MAHOPAC, N.Y. - The 19th annual Mahopac Relay for Life ended in extraordinary fashion on Saturday as the event’s community leader, Tracey Walsh, said the American Cancer Society fundraiser amassed more than $215,000 so far and will likely reach its $250,000 goal by Aug. 31.
The event, held at Mahopac High School’s athletic fields, bring cancer survivors, their families, and caregivers together for 12 hours to pay tribute to those they’ve lost and raise money for the charity. Teams and individuals walk laps around the track, luminaria are lit in tribute of those we’ve lost, and other fundraisers are held simultaneously that include raffles, auctions and T-shirt sales.
This year’s event was dedicated to the caregivers.
“It’s our 19th year and we decided that we were going to celebrate the caregiver, “Walsh said. “So many survivors have told us that the caregivers are the unsung heroes.”
This year’s event was held in memory of Karen Butterfield, who chaired the Relay’s caregiver committee until she passed away earlier this year.
Nicole Stern and her team led the fundraising this year, garnering approximately $50,000. Walsh also had praise for Gold’s Gym, which has been a Relay participant since it began in Mahopac 19 years ago and raised $5,000 this year.
“I am so grateful to everyone on the planning committee, the team captains, the town and the county,” Walsh said. “I thank the school district for hosting. Relay always brings out the best in Mahopac.
In nearly two decades, Mahopac’s Relay for Life has raised nearly $5 million.