2011 Relay for Life goal set at $195,000

The Howard-Glasscock Relay For Life has been exceeding expectations for years.Now, if it can only avoid foul weather.Relay For Life, a highly successful fund-raiser for the American Cancer Society, will hold its 2011 event a week earlier than normal in hopes of avoiding rainy weather that has plagued the event in recent years, it was announced during a Tuesday night kickoff reception.The 2011 RFL will be held May 6 and 7 at Blankenship Field, said Vickie Stewart and Diane Wood, co-chairs for the event.Rainy weather has either shortened or washed out the local RFL several times in the past few years, although the event continues to be a rousing success, ACS officials said.Brett Barnes, community manager for ACS, said the 2010 Howard-Glasscock RFL raised $182,105, which was the largest amount raised per capita by any Relay event held in the seven-state region and seventh-most per capita in the United States.Because of that success, local organizers are setting their sights high in 2011 — Wood said next year's goal is $195,000.