Good News of the Week: Venango County Relay for Life Raises Over $70,000

| June 7, 2016

chocoholics2OIL CITY, Pa. (EYT) –Relay for Life of Venango County raised over $70,000.00 and counting since its 22nd annual event held on June 4, at Oil City High School.

Twenty-nine teams and 313 participants helped raise over $70,000.00 before and during the 24-hour event. Several teams will continue to donate money to Relay for Life through Golf Scramble events this summer. Donations will continue to be accepted for this year until August 31.

The 2016 theme of Relay for Life was “Wizard of Oz.” To reflect the theme during the Luminaria Ceremony, weighted, lit purple balloons floated around the football field while “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” played.

The survivor celebration included a new tradition of reading out survivors’ names along with the number of years they have been cancer-free.

The event also included food, games, and entertainment from the Oil City High School choir quartets and HOLeY JEANS, a local children’s choir.

Marie Costello, the American Cancer Society (ACS) Relay for Life community manager, has worked with ACS for 14 years. In that time, she said she has seen the number of people who know someone with cancer rise significantly.

“For Venango County, like every other community that I work with, unfortunately, the issue of cancer is so prevalent,” Costello said.


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Despite Saturday’s rainy weather, Costello said many people came out in support of the event. Costello thinks working with Relay for Life gives people a built-in support group, which functions like a second family.

“I think the passion for our mission, the American Cancer Society’s mission to alleviate suffering and to diminish this disease, people hold it very strongly in their hearts, and they hate this disease, and so they are working toward eradicating it.”

Relay for Life of Venango County is already preparing for 2017 and hopes to gain more volunteers in order to improve the event.

For those interested in volunteering for Relay for Life of Venango County, contact Marie Costello at 814-723-5781 or at

For more information on Relay for Life of Venango County, visit or the Venango County Relay for Life Facebook page.

Relay for Life of Venango County is one of over 6,000 Relay for Life events across the country raising awareness and proceeds for cancer patients and treatments.

(Photos courtesy of Connie Shull, Sandycreek Township Volunteer Fire Department, and Tom Weiser, Jr.)

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