More than 300 people from Mercersburg and surrounding areas participated in the Relay For Life of Mercersburg on February 17. The event took place in the Hale Field House on campus and raised close to $30,000 for the American Cancer Society.
The money raised came from online fundraising, corporate sponsorships, and day-of-event sales and donations, plus $5,500 in in-kind donations. (View a video of photos from the event.
The event was organized by co-chairs Linda Hargrove (Mercersburg Academy’s community-relations liaison), Barb Hornbaker (Mercersburg Hair Studio), Stacey Keyser (Choice Collision), Cherry Laye (Orrstown Bank), and Kayla Statler (Summit Health). James Buchanan High School’s National Honor Society helped with the food station, reception, and T-shirt distribution, while the Academy’s Community Engagement team helped to decorate the Hale Field House in the theme of the popular board game “Candy Land.” The class also helped with the basket raffle and making sure the music and technology functioned properly.
The event began at 1 p.m., when 22 teams met for the opening ceremony and the Academy’s school minister, Rev. Will Whitmore, gave an opening prayer. Several speakers then shared their personal stories of fighting and surviving cancer.
Many activities kept the Relay moving throughout the day, including a Zumba and Pound class, games for children, and the luminary ceremony—which is a Relay For Life tradition. The lights are turned down and the crowd settles in and listens to speakers who have lost a family member or friend to cancer. A list of names is read of people in our community who lost their lives to cancer and those who are fighting cancer.
Thank you to all of the teams that participated in the event: #JacklinSTRONG, Clevenger’s Pit Crew, Houcky’s Goobers, Breathe In Breathe Out, DL Martin Blue Machine and the Roaring Lioness, Team TSD, St. Stephens Lutheran Church, Super Seniors, Pura Vida, Keep the Faith, One North Battling Baristas, Orrstown Bank, Alpha’s, Lexi’s Lifesavers, Food Lion, The White Trackers – Walking for the Glory of God, Dudley’s Does, the Blue and Pink, the JBHS International Exchange Club, STORMon3, and the Marshall Outlaws.
And thank you to our local businesses that contributed more than $5,000 in cash and $5,000 in-kind donations: Whitetail Resort, Orrstown Bank, Mercersburg Journal, DL Martin, Epiroc, Liberty Auto and Tire, SAGE Dining Services, Mercersburg Moose Lodge #1790, One North Coffee and Bake Shop, Mercersburg Rotary Club, The Lioness Club, The Lions Club, Choice Collision, Fast Ink Printing, Food Lion, Mercersburg Printing, Smith’s Implements, Inc., Stoners on the Square, Hijos Hill Inc., Agronomy, First United Methodist Church, and Two Top Ruritan.