FSU Raises Over $37,000 in its 2016 Relay for Life Fundraiser

Over 400 participants attended Frostburg State University’s annual Relay for Life fundraiser on April 29, when at least $37,244 were raised to help raise awareness and find a cure for cancer.

The American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life Fundraisers have been a staple in the Frostburg community for 15 years now. Each April, members of the Frostburg community gather to help raise money and awareness for the fight against cancer through activities such as the Luminaria Ceremony and relay laps honoring cancer survivors and caregivers.

This year’s Relay for Life was themed around classic Disney films. Banners and nicknames alike paid tribute to “Toy Story,” “Monsters Inc.,” and “The Incredibles.” FSU’s Relay for Life was especially varied this year with several activities for participants ranging from a Lip Syncing competitions to even a Mechanical Bull exhibit.

The event was a success with 411 participants raising at least $37,244 despite the event being moved to the Cordts Physical Education Center due to uncertain weather. This year’s Relay for Life was able to raise $6,000 more than last year’s event with nearly 200 fewer participants than last year.

Of the 45 teams present at the fundraiser, Greek sorority Alpha Sigma Tau raised the most during the event with $6,407.94. Alpha Sigma Tau also earned a $1,000 sponsorship prior to the event for raising the most money for the event between April 14 and the 28.

Other top fundraising teams include Alpha Phi Omega at $5,049.77, Alpha Sigma Alpha at $3,978.02 and the What’s Up Docs (Pre-Professional Medical Society) at $2,571.38.

While Greek and Student Organizations made up most of the total earnings for the event, highly charitable individuals played a large role in making this year event successful as well. Top donating participants include Daniel Rascovar at $1,300, Melanie Campbell at $1,055 and Mary Mumper at $1,019.

Although the fundraising event ended Saturday morning, donations will be still accepted until Aug. 31. Relay for Life is seeking a stretch goal of 50,000 this year. To help contribute, visit http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR/RelayForLife/RFLCY16SA?pg=entry&fr_id=71297. Braddock House also takes donations for Relay for Life, their address is 20 Braddock Rd, in Frostburg.

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