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The Spirit of Relay Awards 2021

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

Meet all Pat Flynn Spirit of Relay Winners

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 two winners for the region award (1 for an event, 1 for a team/individual). The 14 regional winners (1 campus/community/event and 1 team/individual for each of the six regions and Unified Event Support (UES) 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 Community Fundraising Leadership Team (volunteers).

Pat Flynn Spirit of Relay Event Winners
  • National Event Winner & North Region Winner: Relay For Life of Butler County, NE
  • North Central Region Winner: Relay For Life of Grand Traverse
  • Northeast Region Winner: Relay For Life of Wicomico
  • South Region Winner: Relay For Life of Cherokee Co., TX
  • Southeast Region Winner: Relay For Life of Triad
  • West Region Winner: Relay For Life of Santa Clarita Valley, CA
  • Unified Event Support Winner: Relay For Life of  Millbrook (Tri Cities) AL

Pat Flynn Spirit of Relay Individual Winners

  • National Individual Winner & Northeast Region Winner: Katelynn Ducharme
  • North Region Winner: Bob Silipigni
  • South Region Winner: Mary Gutierrez, Charles Etta Francis, Ruth Jatzlau and the ELT of RFL of Lee County TX
  • Southeast Region Winner: George Brinkley (Relay For Life of Shenandoah Co.)
  • West Region Winner: Mr. Casey Garness

THE POWER OF HOPE AWARDS

The Power of Hope Award is nomination-based, to recognize community events that have continued to support, honor and engage cancer survivors and their families in their community. 

Nominations 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 seven regional winners [6 Regions and 1 UES] will be submitted to choose the national Power of Hope winner.

The national Power of Hope Award will be presented through the National Community Fundraising Leadership Team (volunteers).

 

Meet all the Power of Hope Winners

  • National Winner & West Region Winner: Relay For Life of Guam
  • North Region Winner: Relay For Life of Shawnee County, KS
  • North Central Region Winner: Relay For Life of Midland County MI
  • Northeast Region Winner: Relay For Life of Chester County
  • South Region Winner: Relay For Life of Terrebonne Parish, LA
  • Southeast Region Winner: Relay For Life of Forsyth County
  • Unified Event Support Winner: Relay For Life of Montgomery County, VA

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.

Top 10 Community Relay For Life

1. Relay For Life of Morgan Decatur AL: $525,870

2. Relay For Life of Eugene-Springfield OR: $467,312

3. Relay For Life of Gwinnett County GA: $426,431

4. Relay For Life of Second Life: $384,047

5. Relay For Life of Lancaster PA: $368,528 

6. Relay For Life of Yellowstone MT: $353,500

7. Relay For Life of St. James Parish LA: $321,462

8. Relay For Life of Thurston Co. WA: $296,977

9. Relay For Life of Marco Island FL: $269,870

10. Relay For Life of Central Florida: $268,143

Top 10 College Relay For Life

1. Relay For Life of Virginia Tech: $339,202

2. Relay For Life of UCLA: $189,760

3. Relay For Life of James Madison University: $167,232

4. Relay For Life of University of Michigan: $128,754

5. Relay For Life of Florida State University: $120,875

6. Relay For Life of University of Oklahoma: $109,036

7. Relay For Life of Georgia: $102,625

8. Relay For Life of Cincinnati: $99,652

9. Relay For Life of South Carolina: $85,546

10. Relay For Life of Northeastern University: $82,189

Top 5 High School Relay For Life

1. Relay For Life of Father Ryan: $164,336

2. Relay For Life of Northern Hunterdon: $76,561

3. Relay For Life of Jaguar Nation: $62,815

4. Relay For Life of Mission San Jose High School: $48,985

5. Relay For Life of Howell: $44,697

EXPLOSIVE GROWTH AWARDS

% Growth over Last Year

  1. Relay For Life of Middleton DE: 373%
  2. Relay For Life of North Hunterdon, NJ: 330%
  3. Relay For Life of San Juan PR: 329%

$ Growth over Last Year

  1. Relay For Life of Eugene-Springfield OR: up $205,926
  2. Relay For Life of UCLA: up $187,101
  3. Relay For Life of Guilford Co. NC: up $135,048

