Announcing 2020 Relay For Life Awards

The Spirit of Relay Awards

To all the fearless fighters, hope enablers, community mobilizers, and big dreamers who embody the very essence of the Relay For Life movement, it’s time to celebrate you!

The Spirit of Relay Awards seek to honor and recognize all those who have gone above and beyond to help the American Cancer Society lead the fight for a world without cancer through the Relay For Life movement. From engaging survivors or an entire school community to promoting your event or creating an event experience to remember, our individual victories will collectively translate to the ultimate victory of beating our biggest rival – cancer.

We present Spirit of Relay Awards in two categories: nomination-based (from the Regions and called the Pat Flynn Spirit of Relay Awards) and data-determined. 

THE PAT FLYNN SPIRIT OF RELAY AWARDS

The Pat Flynn Spirit of Relay Awards are intended to honor and recognize a community/individual that embodies the same spirit of Relay that the “Mother of Relay” – Pat Flynn – inspired in Relay participants around the world.
Awards will be submitted by the Region leadership volunteers and staff. Relay events will be notified by the Area or Region if they are nominated. Regions nominate on an area level and designate one winner for the region award. The 6 regional winners will be submitted to choose the national Pat Flynn Spirit of Relay Award winner.
The final Pat Flynn Spirit of Relay Award will be presented through the National Relay Leadership Team (volunteers).

Meet all Pat Flynn Spirit of Relay Winners

  • National Winner & Southeast Region Winner: Relay For Life of Virginia Tech
  • National Honorable Mention Winner & North Central Region Winner: Amber Meyer
  • North Region Winner: Relay For Life of Richland-Wilkin
  • Northeast Region Winner: Ricki Evans
  • South Region Winner: Ro Torres
  • West Region Winner: Relay For Life of Humboldt County, CA
  • Southeast Region Winner: Yamile Rivera

DATA DETERMINED AWARDS

Gordy Klatt #1 Net Income Event

Nationwide Top Net Income Events

This award goes to the top nationwide fundraising events in the country based on net income from American Cancer Society records.*Some net income totals were updated after awards were announced.

Top 10 Community Relay For Life

1. Relay For Life of Morgan Decatur: $525,882

2. Relay For Life of Gwinnett County: $457,673

3. Relay For Life of St. James Parish: $450,578

4. Relay For Life of St. James Parish: $450,578

5. Relay For Life of Second Live: $305,000

6. Relay For Life of Yellowstone: $292,107

7. Relay For Life of Edwardsville Glen Carbon: $268,618

8. Relay For Life of Bakersfield: $259,899

9. Relay For Life of South Hampton Roads: $247,626

10. Relay For Life of Eugene-Springfield: $271,891

Top 10 College Relay For Life

1. Relay For Life of Virginia Tech: $368,059

2. Relay For Life of Northeastern University: $179,804

3. Relay For Life of James Madison University: $155,075

4. Relay For Life of University of Michigan: $143,342

5. Relay For Life of University of Georgia: $139,691

6. Relay For Life of University of Oklahoma: $114,021

7. Relay For Life of Washington University in St. Louis: $112,355

8. Relay For Life of San Juan Esudiantil: $111,571

9. Relay For Life of Florida State University: $110,542

10. Relay For Life of SUNY Geneseo: 497,034

Top 5 High School Relay For Life

1. Relay For Life of Blue Valley Youth: $214, 481

2. Relay For Life of Father Ryan: $214,262

3. Relay For Life of Union County Vocational Tech Schools: $198,665

4. Relay For Life of District 88 Youth: $89,199

5. Relay For Life of Mission San Jose High School: $73,667

EXPLOSIVE GROWTH AWARDS

% Growth over Last Year

  1. Relay For Life of They Valley, CA: 390%
  2. Relay For Life of Angelina, TX: 239%
  3. Relay For Life of Cherokee County, TX: 101%

$ Growth over Last Year

  1. Relay For Life of Edwardsville Glen Carbon, IL: up $65,905
  2. Relay For Life of Karnes County, TX: up $59,738
  3. Relay For Life of Second Life: up $33,887

TOP 10 INDIVIDUAL FUNDRAISERS

  1. Lindsay Chauvin: $254,056
  2. Becki Blankenship: $250,100
  3. Carolyn Cooper: $100,198
  4. Karen Washik: $98,950
  5. Kelly Phillips: $93,445
  6. Laura Yaz Deppert: $91,379
  7. David Rainey: $81,662
  8. Bob Silipigni: $81,180
  9. Clifford Forrest: $79,687
  10. Gary Streit: $70,850

NATIONWIDE TEAMS OF EXCELLENCE

Nucor Steel Decatur

 $396,325

Nucor Steel Louisiana

 $392,210

Taco Bell

 $307,411

Becki’s Bling Team

 $250,100

Perdue Farms Admin

 $165,312

Tpac

 $140,734

KPMG Silicon Valley

 $120,253

The Naturals

 $115,860

Nucor Steel Hertford County

 $115,060

ConocoPhillips – Eagle Ford

 $113,002

Wayne Farms LLC – Decatur

 $109,512

Connexus Credit Union

 $108,554

JW Marriott Marco Island

 $107,655

M1

 $106,000

Martz Trailways

 $102,588

Hautamaki and Horiuchi

 $101,053

Southern Motion

 $100,000

Friends For Life

 $98,800

Team St. James

 $92,623

Making A Difference – Big O Tires

 $92,604

Pelican Pointe

 $87,421

“New Hope For a Cure” – New Hope Presbyterian Church

 $84,277

LHS Lions

 $81,204

Alexandria Industries

 $80,100

Rosebud Miners

 $79,687

One Nucor Way

 $79,427

Fantasy Faire

 $75,512

Gary’s Gang

 $70,850

Team Relay Daddy

 $62,696

Primerica

 $62,376

Guardians of the Galaxy

 $60,135

FivePoint Credit Union

 $56,976

Casillas Garner Family & Friends

 $54,705

Captain Morgan’s Cancer Crusaders

 $51,382

Virginia Tech Relay Exec Fam

 $50,343

A Ray of Hope

 $50,196

Top Fundraising Company

Nucor Steel: 959,277

ABOUT RELAY

The Relay For Life movement is the American Cancer Society’s signature fundraiser dedicated to helping communities attack cancer. From team members to volunteers, we all want to remember those we’ve lost, help those affected today, and take action against cancer. Through funds donated, time given, or awareness raised, our communities are teaming up to make a difference, whether we’re connecting virtually or sharing space. When we rally together in the fight against cancer through this fun and inspirational event, we can accomplish anything.

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