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Relay for Life of Yellowstone aims to raise a half a million dollars during a pandemic; Relay officials talk numbers

Posted at 11:00 AM, Jul 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-11 14:39:48-04

With so much uncertainty during the coronavirus pandemic, 2020 has been a challenge for many non-profits nationwide. But, that isn’t stopping Relay for Life of Yellowstone from setting a big goal of raising a half a million dollars this year. The organization’s July 10th socially safe Street Edition and Luminaria cruise is the culmination of months of work, all with the goal of funding cancer research and supporting local survivors. Survivor programs include the Road to Recovery, which provides rides to and from treatment, a free real hair wigs program and the Look Good Feel Better program.

Funding for Relay for Life of Yellowstone comes from individuals and businesses in the form of individual donations, team fundraising activities and business sponsorships. The non-profit organization has seen huge community support despite the pandemic.

“We typically rank in the top 10 worldwide for fundraising efforts. This year has been very different, but we hope to meet our goal, says Relay for Life of Yellowstone Event Co-Chair Lori Helmey. “ Some businesses have not been able to sponsor due to lost revenue during the pandemic, but many businesses, teams and individuals are stepping up to support relay and the American Cancer Society regardless and we are so thankful.”

In 2019, Relay for Life of Yellowstone ranked 6th worldwide in the Spirit of Relay awards for funds raised per capita, with $606,000 + raised. Relay organizers credit individuals who raise $10,000 or more, teams that raise $40,000, generous sponsors and every single donation whether it is one dollar, 10 dollars or a hundred dollars.

If you would like to make a donation, there are three drive through donation opportunities during the 2020 relay event. The first two are from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in two separate locations: the big parking lot on 24th Street West and Broadwater (Well Pared & Summer Snow parking lot) and the Wells Fargo area in the heights off of Main Street and Logan Avenue. The third drive through donation opportunity runs from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. in the West High parking lot. Finally, anyone can help fund cancer research and support local survivor programs anytime via www.yellowstonerelay.org.

Relay accounting volunteers are set to have the numbers tallied up by 11:00 p.m.. Check right back here on www.ktvq.com for the big announcement.