Let the counting begin

Published 9:43 pm Thursday, April 23, 2009

Had you walked in on Bank Day activities at Clanton Church of Christ Thursday afternoon, you might have seen Kimberly Williams and Linda Hand give each other a double high-five.

Williams, team captain for Clanton First Baptist’s Relay for Life team, one of 57 teams in the county, was excited about the team breaking last year’s fundraising amount.

If you want to know that team’s fundraising total, or the grand total, sorry. You’ll have to wait for the announcement around midnight.

“Every year I’m truly amazed,” said Williams, also the associate state vice president for the American Cancer Society. “For a county of this size and the giving that takes place here, it’s amazing.”

The volunteers at Peachtree Bank paid $1 every Wednesday so they could wear blue jeans in memory of a beloved coworker, Barbara Morgan, and raised $948 from that effort alone.

“Barbara was a special person. She was my best friend,” team captain and 10-year cancer survivor Hilda Atchison said. “I thank everyone for being part of our effort.”

Maplesville Baptist raised $600 in quarter rolls collected from church members. The rolls featured pink strips with the words “Relay for Life.”

Relay co-chairperson Ann Glasscock reported that many teams had met or exceeded their goals. The countywide goal is $201,200.

“We feel confident we will make our goal,” she said. “Considering the economy, I think teams that have brought money in have been outstanding.”

Everyone is invited to the Relay, which will kick off at 6 p.m. at Clanton City Park’s football field and continue through Saturday morning. You don’t have to be in a team to participate.