By Kitsey Burns Harrison
Organizers said the annual Relay for Life vendor fair was a great success.
“This is our biggest ever,” said Allison Reeves. “The place is absolutely full.”
The vendor fair is a great way, not only to raise money for a good cause, but it gives area residents a chance to get some holiday shopping done early.
The fair this year featured 32 vendors. The vendors pay a fee which goes toward the fundraising total for the Yadkin County Relay for Life, the signature fundraising event for the American Cancer Society.
“This is our third vendor fair and we’re really excited for the turnout,” said David Cox. “All those donations from the vendors spots are going to help Relay. We’re seeing a really nice crowd today. We grow every year.”
Area Relayers have been working hard to promote their fundraising events through local news media and social media. The actual Relay event takes place in the spring, but volunteers work all throughout the year to raise funds which will go toward cancer research and programming.
Reeves said the goal for this year is $100,000.
“We have been over $100,000 a few years ago and our goal is to hit the $100,000 mark again.”
Reeves said based on numbers so far they were already tracking ahead of last year.
Much of the success of Yadkin Relay is due to the hard work of dedicated volunteers who spend so much of their time supporting the fundraising efforts.
Judith Anderson, a vendor participating for the second time at the fair, praised the event and the work done by the volunteers.
“It’s very special to all of us,” Anderson said. “These girls are so special and they work so hard to put it on and it’s very well organized.”
For Christi Matthews, one of the primary organizers for the vendor fair, it is a labor of love.
“It means a lot,” Matthews said. “My mom was a breast cancer survivor, she died almost six years ago with bone cancer so it’s very close to my heart. This to me, is a way to get the community together, get everybody involved, have a good day and raise money for cancer.”
Cox encouraged area residents to keep an eye out in the newspaper and on social media for updates on upcoming Relay events. Cox and Reeves said they are always looking for new teams, new volunteers and sponsors. For information on becoming a sponsor, starting or joining a team, contact Allison Reeves at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 336-428-1410.
Kitsey Burns Harrison may be reached at 336-679-2341 or on Twitter @RippleReporterK.