WORTHINGTON -- Relay for Life of Nobles County will be the benefactor of proceeds raised during the chair auction this year at the Windsurfing Regatta and Unvarnished Music Festival.
Ten decorated Adirondack-style chairs were decorated for the auction, which begins at 5 p.m. Saturday, at the Sailboard Beach stage near the shore of Lake Okabena. This is the first year Relay for Life has been chosen to receive the proceeds from the chair auction.
In addition to the funds raised through the auction, people can vote for their favorite chair while they are displayed near the Daily Globe tent at Sailboard Beach. Canisters will be attached to each chair, and people are welcome to "cast their vote" with cash and coin donations Friday night and throughout the day on Saturday. The donations will be added up prior to the auction to determine the People's Choice honorees.
With the 17th annual Nobles County Relay for Life less than three weeks away, Relay co-chair Kim Lambert said she was "very excited" to learn the chair auction will benefit the Relay for Life this year. The fundraising goal for the American Cancer Society's Nobles County Relay is $75,000. The goal had been reduced from 2012's $100,000 goal, due primarily to the closure of Farley's & Sathers, which had a long history as a Relay fundraising powerhouse.
"The chairs will help make up some of that difference," said Lambert.
In May, the American Cancer Society marked its 100th birthday -- celebrating a century of saving lives through research, education and advocacy.
"Cancer's gone from deadly to treatable and from treatable to preventable," Lambert said, adding that 60 percent of the funds raised for the local Relay for Life event are used for research.
"As long as you are taking advantage of preventive tests -- mammogram, colonoscopy and PSA tests -- you've used funds from the American Cancer Society," she said.
Lori Caster, regional operations manager of the Daily Globe, which hosts the annual Regatta chair auction, said the newspaper chooses local charities to receive the funds.
"We talked about the 100th birthday of the American Cancer Society ... and we know (the local Relay) is coming up here soon," Caster said. The Daily Globe has long been a corporate sponsor of the Nobles County Relay for Life, and she is excited to see the Relay benefit from the chair auction.
Lambert said the American Cancer Society benefits everyone who is touched by cancer by providing free information and services to people when they need it. The ACS operates a website, www.cancer.org, as well as a toll-free hotline, 1-800-ACS-2345, to assist the public.
Nineteen teams have joined in the effort to raise funds for this year's Nobles County Relay for Life, slated for June 21, at the Nobles County Fairgrounds in Worthington. Lambert said she doesn't know how much money teams have raised so far this year for the Relay, but every donation helps.
"The American Cancer Society is all about staying well, being healthy," she said. "We're really encouraging people to get the tests, eat healthy and exercise -- that reduces your chances of cancer by almost 90 percent."
Sponsors of this year's chairs to be auctioned off (and the artists) include Gary's Painting and Hardwood Lumber (Denise Erwin); Avera Medical Group Worthington (Julie Wieneke); YMCA (Jennifer Spengler, Paula Byers, Samantha Casper, Lori Caster and Sheila Kluever); Lamperts (Lisa Severance); State Farm - Jessica Noble (Anonymous); First State Bank Southwest, Worthington (Amanda Reif, Michelle and Megan Cummings); VFW Post, Worthington (Bounmy Tonsay and Yoli Salas); Java Nau (Sue Nau); New Dawn, Inc. (Andrew Buntjer); and American Family, Scott Langerud (Samantha Middagh.
Daily Globe Reporter Julie Buntjer may be reached at 376-7330.