The stormy, wet weather didn’t dampen the spirits of those planning to participate in the Rachel’s Rally/Relay For Life event Friday. A late afternoon storm soaked the Carroll High School grounds and caused some minor structural damage to tents, but organizers successfully moved activities indoors on an abbreviated schedule.
“We had just a brief window to make a decision and get prepared for an indoor event,” said Superintendent David Faltys. “We made the best call we could based on the facts, considering the afternoon storms, the condition of the field at Carroll High
School and the pending forecast as parents were beginning to call in concerned about letting their child perform or spend the night.” Dr. Faltys said although many were disappointed with the decision to go on an abbreviated schedule, everyone pitched in to help set up inside the cafeteria, gym, commons area and library. As a result, thousands turned out to raise funds for cancer research during the second annual record-setting event. In fact, members of the Relay For Life Planning Committee announced to a crowded CHS gym audience that the community had surpassed last year’s $221,000 in giving before the opening ceremonies even began. A grand total won’t be available until late August when the event’s fundraising officially closes, but volunteers say teams are still turning in funds. Despite the move indoors participants raised about $238,000. The Planning Committee and American Cancer Society representatives say they are in the process of planning a post-event party to celebrate team and individual successes and announce award winners. More details will be forthcoming. Visit the link on the CISD home page to learn more about his inspiring event.