Fifteen teams helped lead the Relay for Life event to a record breaking year for funds raised. As of Monday there had been $29,000 turned in with more teams set to tun in fund later.

Treasurer Amy Hassell said they are looking to make over $30,000 this year. They have several more fundraisers in the works and more teams have not turned in their money. the fundraisers will be held through August, which is the end of the fundraising year.

This year Relay celebrated the 100th birthday of the American Cancer Society. This was the 18th year for Relay in Benton County. The theme this year was “Make a Wish, Blow Out Cancer.”

The Relay teams were the Benton County Sheriff’s Office, Big Sandy Community Chamber and the Camden Chamber of Commerce, the Election Commission, Camden Central High School, First united Pentecostal Church, Camden Church of Christ, Camden Family Health Clinic, First Baptist Church, Pizza Hut, Thinking of Pink, United for a Cure, Leap of Faith, the West Tennessee Basket Guild, Flatwoods Baptist Church and the Camden Rotary Club.

This year’s change of venue to the Benton County Fairgrounds seemed to be a big success. According to Hassell, people who attended liked the venue better because there was not so far to walk and it was really easy to hear the speaker and the bands.

There was really a good turnout of people who got there early and stayed late to hear all of the bands and entertainment. (Courtesy Camden Chronicle)

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