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Relay total up to $48,200

Participants in the Nobles County Relay for Life event begin walking Friday night at the Nobles Nobles County Fairgrounds. (Julie Buntjer/Daily Globe)

WORTHINGTON — In light of the severe storms that have recently plagued the nation, Friday evening’s weather was a highlight of the Nobles County Relay for Life for its organizers, said Kim Lambert, who is co-chairwoman along with Sheila Koob.

“The weather ended up being perfect,” she described about the night-long event that raises money for the American Cancer Society.

“The story of our honorary survivor, Darin Rehnelt, was a tear-jerker, and 13-year-old Anna Meyer sang the national anthem and was just fantastic.”

For a second year, the Relay had volunteers willing to cut their long hair for Locks of Love, which accepts donations of hair to be made into hairpieces for children suffering from hair loss due to medical treatments.

“Alyssa Koob and Gracie Buxengard put their hair into ponytails, and we took bids during the live auction to be able to cut a ponytail off,” explained Lambert. “With the matching funds, they raised over $1,000, and it benefited two causes, which is neat.”

So far this year, the Relay has raised $48,200, more than a bit shy of the goal of $77,500. But there’s still time and ways to make up the difference.

The Worthington Regional Health Care Foundation is matching up to $50,000 in Relay contributions. So far, the match is up to $35,700.

“We had already raised about $10,000 when they had started the matching funds,” Lambert said. “So we still have almost $15,000 available in matching funds, and we would love to take full advantage of that.”

Lambert expects money to continue to trickle in to the Relay campaign in the days and weeks ahead. Anyone interested in contributing can contact any Relay for Life team member or drop off donations at the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce office.

While Relay teams have their own fundraisers throughout the year, the Relay itself is the biggest single benefit for the ACS, Lambert said.

“The night of the relay, with the bucket raffles and the live auction and all the campsite sales, we brought in over $10,000, so that was a good night. I just want to thank everybody for coming out and supporting us and thank the teams for everything they’ve done to make it a success.”

Lambert is a longtime Relay for Life volunteer, having gotten involved because of a prevalence of cancer in her family. More volunteers are always welcome, as the organization can use some “new blood” and ideas.

“Every little bit helps,” she said. “Some people are intimidated by teams that raise a lot of money. but every little bit makes a difference, and you can be as involved as you want.”

Anyone interested in getting involved with Relay for Life can contact Lambert at 372-5305.

Beth Rickers

Beth Rickers is the veteran in the newspaper staff with 25 years as the Daily Globe's Features Editor. Interests include cooking, traveling and beer tasting and making with her home-brewing husband, Bryan. She writes an Area Voices blog called Lagniappe, which is a Creole term that means "a little something extra." It can be found at  

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