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Ahead of the game

'Dream Team' Relay fundraising hitting its stride

Elaine Ellsworth, of Southbridge, has already begun fundraising for the 2011 Southbridge Relay For Life, scheduled to take place on June 17 at Southbridge High School. (click for larger version)
January 24, 2011
SOUTHBRIDGE — Although the Relay For Life of Southbridge isn't until June, that isn't stopping participants from beginning their preparations.

Southbridge resident Elaine Ellsworth prepares year-round for the event, which raises money for cancer research at the American Cancer Society and takes place at McMahon Field at Southbridge High School.

The event is run by teams, typically around 10 individuals, who fundraise and on the day of the event, take part in an overnight walk around the track with their pledge to help cure cancer.

"Usually, the amount that each team needs to raise is $1,000," said Ellsworth. "Teams that have done it before need to raise $2,000. I was on a team last year, but I'm doing my own team this year and we need to start getting our fundraising together. Technically, it's not the team that needs to raise the money. They ask each individual doing the Relay to raise about $100, so if you have eight to 10 people, it works out that way."

Her team, "The Dream Team," began their fundraising Jan. 8 with a dance at Mill Street Brews, which donated the hall for the fundraiser.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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