Hudson Relay For Life raises $220,000
The participants in the sixth annual Hudson Relay For Life raised $220,161 for the American Cancer Society last weekend.
While the amount did not meet the event's goal of $266,000, the event will continuing to rank as one of the most successful relays in the region according to Jeremy Braun of ACS.
Braun who has worked with the Hudson committee for two years, said this event along with the New Richmond Relay For Life this weekend, consistently make St. Croix County one of the most successful for fundraising in the Midwest region of country.
Braun said 66 teams participated which is about 10 less teams than last year but the fundraising by each team was up from last year.
The top three fundraising teams were:
Braun had high praise for the Hudson Relay for Life committee and this year's co-chairmen Mike Yell and Terri McDaniel. "This is an incredibly capable bunch of people. They all know what they are doing and don't need much direction from us at this point. We're (ACS) more of a resource for them but they are the ones who really get the job done. Mike and Terri did a fantastic job this year with the support of a really wonderful group of volunteers," said Braun.
Braun said the community should also be very proud of the success the event has had over the years. "I work with several communities and Hudson's is a great relay. The teams are so into it and they come from throughout community. It is a credit to everybody involved."
In addition to the money raised by teams, there were several events held throughout the relay that also brought in funds.
Along with Yell and McDaniel, the 2005 Hudson Relay For Life committee included Karen Humphrey, Mike Humphrey, Stephanie Tolzman, Kathy Lindsrom, Ben Morgan, Katrina Lindstrom, Sheri Yonash, Barb Kinney, Kathi O'Connell, Stephanie Ousdigian, Ruth Peterson, John and Evy Nerbonne, Keri Kennedy, Melissa Hardman, Petty Feron, Dave Bourdeau, Judi Schmitt, Jodi Colbeth, Mike Jilek and Wanda Wells.
This year's honorary chairmen were cancer survivors Michelle Thompson and Ron Troyer.