Friday’s Relay For Life of Culver raised $7 thousand more than projected, pushing the total donated since the walk’s inception over the $1 million mark. All the funds benefit the American Cancer Society.
The 2019 Relay raised $34,278.36, surpassing the organizing committee’s goal of $27,000. Funds were raised by students from Culver Academies, Culver Community High School, the Culver community, business partners, and donors.
The total raised since the initial Relay in 2008 now stands at $1,008,290.78. There is still time to donate to the Relay For Life of Culver and have it credited to 2019, coordinator Dana Neer said.
The first Relay organized and run by high school students in the country, Culver Academies has hosted the event since its inception. It draws students, parents, faculty, staff, and alumni. They are joined by students, faculty, and staff from Culver Community School Corp. and the Culver community in general.
The American Cancer Society has recognized Culver as one of the top five small community fundraisers in the nation, presenting the group with a national Pace Setter award. The banner is hanging in the Siegfried Fitness Center.
In recent years, Academies students have been divided into teams based on dorms and barracks. The CCHS students are divided by class years. Each team is then sponsored by a local business/donor. Along with the team donations, individual walkers can find sponsors and money is raised through the sale of luminaries, honoring survivors and those who have lost their battle with cancer.