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Shepherd's Relay for Life raises $74,000

ISSUED: 5 April 2012
MEDIA CONTACT: Valerie Owens
(Shepherd's Relay for Life raises $74,000)

Shepherdstown, WV--Shepherd University hosted the 10th annual Relay for Life on Friday, March 30. To date, Shepherd has raised $74,000 of their $80,000 goal, which event organizer Holly Frye, assistant vice president for student affairs (community engagement), says she is determined to raise by the August 1 deadline.

Shepherd president Dr. Suzanne Shipley received the South Atlantic Region 2011 Relay for Life Collegiate President of the Year award, and Frye, was recognized for 10 years of leadership by the American Cancer Society.

"I never would have dreamed 10 years ago after raising $5,000 with 50 people that we would have raised $500,000 10 years later," Frye said. "I'm always amazed at the number of community members and alumni that come back. It's awesome."

Marshall Moneymaker, of For 3 Sisters, spoke at the Fight Back Ceremony and had a special dance with Frye.

This year there were 958 participants and 69 teams. This year's top fundraising teams were Hope Riders, who raised $8,778; the women's soccer team, who raised $3,993; and Sigma Alpha Iota Winchester Alumnae, who raised $3,727.

Top participants included Anne Miller, who raised $2,313; Nancy Strite, $2,242; and Carol Boyd, $1,160.

This year's sponsors include Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races, Fargo Insurance Group, Pepsi, Prettyman Broadcasting, Shepherd University Dining Services, Shepherd University Wellness Center, and River and Trail Outfitters.

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Julio Ferreris, event chair for this year's Relay for Life and Shepherd President Suzanne Shipley cut the ribbon at this year's Relay for Life.

Holly Frye, assistant vice president of student affairs (community engagement) addresses her committee members after receiving a leadership award from Barbara Henry, community manager for the American Cancer Society this year's Relay for Life.

For the first time in the history of the event, Relay for Life was held indoors at Shepherd's Wellness Center.

More photos can be viewed on our Flickr page.

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