Relay for Life raises nearly $50,000


LAKEPORT – The teams and volunteers of the Lake County American Cancer Society Relay For Life raised close to $50,000 which can still grow with donations submitted until the end of August.


The top five teams in fundraising are The Quick Steppers, raising over $7,500, Sutter's Angels Of Hope and Mom's For the Cause tied with over $4,000 each, Envision A Cure with over $3,500 and Wishing Upon A Star with over $2,500.


The 24-hour event had many opportunities to contribute with on-site fundraisers such as silent auctions, a water slippy slide, massages and goods for sale ... Popsicles and water guns being the most popular on a hot day. A Middletown Teen Team was quite innovative with their rickshaw pulling passengers around the track for $1 a lap.


An incentive for on-site fund raising was the Immunity Necklace earned by the team raising the most money that day. The winning team, The Quick Steppers, was immune from walking laps between midnight and 6 a.m.


Continuous entertainment by local musicians, dancers, vocalists, impersonators and a magician went on throughout the day, evening and Sunday morning. Chris Buehnerkemper and his Teen Teams kept the kids busy through the night in the Kid's Zone with DDR, games and music.


Theme Laps and Karaoke Contests were an added attraction. Prizes for winners were donated by local businesses, Konocti Resort and Spa, Lakeport Cinema, The Healing Earth, Danielle from Dream Beauty Store and Salon, Valentino's, Main Street Pizza, Bigg's 155 Diner, Jack's Gaslight and Cafe Victoria.


This year's event was a total success from the Opening "Celebration" Ceremonies on Saturday morning, the moving Luminaria "Remembrance" Ceremony Saturday evening to the Closing "Fight Back" Ceremony Sunday morning; an enjoyable, meaningful and entertaining experience for all who participated or attended.