LEWISTOWN The theme of this year's Mifflin-Juniata Relay For Life was "Team up for the cure: Kicking cancer out of the park," and volunteers hit a home run with their fundraising efforts.
With a goal of $170,000, 38 preregistered teams and a few teams that signed up the day of the event at Kish Park raised $171,097.
"They really, really went all out this year," chairwoman Kim Rickert said.
Sentinel photo by MATT STRICKER
Alice Miller, of Lewistown, a 15-year survivor, receives a flower from Keegan Prendergast, 7, of Reedsville, during the Survivor Walk at the Mifflin County Relay For Life Saturday afternoon at Kish Park in Burnham.
Six teams raised more than $10,000, the Cajun Cuties coming in first with total funds of $18,676, with Team Moose, Walmart, Standard Steel Stompers, Belleville Blessings and Kish for a Cure falling into the category as well.
The Cajun Cuties, which is also the team that ran the "Purple Potty" fundraiser, received the "Most Team Spirit" recognition.
In line with the event theme, a home run derby was held this year. Children ages 8 through 12 participated.
"We had over 30 participants and raised $370 dollars," said Shannon Keller, who helped coordinate the event.
Ethan Eichorn earned the overall scorer award with 32 points.
The first-, second- and third-place winners in each age group were:
8 year olds: Xavier Smith; Landen Eichorn; Kamden Everly,
9 year olds: Noah Poorman; James Stringfellow; Brenna Dobson,
10 year olds: Dylan Zellers; Anson Wagner; Kyler Everly,
11 year olds: Ethan Eichorn; Brian Yetter; Cole Schlegel,
12 year olds: Shane Dippery; Noah Wright; Liv Ahern.
Submissions to the cake contest were judged on appearance only this year. Amber Schifano won in the children's category, while the adult award was taken by Leanne Marsh.
Several male Relayers donned their weekend finery on Saturday, dressing up like women and competing in a pageant consisting of an interview. After the pageant, the men had 30 minutes to walk around and collect as much money as they could. "Charlene", from Team Moose, lead that fundraising effort and earned his her? "Miss-ter Relay 2014" sash.
Best-decorated campsites were recognized in first, second and third places as follows:
Daytime Belleville Blessings; Kish for the Cure and Standard Steel Stompers tied for second place; and MCS Bank.
Nighttime Kish for the Cure; GE Inspection Technologies and Cajun Cuties.
There were 175 survivors who registered at the event, said Stephanie Prendergast, co-chairwoman of the event's survivor committee.
Rickert announced this was her last year as chairwoman of the event. Next year's Relay, to be held June 13 and 14, will be spearheaded by Deb Pallo and Sally Hoar.