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Relay events raise money, awareness

Local coordinators said the Relay for Life events, held on Saturday in Gloucester and Mathews, were quite successful, raising about $150,000 combined for the American Cancer Society.

In Gloucester, event chairman Melissa Edwards said Tuesday that $105,000 of the $125,000 goal had been raised, with more funds expected to come in before the Aug. 31 wrap-up date.

The Relay, held at Gloucester High School, included a lot of fun activities, Edwards said, as well as a number of last-minute fundraising events. Highlights included a performance by David Wayne and Union Ridge, a luminary ceremony, and many participants "doing Zumba at 4 a.m.," she said.

The Gloucester Relay began at 5 p.m. Saturday and ended at 6 a.m. Sunday. "Sixteen teams stayed all night," Edwards said, compared to only two teams that stayed all night last year. A total of 39 teams participated, with the Cancer Rockers raising the most money of any team.

In Mathews, the Relay began with a flag-r...

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