Dorothy Lambert said last week the Relay For Life team “ABC 4 Maddy” would reach Relay’s Topaz level, raising $35,000 for cancer research.
Deb Buehrer, team cochair, said she kept thinking, “Well, I don’t know if we’re going to be able to do it.”
In the end, Lambert was right.
ABC 4 Maddy collected $35,563.85, more than enough to reach the Topaz level.
Relay For Life lasted 18 hours Friday and Saturday, June 7-8, at the Fulton County Fairgrounds.
Most of the money goes toward cancer research; a portion covers expenses.
Buehrer said the total goal was $160,000.
At noon on Saturday, Buehrer said relay officials said for the year, about $149,000 had been brought in, about $11,000 short of the goal.
However, Buehrer said money is still coming in. Relay teams have until August to contribute.
ABC 4 Maddy (“Archbold Blue Streaks Care For Maddy”) is named in honor of Madison “Maddy” Lambert, daughter of Russ and Dorothy, Archbold. Maddy died in January from leukemia.
Before the Relay event started, ABC 4 Maddy had set a fund-raising record, bringing in $27,000 and topping their old record of $25,000.
In addition to setting the fund-raising record, ABC 4 Maddy’s entry into the Miss Relay Competition, “Miss Royal Princess,” won.
“Miss” is a misnomer, as the contest features men dressed as women.
The ABC 4 Maddy entry was Royal Short, Archbold High School principal.
Buehrer said ABC 4 Maddy also won the “Midnight Munchies” competition, in which teams offer food, and the crowd votes on the best offering.
Buehrer said ABC 4 Maddy will begin fund-raising for 2014 in September, during the football season.–David Pugh