Organizers report another successful weekend event, with relay walkers toughing out 90-degree heat.

PHOTO BY BILL VOLLMER - Cancer survivors take the first lap around the Jefferson County Fairgrounds Saturday at the Relay For Life event.Jefferson County Relay For Life organizers reported that a total of $88,486 in funds were turned in during last Saturday and Sunday's fundraiser to fight cancer.

"Our goal was $65,000, and we still have about $3,000 to come in from the silent auction and about $2,000 from sponsorships, so I would not be surprised if we reached $85,000 this year," said Shari Durgan, event co-chairman, adding, "Teri Drew did another great year with the silent auction, which brought in over $21,000." 

The top three fundraising teams were: Warm Springs Gaming Enterprises, with $12,323, Mendenhall Crusaders, with $10,901, and Team of All Trades, with $7,404.

The top three individual fundraisers were: Kathy Miles, $4,120 (Kathy is from Lakeview and is Alice Satterlee's sister), Margee O'Brien, $2,891, and Alice Satterlee, $2,500.

The theme this year was "Pirates of the Cure-ibbean," and most of the teams wore pirate costumes and decorated their campsites into the pirate theme.

"This is the first year that it has been very hard to decide on the winners of best theme-dressed team and best decorated campsite because all of the teams did a great job," Durgan said.

The temperatures for the July 14-15 walking event were very hot, with a heat advisory issued, but Durgan said there were several people who walked over 20 miles, a few over 30 miles, and one or two who walked 35 miles.

This year's Relay's honorees included, "Survivor" Karen Jamison, from Crooked River Ranch, who is a 20-year cancer survivor. Bob Zachary was the "In Memory of Honoree," and his wife Patty, and some of their family spoke for the Luminaria Ceremony.

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