Despite rainy, cold conditions that shaved around five hours off of this year’s event, St. Charles Parish Relay for Life was able to raise $90,698, according to event chair Audrey Raziano.
"We have learned that no matter what the weather, the community of St. Charles Parish will come out and support relay," she said.
The American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life is a family-oriented team event where participants walk relay-style around the track and take part in fun activities off the track. Teams include coworkers, club members, family members and friends who have gathered donations prior to the event.
The event also had a Luminaria Ceremony, which honored the community’s cancer survivors and served as a remembrance to those lost to the disease. During the ceremony, survivors circled the track rimmed with glowing luminaria while the names of survivors and those lost to the disease were read aloud.
Despite the wind and rain, the Luminaria Ceremony went on as planned, giving Raziano "goosebumps" by the way the community worked together to make it happen.
"With high winds I was told we would not be able to light the candles in the luminaria bags and so we attempted to have everyone hold a candle to light which did not work," Raziano said. "Someone suggested we make a human wall around the luminaria to block the wind and perhaps everyone turn on their cell phone for light."
After beginning the ceremony, Raziano said she looked up to see all the luminaria lit.
"With love, determination, and teamwork this wonderful group of people got it done," she said. "It gave me goosebumps."
Event Winners include:
lst - Team BFF
2nd - Courthouse Divas
3rd - Toasting For A Cure
1st - Valero
2nd - Zachry
3rd - Toasting for a Cure
1st - Bunny’s Crew
2nd - Throw Me A Cure
1st - Team BFF
2nd - Throw Me A Cure
3rd - Courthouse Divas
1st - Angelle Branham
2nd - Anthony Lucia
3rd - Anedra Coleman
Line Dance Contest
1st - John Breaux
2nd - Anedra Coleman
3rd - Alicia Coleman
lst - Darryl Davis
2nd - Russell Burgbacher
Luling VFD Ugliest Bridesmaid’s Dress
1st - Jami White
Most Laps by an Individual
Cody Borne and Marten Zeringue Jr. with 133 laps each
|Photo courtesy of Renee Simpson|
|Relay Princess Caryn Tucker and Prince Adrian Garcia toss out beads at the West Bank Bridge Park during Relay For Life.|