Relay expects to top $60,000

Kevin Holamon
Team Cade, honoring Cade Boyle, consisted of more than 50 members, mostly family and co-workers of his parents. They succeeded in raising $4,801 to be the top earning team of the 2014 Relay for Life of Brown County.

Relay for Life of Brown County had another successful year in 2014.

Lisa Callahan, of Relay for Life of Brown County, reported Saturday the organization had already raised $52,190.61 to help fight cancer over the next year.

“We still need to collect about $6,900 in sponsorships,” Callahan said.

Callahan said there is also more in pledged matching funds to collect, when the final numbers are tallied.

“We expect to end up having raised close to $65,000,” she said.

The top earner in the Silver category was Team Cade with $4,801, followed by One Day at a Time with $4,004 and Team Thacker with $3,770.

The top Bronze earners were CMS Health Care with $3,124 and Early cheer with $2,715.

“The majority of our teams made over $1,100,” Callahan said, “which I think is pretty fantastic.”

In all, 39 teams with over 250 members participated. From the size of the crowd, it was obvious many more participated, who were not affiliated with teams.

“The Brownwood and Early high school students really stepped up,” Callahan said. “It’s the people in our community who make this possible.”

She asked to thank David Furry of Leak Surveys and his pilot, Mike Mayfield, who always provides a helicopter to carry one of the honorees to the stadium. This year, because of an emergency preventing Air Evac’s participation, Mayfield first flew in Yelena Martin, the child survivor honoree, then returned to BRMC to pick up Brandy Bishop, the adult survivor honoree.

“We really want to thank all of our businesses and sponsors for making this happen,” Callahan said.

The organization will have a meeting to wrap up this year’s event and begin making plans for the next.