Rector team raises $9,017
The third annual Relay for Life raised a total of $55,811.94 for cancer research.
Right in the forefront of the effort was the WRECK (Walking Rectorites Encouraging Cancer Knowledge) team, which was the top fund-raising group for the day with a total of $9,017.50.
The Relay was held Saturday at Heritage Park in Piggott, and the 16 teams scheduled a variety of fundraisers in the weeks preceding the big event.
"I think this event provides hope and and encouragement to those who are in this battle," said chairman Donna Seal, herself a cancer survivor.
A warm, sunny spring morning was ideal for the many cancer survivors participating in the survivors' walk and victory lap, sponsored by Hoggard and Sons Funeral Home and Piggott State Bank.
They were led by honorary co-chairmen Gerald and Sue Hoggard and last year's honorary co-chairman Lola Gibson.
Other survivors were Kegan Burdin, Mary Pollard, Ken Iberg, Mildred Beaver, Dallas Pollard, Lorene Petty, Laverne Renard, Evanell Turner, Gene Yates, Janet Roeder.
Mike Haywood, Della O'Dell, Linda Edwards, Joan Thompson, Lois Silas, Thomas Sneed, Peggy Johnson, Peggy Smart, Pearl Johnson, Bonnie Calhoun, Blake Holifield.
Ruby Krantz, Peggy Cook, Wilma Ross, George Jordan, Bettie Dudley, Clifton Shride, Betty Mills, George Forrest, Ruth Girtman.
Joanna Besserman, Carolyn Edwards, Janice Pruett, Gerald Speer, Chlodean Mayo, William Campbell, Debbie Robinson, Anette Davis.
Tonya Haywood, Rose Crafton, Nova Moody, Ann Reagan, Elizabeth Carter, Ora Dean Sale, Bud Holcomb.
Betty Birmingham, Sharon Tillman, Alta Mae Green, Danna Haywood and Barbara Hughes.
Seal said involvement in Relay for Life had been "contagious" and said it speaks volumes of the community support given.
In a poignant moment, she noted a survivor who lost the battle during the past year, Jim McKenzie of Piggott.
"Even though people are gone, they teach us a great lesson," Seal said.
There were fun and games throughout the day, and Relay teams sponsored booths, where they sold food, beverages and other items.
The team placing second was L.A. Darling with $7,243.62.
Other teams and donors were Piggott State Bank, $4,169; Piggott Community Hospital, $4,105; Wise, $3,576.17; General Baptist Church, $3,098.73; Piggott Schools, $2,923.55.
First Baptist Church, $2,519.12; Church of Christ, $2,405.50; Department of Human Services, $2,100; Aerial Bouquet, $1,997.80; City of Piggott, $1,224.
First Methodist Church, $1,102.65; Hemingway-Pfeiffer, $1,019.58; Traditional Ladies, $520; Shady Grove Church, $510; County of Clay, $350.
Emmanuel Baptist Church, $319.72; Piggott Cub Scouts, $700; AARP, $25; Lodge, $50; VFW, $50; t-shirts, $20; corporate sponsors, $6,750; and donation, $15.
The day was capped off by the luminary service. Although the luminaries were dampened by rain, it did not cloud the spirit as several walked through the luminary trail.
The day opened with a flag-raising ceremony with honors given to State Rep. Travis Boyd and Pledge of Allegiance led by Randy Lemmons of the Piggott Parks and Recreation Commission.
The flags were donated by Boyd and State Senator Tim Wooldridge.