Through the efforts of 77 teams, the Ninth Annual Orange County Relay surpassed its target goal of raising $122,000 and cleared $175,000 following the overnight event held May 2 and 3 at Bridge City High School.
The announcement was made at the “SuperHeroes Conquer Cancer” Relay Wrap-Up party held at the Bridge City Community Center recently.
Event Tri-chairman Kent Broussard said that during last year’s 2007 Relay 42 teams participated. The goal for 2008’s Relay was set for 47 teams and that number was thoroughly surpassed with 77 teams participating in the Orange County Relay.
“It’s because of our efforts in supporting the American Cancer Society that we can make difference,” he said.
Through the ACS’s signature event, survivors, caregivers, and others are able to celebrate success over cancer, remember those that have lost their lives to the disease, and fight back.
2008 Orange County Relay for Life Awards were presented to:
Trace’s Trailwalkers #1 was named the Super Team of the event for raising $13,722.
Other Super Awards were to:
·     Super Church – St. Maurice Catholic Church, $1860.00
·     Super Community – Bayou Biddies and Babes, $4693.96
·     Super School – Bobcats for a Cure, $10,597
·     Super Business – Bridge City Bank, $4203
·     Super Youth Team – Orangefield National Honor Society #1, $2971
Members of Trace’s Trailwalkers were presented Individual top fundraising awards. Tommie Grant was named the top female fundraiser. Jamey Grant was named the top male fundraiser.

Danny Grant was named the top on-line fundraiser.

Christy Khoury, a member of Bayou Biddies and Babes, was presented an award for receiving the on-line donation from the farthest distance away. Her donation came from Riverton, Wyoming.
Awards were also presented to $1000+ Fundraisers. These individuals from various teams are: Jordan Brooks, Nan Cooper, Sharlet Courmier, Becky Grant, Danny Grant, Jamey Grant, Tommie Grant, Josie Nimitz, Dottie Perry, Vickie Porter, Tim Shannon.
Additional Awards were presented to:
·     Outstanding New Team – Sims Sassy Sisters
·     Relay Contributions – Orangefield High School National Honor Society
·     Pip Squeak (smallest team)  – Little Cypress – Mauriceville High School
·     Cancer Education – Sims Sassy Sisters
·     Survivor Leader of the Pack – Necie Mumbach
·     Individual Spirit – Robin Wiegand
·     Team Spirit of Relay – Bobcat Student Council
·     Most Original Theme – St. Maurice Cancer Crusaders
·     Best Team Campsite – Trace’s Trailwalkers
·     Best T-Shirt – Bobcat Student Council
·     Big Foot Team Award – Bridge City Cross Country for running 205 miles during the 12 hour event.
Trace’s Trailwalkers #1 and Bobcats for a Cure were presented with Platinum Awards for having no more than 15 members on a team and raising a minimum of $10,000.
Silver Awards were presented to Bayou Biddies and Babes, Hatton’s Heroes #1, and Bobcat StuCo White and Orange Teams for raising a minimum of $3,000 and having no more than 15 members on a team.

Also earning Silver Awards were Bridge City Bank, Vidor Middle School , Martin Marvels, The Jordan League, Cubs for a Cure, Sims Sassy Sisters #2, Chevron Phillips, Bridge City Middle School Red and White Teams, and Orange Savings Bank.
Bronze Awards were presented to teams comprised of no more than 15 members who raised a minimum of $1500. They were Orangefield High School National Honor Society, Sims Sassy Sisters, Bosom Buddies, Orangefield NJHS, LCI Bear Tracks, Invista, LCJH Spirit Cubs, Tori’s Tribe Family, BCI Cardinals Kickn’ Cancer, The Jordan League #2, Super Friends, St. Maurice Cancer Crusaders, Heroes Among Us, Bridge City High School Student Council Steppin for Cure, Saints and Sinners, Sharlet’s Angels, and Tori’s Tribe Friends.
And earning Bronze Awards are Triumph Church , Heath’s Super Troopers, Super Friends, and You Got to Be Kiddin’.
Kent Broussard, Becky Grant, and Kerri Morrell were tri-chairman of the 2008 event. Other planning committee members were Cheryl Dupuy, Gayla Thompson, Beverly Perry, Patricia Lee, Misty Butler, Lorraine Shannon, Staci and Jason Waldrep, Stavey and Carol Ward, Elizabeth Wernig, Kristi Conn, David Teague, LaVonia Hughes, and Doug Himel.
Plans are already beginning for the 10th Annual Orange County Relay for Life which will be held May 1 and 2, 2009. The theme will be “Rocking to the ‘50’s: One Fine Day Will Find a Cure.”
The American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life represents the hope that those lost to cancer will never be forgotten, that those who face cancer will be supported, and that one day cancer will be eliminated.
INdividuals interested in participating as part of the 2009 Planning Committee should contact Becky Grant at 883-3563 or Jacki Burleson at 835-2139.