Morton said Monday, June 19, that the event raised nearly $30,000 to aid the American Cancer Society's research and support programs. She has high hopes for next year's event.
"I want to at least top what we did the year before last" when the event raised about $50,000, she said.
"We need more people," she said. "I'm going to start early this year."
One memorable moment during the event came when her daughter-in-law, Jennifer Rucker of Blue Springs, won the quilt that was raffled off.
"She got me on stage and presented it to me," Morton said.
Two new features of the event -- a quiltathon and an auction -- got off to good starts, she said.
The quiltathon, sponsored by the Country Patchwork Quilt Guild, raised $770 selling quilt blocks, though not enough blocks were sold to finish any one of the four quilts the group started building.
Work on the quilts will continue, she said.
"We will keep plugging along," she said. "We will get them finished one way or another."
The money raised by the quiltathon during the Relay for Life will go to the American Cancer Society, but money raised from now on will go to the Fitzgibbon Hospital's efforts to raise enough money to build a cancer center, according to Lenz.
The auction consisted mostly of items from Morton's gift shop, which she closed recently, but she said several teams contributed items as well. The auction raised nearly $500.
The queen contest was smaller this year, with three contestants compared to 11 last year, but Morton said the event was perhaps even more entertaining.
"They were hilarious," she said. "They each had different personalities."
The relay was cut short because severe weather appeared to be heading toward Marshall, Morton said. The event was scheduled to conclude at 6 a.m. Saturday, June 17, but was stopped at about 1:30 a.m., she said.
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