MAHOPAC, N.Y. - Mother Nature cooperated and sunny skies greeted participants in Mahopac’s 20th annual Relay For Life on Saturday—the annual major fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. 

According to the event’s community manager, Tracey Walsh, the fundraiser reached its goal of $250,000, bringing the total funds raised to $4.75 million over its 20-year period.

The opening ceremony kicked off at 11:30 a.m. and the event finally ended more than 12 hours later, at midnight. Throughout the day were a range of activities for young and old, including a silent auction, live music and a DJ, a magician, face painting, sand art, dance performances and plenty of food and beverages.

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The Relay For Life movement unites communities the world over to celebrate those who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost and take action to finish the fight. Cancer survivors and family members of those who lost the battle march in tribute around the high school track along with teams which work together to raise money for the cause. The climatic moment is the lighting of the luminaria, candles inside paper bags, each dedicated to someone who has died.

“For 20 years, the Relay For Life of Mahopac has united our community in the fight against cancer. We have gathered on this track each year, rain or shine, to celebrate people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and to raise the funds that will find the cures for all cancers,” Walsh said. “Together we have raised more than $4,500,000. This is a beautiful, huge number that every one of us should be proud of. Relay brings out the best in each one of us, and reminds us that when we work together, we are stronger than cancer. We are amazing. We are the Relay For Life of Mahopac.”