Relay for Life event featured first-ever scavenger hunt around Woodburn as well as Taste of Relay

COURTESY PHOTO: DON JUDSON - The winning team, 'Good Neighbors' from Justin Stearns State Farm Agency, included (from left) Jovani Natividad Canseco, Carina Mendoza Camarena, Gricelda Giron and Justin Stearns. More than 1,000 personal visits were made to 77 sponsor locations and other destinations in the first ever Woodburn Relay for Life Scavenger Hunt from Saturday, June 30 through Tuesday, July 3.

The scavenger hunt resulted in 367 Instagram and Facebook posts, 25 meals consumed, three gas fill-ups and one car washed.

"While we would have liked even more hunt participants," said Relay co-chair Rhonda Judson, "those who participated had a great time as evidenced by their humorous photos. So far we've also received good feedback from our generous sponsors who appreciated the effort to bring potential customers to their businesses."

The winning team for the scavenger hunt was the "Good Neighbors" from Justin Stearns State Farm Agency. Second place went to the Woodburn United Methodist Church team, and third place was Just Juan More Lap Minions.

Each member of the winning teams got a choice of: a Relay For Life bag, complete set of Indiana Jones DVDs from Wallace Video, a large Papa Murphy's pizza and a silver Relay for Life picture frame; a Woodburn Premium Outlet bag, $50 in gift cards and a silver Relay for Life picture frame; or a Relay For Life bag, choice of essential power tools from Do It Best Corp., gift certificate for Orchards Grill and a silver Relay for Life picture frame.

On June 30, more than 200 people attended the celebration to honor survivors and caregivers held at Legacy Woodburn Health Center. Eight area restaurants — Chu's Eatery, Don Pan Bakery, El Agave Grill, Loco Ono, Orchards Grill at OGA Golf Course, Panera Bread, Sin-able Sweets and Wooden Shoe Vineyards — sponsored a "Taste of Relay," promoting their cuisine and nearly running out of food. Sheba Dawn and her Picks and Sticks entertained during dinner and the silent auction, and Do It Best sponsored a cornhole contest with lots of prizes. After an inspirational presentation by Pastors Will and Sharla Robertson, of Woodburn Fellowship Church of the Nazarene, the evening concluded with the luminaria ceremony.

The current total amount raised is $55,096.68, but organizers say more is rolling in.

The Woodburn Relay Committee will meet later this month to review and assess the results and determine a direction for next year's event.

Anyone with comments or feedback on this year's changes can contact Rhonda Judson at 503-982-8617 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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