scout Troop #347 opened the ceremony with the presentation of the colors, and the National Anthem was performed by Suzanne Slager.Entertainment for the event featured many local singers and church groups, as well as ventriloquist David Turner and Friends.Cancer survivors introduced themselves and were presented with a medallion before taking the first lap around the park.The walking track was also lined with luminaria in honor or remembrance of those who have battled cancer.The male beauty contest, a traditional feature of the event, was held.The participants’ goal was to use their wiles to collect as much money as possible during the night.Several local fundraising teams also participated in the event.New Life Pentecostal Church received the award for having the most team members present on Relay night.Whorton Springs Baptist Church took the award for best-decorated campsite.Liberty State Bank was awarded for being most spirited.Elizabeth Chapel Baptist Church Youth took the award for campsite with the best youth activities.The following fundraising teams set up at the event: •Elizabeth Chapel Baptist Church; •Elizabeth Chapel Youth Group; •Regions Bank; •NHC Healthcare; •DeKalb Community Hospital; •Sun Crest Home Health; •Cash Express; •Smithville BPW Club; •Federal Mogul; •New Life Pentecostal Church; •Liberty State Bank; •DeKalb Community Bank; •Dairy Queen; •Team of Survivor's; and•Whorton Springs Baptist Church. While $60,366.25 has been raised for the 2013 Relay to date, fund raising by the teams will continue through Aug. 31.