Event raises $13k for cancer research
by Rachel Davis
Apr 29, 2012 | 1417 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Sumiton Christian students dressed as characters from the television show “Saved By the Bell” during Friday’s East Walker Relay for Life in Sumiton. Photo by: Rachel Davis
Sumiton Christian students dressed as characters from the television show “Saved By the Bell” during Friday’s East Walker Relay for Life in Sumiton. Photo by: Rachel Davis
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SUMITON — East Walker County flashed back a few decades Friday night and raised more than $13,000 for the American Cancer Society with a 1980s-themed Relay for Life event.

The East Walker Relay for Life, held at the Sumiton Toy Bowl Field, was hailed a success by event chairperson Alison Washington.

“ This is my last year as chairman and I couldn’t be more grateful and humbled at the community for their support for finding a cure for cancer,” she said.

Alison said more than $13,000 had been collected as of Saturday morning, and she expected that total to continue to rise in the next few days.

“I still have some more money to pick up this coming week,” she said.

The ‘80s theme was designed to honor the first Relay for Life in 1985, Washington said. Groups decorated their tents with specific characters from the ‘80s, including Bevill State Community College with a “Footloose” theme and Sumiton Christian High School students dressing as characters from “Saved By the Bell.”

“It was a very fun night,” said Sara Beth Kimbrell, a Sumiton Christian student. “We raised the second most money ($1,600) behind Bevill State and we did our best to look like people from ‘Saved By the Bell.’”

The night also included a survivor’s reception at the Sumiton Community Center, which was catered by Lee’s Restaurant and featured guest speaker Rev. Dale Lawley of Sipsey Church of God. Walker Cancer Care sponsored the survivor’s reception.