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Crown Point relay tops goal

Cancer benefit raises more than $36,000

Anita Johnson, left, and Carrie Pertak, co-chairwomen, open the Relay for Life of Crown Point. The event featured teams walking on a track at the school from 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, to 7 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 7. Walkers raised money — through pledges, find-raising events and other activities — to be donated to the American Cancer Society.

Anita Johnson, left, and Carrie Pertak, co-chairwomen, open the Relay for Life of Crown Point. The event featured teams walking on a track at the school from 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, to 7 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 7. Walkers raised money — through pledges, find-raising events and other activities — to be donated to the American Cancer Society. Photo by Nancy Frasier.

— The inaugural Relay for Life of Crown Point exceeded all expectations.

The American Cancer Society benefit attracted 250 participants and raised more than $36,000.

“That is an amazing number for any event, but it was over the top for a first time event,” said Anita Johnson, who co-chaired the vent with Carrie Pertak. “We had many local businesses and individuals that contributed to the success of these teams through fundraising and donations that started back in March. Thank you to all who gave their time and their donations.”

Held at Crown Point Central School, the relay featured teams walking on a track from 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, to 7 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 7. Walkers raised money — through pledges, find-raising events and other activities — to be donated to the American Cancer Society.

A highlight of the event was a tribute to cancer survivors.

“We hosted over 40 (cancer) survivors on the night of relay,” Johnson said. “They kicked off our event with a Survivor Lap and then they had the opportunity to honor a Caregiver with a Survivor/Caregiver Lap.”

Corporate sponsors included Crown Point Telephone Company, Ticonderoga Federal Credit Union, The H Team of Burlington and Avery Energy.

Sponsors donating equipment or services included Geraw’s OK Septic Services, DJ Moe, Mountain Lake Services the Essex County Sheriff’s Department, the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce and D&G Canopy Company of Crown Point.

One team, the Rockin’ Oldies captained by Marlene Gadway, raised more than $5,500 and earned Gold Club status.

Crown Point Telephone Company, captained by Shana Macey, raised more than $3,500 and earned Silver Club recognition.

Bronze Club honors for raising more than $2500 went to Crown Point Connections, captained by James Johnson, and Panthers for a Cure, captained by Michaela Comes

Nine teams reached the Rising Star level, meaning they raised more than $1,000.

The Crown Point Relay for Life had a DJ providing music throughout the night along with a series of activities for participants and spectators.

Teams were encouraged to bring tents and camp at the site.

“The event was a great success and we are excited to get started on next year’s event,” Johnson said. “If anyone is interested on serving on the event committee or a lesser role of a sub committee, please let us know. Planning will begin shortly after the New Year.”

Interested people can contact Johnson at 597-9339 or jjadj@bluemoo.net or Pertak at 216-4111 or cpertak@yahoo.com

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