When it comes to the Relay For Life of Culver, coordinator Dana Neer is very interested in the numbers. But they aren’t the numbers most people would be thinking about when it comes to the American Cancer Society fundraiser.
It’s great that Culver surpassed its goal of $75,000 this spring and even passed $80,000 before the funding period was over. It’s great that the event, heading into its 11th year, has raised approximately $900,000 in the fight against cancer. And it’s even better when the ACS recognized Culver as one of the top five small community fundraisers in the nation this past August, presenting the group with a national Pace Setter award. The banner is hanging in the Siegfried Fitness Center.
But, when it comes to numbers, Neer is wanting more – as in more participation numbers. The event conducted on the Culver Academies campus draws students, faculty, staff, and some alumni, but it also involves in the whole Culver community as well.
Neer has set the goals for 2018 at 50 percent participation by students at Culver Academies and Culver Community High School; 30 percent for the faculty and staff from both schools, and 20 to 25 businesses serving as sponsors of the student teams.
The 2018 event will be conducted on Friday, May 11, and run from 7 p.m. to midnight. Neer said he is hoping that community groups and individuals will come out and participate. There will be food vendors available, so people can eat dinner and then possibly walk a few laps or visit with people who are walking. He added that it is not necessary for people to stay until the end.
This year will include a new route that will be based at the Naval Building. The route will follow Lake Maxinkuckee, then angle toward the flag poles and then cut across the grass back to the Naval Building. He believes people will enjoy the beauty of the walk by the lake.
Along with helping to run the walk, the students will be divided into teams based on dorms and barracks on campus and by class year at Culver Community. Local businesses will be asked to sponsor a student team.
The Relay For Life of Culver was the first walk organized and run by students when it started 10 years ago.