DADE CITY — The Dade City Relay For Life raised $50,000 Saturday to help fund research for a cure for cancer and to raise cancer awareness as 32 relay teams kept the track around the Historic Dade City Courthouse occupied from Saturday afternoon until Sunday morning.
Lizzy Mead of Relay For Life for Zephyrhills said the relay raised $50,000 during the American Cancer Society signature event. The Travelers Rest RV Resort and Golf Course team holds the team fundraising lead with $5,720. However, the Wal-Mart team is expected to exceed that amount when all the money is collected, Mead said.
Donations will be accepted until Aug. 30.
“I think it was absolutely amazing,” Mead said. “It had a great feeling of community at the relay, and several parts of the community were there. We had an incredible committee that worked tirelessly on making an extraordinary event.”
This was the first year that the former San Antonio Relay and the Dade City Relay merged, Mead said.
Local performers donated their time to entertain at the main stage near Meridian Avenue and Seventh Street. A variety of events and themed laps representing American Cancer Society programs were held.
On Sunday morning, Tim Linville, formerly of Zephyr Egg in Zephyrhills, prepared breakfast for about 40 people who spent the evening at the relay.
At Relay for Life, groups typically camp out overnight and take turns walking or running around a track or path at a local high school, park or fairground. Each team is asked to have at least one participant on the track at all times.