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Rifle’s Relay for Life event has another record-breaking year

John Gardner
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

RIFLE, Colorado ” It was about 8 a.m. Saturday when Jo Bradley received the news that Team Shrek, the team she is the captain of, was only $800 short of reaching the $20,000 mark.

“We didn’t know if we could make $20,000 or not,” Bradley said.

By the time the clock struck 10 a.m. that morning Bradley and her teammates had called in all the favors they could think of and they reached the seemingly unattainable goal. It was $2,000 over their actual goal of $18,000 they set to raise for the American Cancer Society.

Bradley was proud of her team’s accomplishment.

“I was fortunate to have a great team for the third year,” Bradley said. “We have been pushing hard since January, I didn’t think we would make the $18,000 mark, but a few days before the relay we spent a little time adding it up and we were pretty close.”

That’s when the passion ignited within Bradley and her teammates. She wasn’t sure how they were going to raise another $2,000 in just two weeks, but Saturday morning, as the sun warmed the cool morning air, she had to wonder no longer.

“We really wanted to make it,” Bradley said. “It was a great relay. We were very motivated and we really had a good time.”

Team Shrek, representing Castle Valley Children’s Clinic, is the first Rifle Area Relay for Life team to hit the $20,000 mark, according to Rifle Area Relay for Life Chair Theresa Hamilton. The team is also the relay’s top fundraising team for the second straight year.

But there were 20 more teams that did their part as well, collectively raising $125,000 as of Saturday afternoon, with some committed money yet to be turned in, according to Hamilton. However, teams have until Aug. 1 to turn in any remaining money.

“Western Garfield County residents really showed their spirit this weekend,” Hamilton said. “Many cancer survivors showed up to participate as well. It was a very touching and emotional time for us all.”

In addition to Team Shrek’s success, two teams including one first-year team raised over $15,000. William’s Heroes raised nearly $17,000 and Carbondale Car Care’s 101 Dalmatian’s team broke the $15,000 mark as well.

“I can’t even explain how amazing the Rifle community is,” said ACS community relation manager Felicia Sabarteneli. “It’s the community and the teams that made this one of the best relays in the county.”

Last year, the Rifle Relay raised a record-setting $103,000. Collectively, the Rifle Relay and the Roaring Fork Relay for Life earned Garfield County a national top-10 ranking in fundraising, bringing in $218,000. That amount also gained Garfield County the top spot in fundraising per capita than any other county in the Great West Division, which includes; Colorado, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Utah, Wyoming, New Mexico, Arizona, Montana and North Dakota.

And Sabarteneli expects similar congratulations this year.

“I’m sure they will again receive this recognition again,” she said. “They blew the goal out of the water.”

Contact John Gardner: 384-9114


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