Starke County Relay For Life Event Raised More Than $58,000

Erica Taylor Joseph, Jaxon Joseph, and Macie Keppler were members of the Hawg Wild DJs team.

The Starke County Relay for Life held over the weekend was a success! Relay for Life Coordinator Megan Hamand gave the results figure at the end of the event Saturday morning.

“We raised $58,445 this year, which is amazing. I couldn’t believe it when we hit $52,000 last year, but our 44 teams were determined to beat last year’s total and we did,” Hamand said.

The “Hawg Wild DJs” team was unofficially named the top fundraiser, and team member Ericka Taylor Joseph explained some of her team’s fund raising methods.

“We usually have several fund raisers. We had a Purses for a Purpose fundraiser and a pork fundraiser. Our team is large, and everyone pitches in and raises its $100 personal goal,” Joseph explained.

Joseph explained that there is one thing in particular that all the team members have in common.

“Actually, everyone on the team has lost someone to cancer. I lost my father Tommy D. Taylor to cancer ten years ago,” Joseph observed.

Hamand thanked everyone who made the event a huge success, and she says planning is already underway for the 2013 relay.