UPDATE: Relay for Life team surpasses goal

September 13, 2010 by

The Nazareth Motherhouse Team was one of about a half dozen taking part in Saturday night’s Concordia Relay for Life, the national fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.

But before the first step was taken  or the first hamburger served, the team had passed its goal of $5,000 to go toward cancer research. At the end of the 12-hour event, the team had raised $5,589. All told, the Concordia event raised $29,900.

This year the Relay was back at Concordia High School’s Panther Stadium after a one-year move to the city’s Sports Center. The event began at 6 p.m. Saturday with one lap by the Concordia American Legion motorcycle riders and a color guard. Then Sister Ramona Medina of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Concordia gave the opening blessing. After the teams were introduced and took one lap together, the “relay” around the track began. Lining the track were hundreds of luminaria — small white sacks, each containing a votive candle that will be lit at sunset, and decorated in honor of a cancer survivor or in memory of someone killed by the disease.

Chairing the Motherhouse team this year were Alfreda Maley, director of nursing, and Sister Dorothy Marquez. The members of the team were Sisters Shirley Meier, Betty Suther, Lucille Herman, Judy Stephens, Jean Befort, Ramona Medina, Loretta Jasper and Bev Carlin; and Mary Jane Gallagher, Marcia Mick, Tina Goff, Michelle Gallagher, Rope Dorman, Vikki Jochems, Eric Jochems, Tryston Jochems, Kayla Ramsey, Rita Collette, Dottie Vohs, Jesica Collins and Sheri Krause.

Others helpers at the team’s booth, which was selling hamburger meals throughout the evening, included Greg Gallagher, Jerry Gallagher and Burl Maley.

The relay ended at 6 a.m. Sunday.

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