Diane Wood, co-chair for the 2011 Howard-Glasscock Relay for Life, addresses the crowd during the event's kickoff reception Tuesday night at First Baptist Church. (HERALD photo/Steve Reagan)
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 â€” Wood said next year's goal is $195,000.