Volunteers raise the bar on Relay for Life
This year's De Soto Relay for Life appears to have set a new standard.
The mainstays of Doc & Brutie's, De Soto School District, De Soto Fire Department, Pioneer 4-H Club and Boy Scout Troop 54 were back at the De Soto district athletic complex for a fourth year.
But Jodi Hitchcock, co-chairman of this year's Relay for Life committee with Chris Endicott, said a number of other local businesses or organizations joined them as corporate sponsors, service providers or relay teams and helped take the event to a new level.
"It picked up this year," she said. "We had more teams involved. We had more teams stay throughout the night."
Most important, the event raised more money for cancer research and support to those struggling with the disease.
"We've already netted our goal of $15,000," Hitchcock said. "That's more than in the past. We have some expenses to pay to the American Cancer Society, but we still have some money to come in."
Feared problems from construction on the Lexington Trails Middle School parking lot failed to materialize. Golf carts provided by Oak Country Golf Course and Evening Star Enterprises shuttled people from the De Soto High School parking lot to the high school track.
Even Mother Nature cooperated in making the night special.
"The weather couldn't have been nicer," Hitchcock said. "It was the first time we had luminaries that stayed lit for hours."