Relay For Life raises $101,000

At Relay For Life, people helped however they could.

Fourth-graders flew in their airplanes and Kids on the Beat landed with their bird houses.

Relay For Life raised $101,279 and counting, Saturday and Sunday at Hood River Valley High School. For details, turn to page B1.

Pam Frater decorated the “Flying Masterminds” tent at the Relay with paper airplanes. They were created in June by students in Pat Gilkerson’s fourth-grade class at Mid-Valley Elementary. The rainbow colors fluttered in the breeze as walkers passed by the tent, sponsored by Mid-Columbia Property Management.

Across the field, the all-children Kids on the Beat team raised more than $3,000 through a variety of fundraising throughout 2001-02, including selling baked goods and flowers. They also made birdhouses, which they sold at trackside during the Relay.

Rosauers’ team took top honors — they’re six-for-six — with $7,000 in pledges gathered.

Relay organizers were happy with the tone and results of the weekend fundraiser.

“Events of the last year have done a lot, the stock market is down and so is our general economy in our area, so I am aboslutely thrilled with this figure,” said co-coordinator Mooreen Morris, adding that this year there is a downward trend in Relay totals nationwide, according to the American Cancer Society.

“It was another great Relay. I’m really impressed to see people on both sides of the river come together,” said co-coordinator Carolyn VanOrden. Teams hailed from White Salmon, Stevenson, and Mosier, in addition to Hood River County.

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