TOP 10 INDIVIDUAL FUNDRAISERS

  1. Bert Valenkamph: $187,655
  2. Kelly Phillips: $114,175
  3. Clifford Forrest: $109,586
  4. Bob Silipigni: $93,448
  5. David Rainey: $90,067
  6. Gary Streit: $73,762
  7. Carolyn Cooper: $71,225
  8. Laura Yaz Deppert: $69,159
  9. Casey Garness: $56,866
  10. Lindsay Chauvin: $54,187

NATIONWIDE TEAMS OF EXCELLENCE

$90,000+ Teams

Nucor Steel Decatur

 $370,000

Nucor Steel Louisiana

 $280,577

Taco Bell

 $277,762

St. James

 $210,355

Team-Valenkamph

 $188,440

JW Marriott Marco Island

 $179,721

TPAC

 $167,249

Wayne Farms, LLC-Decatur

 $132,849

Perdue Farms

 $132,410

One Nucor Way

 $127,118

Connexus Credit Union

 $123,286

Southern Motion

 $112,652

M1/IAM

 $110,021

Rosebud Miners

 $109,350

Bear Nation #GoldTogether

 $108,080

KPMG Silicon Valley

 $103,553

The Naturals

 $102,334

Martz Trailways

 $95,435

Fantasy Faire

 $95,236

LHS Lions

 $93,498

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

 $93,182

Connolly’s Crew

 $90,000

$50,000+ Teams

Primerica

 $79,960

Team Jocelyn

 $78,289

Nucor Steel Hertford County

 $77,242

Forever Fighters – Team ACS

 $77,148

Trident Seafoods

 $75,060

Gary’s Gang

 $73,782

Barbers Hill ISD

 $72,162

Premier Physicians of Sarasota

 $71,224

Team GovGuam

 $70,826

Making A Difference – Big O Tires

 $70,685

Dari Mart

 $69,477

Guardians of the Galaxy

 $64,466

FivePoint Credit Union

 $64,398

America’s Preferred Home Warranty

 $63,770

Shoot Down Kids Cancer

 $61,205

Pelican Pointe

 $59,554

A Ray of Hope

 $59,157

D.M. Bowman

 $54,500

Family Affair

 $52,795

Windsor Walkers

 $52,309

Team DeVito

 $51,168

Perdue Chicks

 $51,000

Top Fundraising Company

Nucor Steel
$934,660
Raised

Hero of Research Teams

The Hero of Research award offers qualified teams, represented by their Team Captain, an opportunity to name an existing extramural research grant in honor of a loved one or their team. Named grants are active for three years once identified.

  • For 2021, any team already at $165,000 will have the opportunity to raise $50,000 new dollars (over the previous year) and name an additional research grant for one year. For years two and three, any amount over the previous year qualifies the team to maintain that grant.
  • For 2021, any new team that reaches the $165,000 level for the first time qualifies for the option to a put a name on an already approved grant.
  • For 2022, the program will be re-set to reflect the new grant funding amount of $175,500.
RegionEvent NameTeam NameGrant Name
Southeast Cape Fear Area, NCSt. JamesSt. James Community Research Project
North CentralTippecanoe County, INTeam- ValenkamphNancy Valenkamph Cancer Foundation and Golf Outings
SoutheastMarco Island, FLJW Marriott Marco IslandJW Marriott Marco Island’s Members Club
SoutheastCharlotte County, VATruckers Parade
Against Cancer TPAC
Charlotte County, Virginia – TPAC

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Legacy Teams

Legacy Teams have raised at least $1 million to date.

RegionTeam NameEvent Name
SouthNucor Steel DecaturRelay For Life of Morgan Decatur
SouthWayne Farms LLCRelay For Life of Morgan Decatur
SouthNucor Steel LouisianaRelay For Life of St James Parish
SouthSouthern MotionRelay For Life of Pontotoc County MS
SouthTaco BellRelay For Life of Cherokee County Tx
SouthFivepoint Credit UnionRelay For Life of Jefferson County Tx
UESM1/IAM 2003Relay For Life of Dale County AL
NorthcentralMTDRelay For Life of Weakley Co.
NorthcentralTeam-ValenkamphRelay For Life of Tippecanoe Co.
WestConnolly’s CrewRelay For Life of Thurston Co.
WestTrident SeafoodsRelay For Life of King Co. Shoreline Wa
SoutheastTPACRelay For Life of Charlotte County

 

SoutheastNucor Steel Hertford CountyRelay For Life of Hertford Gates Counties
SoutheastPerdue Farms LewistonRelay For Life of Bertie County
   
   

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