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THOUSANDS WIN PRAISE FOR MAKING RELAY A SUCCESS

June 24, 2004 – Fern LaBorde, president of the St. Thomas-St. John unit of the American Cancer Society, said on Tuesday that the success of this year's 2nd annual Relay for Life event would not have been possible "without all the people we had working with us."
She cited "our sponsors, Knight Quality Stations, our contributors and volunteers, and most importantly, all the members of the community who came together to make the relay what it was." The event raised $110,000 for the Cancer Society, up from $62,000 the first year.
Six months of planning went into this year's event, which began on Saturday evening and ended on Sunday, LaBorde said. About 2,000 to 4,000 people either participated in laps around the Charlotte Amalie High School athletic track or were there in support of the Cancer Society, cancer survivors or other family and friends.
Team prizes awarded on Sunday were:
Most participants: Water and Power Authority.
Most enthusiastic: V.I. Justice Department.
Best decorated: June's Angels.
Best overall team: Roy L. Schneider Hospital.
WAPA also was recognized for bringing in the most money; with four authority teams participating, members raised more than $11,000.
"There were also two special donations this year," LaBorde said. One was "our fireworks display, which was put together and donated by George Zambelli," of Zambelli Internationale, the company that provided V.I. Carnival sky lights for many years. The other was the donation of $10,000 from Schneider Hospital.
LaBorde said all the money stays in the local chapter and is used for the society's quality of life programs — for direct patient support, training and educational programs.

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