Relay successful despite weather

PARKERSBURG — Saturday wrapped up the celebrations for the Relays for Life in Wood and Washington counties, with events exceeding their fundraiser goals.

Washington County’s 50 teams walked their last lap at 9:40 a.m. Saturday, with one final performance from the band High Schools That Rock.

“Each team did really well and I am so proud of everyone’s effort,” said Tracy Barnhouse, community development manager with the American Cancer Society.

Washington County beat its goal of $105,000, reaching $115,004. Barnhouse said she was proud that they not only hit goal but far surpassed it.

“In the past few years we haven’t hit goal, so this is very exciting,” she said.

During the closing ceremonies, a thank you and congratulations went to Brandon Cline,12, of Warren Middle School, who was the T-shirt design winner.

“Thank you to everyone, for your creative ideas and your hard work,” said Barnhouse.

While the Washington County Relay at Civitan Park in Belpre went on as originally scheduled, the Wood County Relay at City Park was delayed by weather concerns Friday night so that it kicked off Saturday morning and ran through the day, culminating at 9 p.m. with the closing ceremony.

Carmen Hathaway, senior community development manager with the ACS, said she was really impressed with the turnout for Saturday’s event at City Park in Parkersburg.

“I am so proud of our community support, being as our plans had to be postponed,” she said.

The final count for money raised was not available before the closing ceremony Saturday evening, but Hathaway said they had already exceeded their goal of $76,900.