On Centre: Around Bellefonte | Relay for Life organizers look to raise $100,000 for 2014 event

Gail Miller is hoping to raise at least $100,000 in the 20th annual Bellefonte Relay for Life, and she wants to see as many team captains as possible for a meeting later this week.

The meeting will cover new team sign-ups, fundraising effort and acknowledge those who have been affected by cancer in the past, Miller, the event chairperson, said. It will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at the American Philatelic Society offices.

The proceeds from the fundraiser will go to the American Cancer Society.

Miller said anyone with an interest should attend the meeting because it will be a good primer for the efforts the rest of the way. There will not be a meeting in December because of the holidays.

“We encourage them to do as much as they want to or as little as they want to — just to be part of it,” she said.

The local event started in 1995 as the Centre County Relay For Life, but other chapters such as Centre Hall, Philipsburg and Penn State have broken off since.

The date for the actual relay, a 24-hour walking event, will be 3 p.m. May 30 in Governors Park. There will be live entertainment and space for campers.

Miller said the goal becomes increasingly important as cancer continues to be a prevalent disease in society.

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