The annual Relay for Life in Columbus on Saturday raised $102,742 — just over the goal of $100,000 and also better than last year’s $93,289, according to organizers.

Organizers said that total may not represent final fundraising proceeds, as some people indicated they still have donations to submit.

Kathy Toburen, senior community manager for the Southern Indiana American Cancer Society, praised area volunteers’ and donors’ time and generosity.

“It’s wonderful three years in a row to be a pace-setter,” Toburen said, using the term that refers to a community beating the event goal.

She added that the top team was Rumble for the Cure, which used a motorcycle ride to generate $18,000, and a Cummins Inc. team that used a variety of Saturday fundraisers from T-shirt sales to cook-offs to raise $10,000.

People still can donate online at or by mail at Relay For Life, 5250 Vogel Road Suite A, Evansville IN 47715.

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Brian Blair is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at or 812-379-5672.