Inclement weather has never stopped the Relay For Life participants, and this year was no different. Relay was not delayed by rain until the early morning hours.


Inclement weather has never stopped the Relay For Life participants, and this year was no different. Relay was not delayed by rain until the early morning hours.

Peoria’s Relay For Life Friday and Saturday raised a total of about $105,000. In 2009, Relay raised slightly more than $140,000.

“The total amount raised is down from previous years, but all the money raised is very important whether it’s $1 or $1,000,” Caitlin Hubbard, senior income development representative for the west central region of the American Cancer Society, said.

Two of the top teams, Our Stars and Jazzercise, were made up mostly of Dunlap participants.

Peggy Sue Brown, from team Jazzercise, raised $1,000 on her own.

“I raise my money through letter writing, online requests and wine sales. With Jazzercise we do scrapbooking, jewelry sales,” she said. “I have a lot of friends that have won the battle [of cancer] and a few that did not win the battle.”

The Jazzercise team raised more than $9,000 with seven official team members.

“The battle’s not done. We need to keep up the cause. It’s also nice because we get to socialize with our Jazzercise group,” Brown said.

About 250 attendees were offered food, a silent auction and henna tattooing.

The silent auction alone raised a little more than $1,000. Different baskets were donated from teams. The baskets had themes such as a “date night,” “room re-do” and “Toy Story 3,” among many others.

Hubbard was not sure of the exact amount raised by the henna tattooing, but said the artist, Jean Filson, was at Relay for about six hours.

“I am curious to see what that total would be. I always saw her chair full,” she said.

“We had about 250 people there. Those are our teams, survivors and caregivers, youth that participate in our youth activities and a little bit of our general public that come out to see it all happen.”

Participants of all ages were entertained throughout the night with live entertainment and games.

“We had youth activities for the kids, which is an educational activity about cancer prevention and there was a bounce house donated by Fun on the Run.

“For adults there were games inspired by the “Minute To Win It” TV show. We had live entertainment with a jazz artist, the Water Street Boys during the Luminaria Ceremony, the Peoria Ballet and a singer/song writer duo,” Hubbard said.

Dunlap resident Stacey Delvecchio has been involved with Relay through the Jazzercise team for 14 years. Her father died of cancer in 1994.

“It raises awareness, but bottom line is it raises money for cancer research,” she said.

Delvecchio raises money year-round through letters and just asking people for donations.

“I get a lot of little notes of encouragement with the donations. I think people want to give, it’s just a matter of being asked,” she said.