Tonya Griffith, finance chairwoman for the 2008 Craig Relay For Life, reads off the money raised during the event during an August ceremony. The Relay won a Pacesetter Award and took third place in per capita fundraising for counties of its size in a 12-state region.

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Tonya Griffith, finance chairwoman for the 2008 Craig Relay For Life, reads off the money raised during the event during an August ceremony. The Relay won a Pacesetter Award and took third place in per capita fundraising for counties of its size in a 12-state region.

Relay for Life receives awards for goals

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At a glance

• Craig's second annual Relay For Life awarded Pacesetter Award at recent leadership summit.

• Award recognizes Relays that have met goals for fundraising and other components.

• Craig Relay also won third place in per capita fundraising for its county division in a 12-state region.

• Relay organizers accepting registration for 2009 Relay For Life.

• Online registration scheduled to be available in mid-October.

• To register or for more information, call Yvonne McAnally at 326-8346 or Elisa Hayes at 629-5919.

Upcoming Relay For Life events

• Nov. 1: Relay University in Grand Junction. Past team captains and event committee members are invited to attend. Participants will receive training from American Cancer Society staff and volunteers from other Relay teams in Great West Division. Training tailored to team captains also available.

• Teams and individuals invited to submit theme title for 2009 Craig Relay For Life. Themes should refer to the Relay's 25th anniversary. Entries will be accepted until early November.

• For more information about upcoming Relay For Life events, call Yvonne McAnally at 326-8346 or Elisa Hayes at 629-5919.

Relay For Life finished its second year in Craig with two awards and is gearing up to start its third.

Craig's Relay received the Pacesetter Award during a recent Relay For Life leadership summit in Reno, Nev., according to a news release from events co-chairwoman Elisa Hayes.

"It was quite an accomplishment" for the Relay's second year in Craig, said Yvonne McAnally, who co-chairs the events committee with Hayes.

The second annual event benefiting cancer research also was recognized for its per capita fundraising efforts. Moffat County ranked third of all counties in a 12-state region that contained 10,000 to 14,999 residents.

Striving for one award may have helped Moffat County secure the other.

"I believe that Craig was awarded third place for per capita for fundraising due to the Pacesetter Award," McAnally said.

The Pacesetter Award, which can be given to more than one Relay event in a region, measures how well a relay is meeting its long-term goals. Those goals can include team registration numbers and filling committee positions.

Qualifying for the award isn't a one-time effort.

"It literally goes all year round," McAnally said.

Relay participants also have to have a portion of their funds locked in before the event takes place.

Meeting fundraising goals hasn't been a problem for the Relay For Life in the two years it has been in Craig.

In 2007, Relay organizers aimed to raise about $25,000. But instead, the event raised $67,897 before expenses.

This year, the Relay's fundraising goal was $65,000. Again, the fundraising exceeded expectations, topping out at about $103,000.

With one Relay finished, McAnally and other event leaders are preparing for another.

Online registration for the 2009 Relay For Life is scheduled to become available by mid-October. Like last year, teams that register early will receive a discount, though the reduced cost of early registration has not yet been determined.

For more information about the 2009 Relay For Life or to register for the event, call Hayes at 629-5919 or McAnally at 326-8346.

Bridget Manley can be reached at 875-1795 or bmanley@craigdailypress.com

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