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Relay for life exceeds goals
Button Gwinnett Elementary School placed first in this year’s Relay for Life for raising the most money in the non-profit category. - photo by Photo by Greg Kurth, A&G Productions
Liberty County’s Relay for Life has proven to be a huge success, with more than $163,000 in donations being raised for the American Cancer Society, according to organizers.
This year’s goal was $100,000.
The relay kicked off Friday night and wrapped up Saturday morning.
Relay Chairman Brian Carter credited the “overwhelming support and teamwork by so many volunteers and committee members” for the event’s success.
He noted a few teams are still turning in money.
“I would like to thank the board of education for allowing us to use Frank Long  Long Elementary again this year, and I especially would like to thank their principal, Scott Carrier,” Carter said. “Scott has been so great to work with and has helped a lot to make sure we had a successful event.
“I would like to thank everyone that came out Friday and Saturday to support the relay and all the teams; and also, a thank you for the JROTC, Hinesville Police Department and the Youth Challenge Academy.
“Above all I know I have told them time and time again, but this year’s relay would not have been such a big success without the great team of committee members we had. So to them again, I thank you,” he said.
In addition to monetary donations, relay teams also contributed a lot of spirit during the event by decorating campsites and participating in several events.
Winners include:

1st place, business: HABR
1st place, non-profit: Lyman Hall Elementary
2nd place, business: The Heritage Bank  
2nd place, non-profit: Delta Sigma Theta
3rd place, business: SNF, Inc.  
3rd place, non-profit: St. Stephens Catholic Church
Most money raised
1st place, business: SNF, Inc.
1st place, non-profit: Button Gwinnett Elementary
2nd place, business: The Heritage Bank  
2nd place, non-profit: Midway United Methodist Church
3rd place, business: Coastal Electric  
3rd place, non-profit: First Zion Baptist Church
Spirit of Relay
Business-SNF, Inc.
Non-profit: Island Rhythm
Relay Idol Contest
Summer Burger from Button Gwinnett
There was no Relay Gourmet this year.
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