LAURINBURG —Ahead of Friday’s Relay for Life of Scotland County, Campbell’s Soup Company was given the highest honor during a Corporate Sponsor Appreciation Event.
This year’s Platinum Sponsor was the Maxton soup maker, the top sponsor for many years. Currently Campbell’s has donated $56,933 and plans to raise nearly $70,000 by the end of the event on Friday.
“In the past we have given out Gold Fish and cookies, but this year we are going to try and up our game a little bit and we actually have a few things we are going to try and sell to the crowd to raise even more funds,” said Heather Neuman with Campbell’s human resource services.
Relay for Life of Scotland County has raised $89,527.24 in total as of Wednesday and hopes to be the nation’s first place fundraiser for the sixth time in the last decade for communities with 35,000 to 40,000 residents.
“I am glad not to have to suffer like some of our survivors have,” Neuman said. “I think we have had good participation and all of the teams that have been coming to the meetings all year were represented and I think we had a good little group of people.”
Event organizers are confident that they will meet the 2017 goal of $222,000 for cancer research.
“There is no way to thank the sponsors and volunteers to the degree that we should, but we can begin to thank our corporate sponsors for all that they do and also thank our team captains and volunteers that give us so much effort towards the event,” said Stewart Thomas, Relay for Life of Scotland County co-chair.
Relay for Life had a total of 31 sponsors with the potential of more joining by Friday, according to Thomas.
Gold Sponsors include, Walmart, Eaton Golf Pride, Meritor, Inc., Cascades, and Scotland Cancer Treatment Center.
Silver sponsors were WLNC, The Morgan Foundation, The Laurinburg Exchange, Brady’s Flowers.
Patron sponsors include, Captain Larry’s, Boneyard Bar-B-Q, Macdougald Funeral Home, Charles Craft, The Ficklin Company, Clayton Homes.
Bronze sponsors for this year’s event include, Nippon Sheet Glass, FCC, Scotland County Board of Realtors, Laurinburg Alumni Chapter Delta Sigma Theta, Employees of the City of Laurinburg, Richard Boles Funeral Services, Center Presbyterian Church, The UPS Store, General McArthur’s, Scottish Pines, Scotland Regional Hospice, Dr. Hal Fogleman, Scottish Food Systems, The Tuesday Cruisers, Community Drug, and Nik’s Pic Kwik.
The dinner for the evening was donated Brady’s Flowers, who provided an assortment of snacks, dinner items, desert, and drinks.
The theme for this year’s Relay is Colors for Hope.
“Each type of cancer has a different color ribbon that is associated with it, so this year we tried to give our team captains something to be a little bit more creative,” Thomas said. “Hopefully we will see a lot more colors.”
Friday’s Relay for Life event will take place at Pate Stadium from 6 p.m. to midnight with registration beginning at 3 p.m.
“Everything is ready to go and the weather is looking good with a 10 percent chance of rain,” Thomas said, who believes this year’s shortened event will bring in more energy and still create the good results.
Reach Nolan Gilmour at 910-506-3171