The participants in the Carthage Relay for Life, led by a team inspired by a long-time relayer and cancer survivor who died last year, exceeded by about 15 percent their goal for this year.
The Carthage Relay, one of many held in communities across the nation to raise money for the American Cancer Society, raised a grand total of $58,312.36 in the months leading up to their June 1 gathering in Carthage's Central Park.
Michael Lackey, a co-chair of the Carthage Relay planning committee, made the announcement at a Wrap-up dinner, held Wednesday at the Carthage Water and Electric Plant's Community Room.
A team of Leggett & Platt employees and family, called Libby's Liberators, led the way, raising $26,016 on its own.
Libby's Liberators were friends of Libby Peck, a long-time Relay for Life veteran who passed away last October.
Ted Easley, the local American Cancer Society representative who works with a number of Relay for Life committees in area communities, said the total raised by Libby's Liberators was the largest he's seen any one team in the more than 40 different Relay events he's helped put together.
“We'll have to wait and see, but that could be the highest fundraising total for one team in the entire region,” Easley said. “In my fundraising career, I've had one team cross the $20,000 threshold. To reach $25,000 is rarefied air.”
A total of 13 teams participated in the 2013 Relay for Life.
One other team, Team Mike, reached the Platinum level of fundraising with $8,103 collected.
Other team totals were The SMB Carthage team, which raised $4,028; Team McCloud, which raised $3,716, the Hometown Bank team, which raised $2,507; and eight other teams that raised between $500 and $2,400 each.
Top individual fundraisers were also honored. Susan McCoy raised $4,744.34; Crystal Jones collected $4,466.48 and LeRoy Peck, the widower of Libby Peck, raised $2,608.