MariAnn Albrecht, the co-chair for the 2011 relay and chair for the 2012 event, reported this week that the annual American Cancer Society event in Tracy raised $300,265, $28,000 above the fundraiser’s goal.
Albrecht called it “great news.”
The totals raised by the Tracy event — a 24-hour walkathon that features raffles, information booths, local entertainment and other fundraising efforts — put the city in the top 10 when it comes to Relay For Life in California. Out of 427 relays, Tracy ranks seventh in the state, with more than $3 million raised since the first all-nighter 11 years ago.
Albrecht said the event has become so successful that the 2012 relay will be at the Kimball High School field, instead of at Tracy High, as organizers expect 125 teams to help shoot for a fundraising goal of $325,000.
She said that plateau will take significant work to achieve, despite recent success.
“With all this progress, more involvement with the city and community is required for another successful year,” Albrecht said.
To that end, the local Relay For Life is hosting a meeting Oct. 20 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church for those who are interested in volunteering. Albrecht said organizers also need a new chair of publicity, and invites anyone with a knowledge of local marketing and advertising to attend the Oct. 20 gathering.
At a glance
• WHAT: Volunteer meeting for 2012 Relay For Life
• WHEN: 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20
• WHERE: St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 1635 Chester Drive