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Rifle Area Relay for Life nets $47,000 to fight cancer

The “Mr. Relay” competition featured men dressed in women’s clothes at the Rifle Area Relay for Life on Friday and Saturday, July 18-19, at Rifle High School’s football field.
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More than $47,000 was raised in the fight against cancer by the 18th Rifle Area Relay for Life on Friday and Saturday, July 18-19 at Rifle High School’s football field.

It is believed to be the first relay event of the year on the Western Slope, co-chaired by Chinella Mozingo and Tom Sowieja. The event’s theme was “A Passport to Hope.” Each team was to select a country to represent, dress in costume and decorate campsites to match their country. “Passports” were sold to the public so they could sample foods prepared by each team, called “Taste the Countries” and set up in a buffet style under the “big top” tent.

Among the events held throughout the evening and early morning hours were a talent show and a “Mr. Relay” competition, where men from teams dressed in women’s clothes and paraded around the track, then appeared on stage. Votes were determined by the amount of money raised by each participant. A “five pie auction” raised over $700, while a Texas Hold ‘em tournament raised $160.

Music was provided by Boogie Down Light & Sound for the 16 teams that registered online with 172 total participants.

Donations can still be made online at relayforlife.org through Aug. 31. Under “Find an Event,” enter “Rifle, CO.”

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