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Cold, wet weather cuts Relay for Life event short
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Participants in Friday's Relay for Life event at the Kiwanis Ogeechee Fairgrounds make their way past colorful-but-soggy luminaries. - photo by SCOTT BRYANT/staff

How to help
To donate or find out more information, visit the Bulloch County Relay for Life website at http://bit.ly/12cayvj.
Contact Robin Peeples, the community manager for Bulloch County's Relay for Life, at robin.peeples@cancer.org or (912) 764-7410.

Organizers called an early end to the 20th Annual Bulloch County Relay for Life event Friday night, but fundraising won’t end for several more months.
    Wet, chilly weather put a damper on the overnight fund raising celebration, but participants still raised $7,000 that night, event community manager Robin Peeples said.
    Added to the approximate $85,000 previously collected by Bulloch County teams to help fund cancer research and increase awareness of the disease,  the amount is close to $92,000.
    While the goal of $157,000 might not be reached by Aug. 31, it could be close, Peeples said.
    Compared to events in the past, the crowd Friday night at the Kiwanis Ogeechee Fairgrounds was sparse because of the rain. People huddled underneath tents or walked in raincoats and under umbrellas.
    Thousands of luminaries outlining the track, made from white paper bags decorated by area children, were never lit and lay soaked and soggy.
    “That was a major disappointment for us,” Peeples said.
    This year was the first that children from local elementary schools, churches and other groups decorated the luminaries, and event volunteers had looked forward to lighting them, she said.
    As the weather worsened Friday, participants dwindled and only 10 teams were left as midnight approached.
    “We just called it early,” Peeples said. “It was too rainy and too cold.”

    Holli Deal Bragg may be reached at (912) 489-9414.

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