For the 20th annual Forest Lake Relay For Life, the goal was to raise $120,000. Instead, the 21 teams, totaling 212 participants, raised $137,000 for the American Cancer Society.
Three teams have participated in all 20 Relay For Life events held in Forest Lake. Donna Mathias has been a registered team member at all 20 Relays.
Also recognized for outstanding service was Cathy Osterbauer, who organized two survivor walks before the first Forest Lake Relay for Life, and then was instrumental in getting Relay started here.
Top individual fundraisers were, in the adult division, Mathias of Cancer Curesaders, Virginia Spiegel of Cool Runnings 2, Shelly Bruno of Teamvantage, Connine Irlbeck of Surf’ivors and Dan Waxlax of Team Visor. In the youth division, the top earners were Collin Hackl of Linda’s Lou Lou’s, McKenna Andrews of Team Visor, Kailey Arnold of Too Inspired to be Tired, Zoe, Sebastian and Ani Hoiland of Judi’s Jubilee and Keeley Gray of Wendy’s Warriors.
From a July 27 benefit, which drew 100 people, Masquers Theatre presented a check for $1,400.
Many other businesses sponsored teams and donated to team members.