More than 25 teams and 80 cancer survivors participated in the 2011 Newcomerstown Relay For Life, June 17-18. With that, a total of $96,840.67 was raised as of last week.

Prior to Relay, survivors were treated to a Mayor's Social on Thursday, June 9 which was hosted by Mayor Steve Guy and his wife, Melba.

While at Relay, survivors were treated like royalty and started the Relay portion of the event. Survivors walked in one direction of the track and their caregivers met them half way -- by going the other direction. This was to show that cancer patients aren't alone in their fight.

The Relay crowd cheered for the survivors as they walked to "I will survive" by Gloria Gaynor which played in the background.

Cancer survivors were also served a chicken dinner, provided by Baker's IGA, and a breakfast provided by St. Paul's United Church of Christ.

"I would like to thank the entire community of Newcomerstown and southern Tuscarawas for another very successful Relay. The support we receive from the community is amazing," said Relay chairperson Amy Miller. "I know times are tough but that doesn't stop people in this community from giving what they can."

Meanwhile, the total amount raised is expected to grow, according to Miller, who said teams have until Aug. 31 to turn in money for this year's event.

The 2011 Newcomerstown teams raised the following amounts:

* Jade Level ($10,000) -- Kurz-Kasch, Inc., $11,977.67; and Newcomerstown Middle School, $10,112.99.

* Platinum ($7,500) -- Cat's Warriors, $9,782.37; St. Pauls UCC, $8,853.59; and Arch's Army, $7,948.75.

* Gold ($5,000) -- Kings Church, $6,233.88; St. Paul Lutheran Crusaders, $5,446.50; and Bakers IGA, $5,077.55.

* Silver ($3,500) -- Jordan Tire, $3,877.75; and 1st Street Kids, $3,857.

* Bronze ($2,500) -- Medi-Wise Pharmacy, $2,658.34; and Team 31, $2,599.17.

* Star of Hope ($1,000) -- Shaw Family and Friends, $2,447.02; Pavement Pounders, $2,343.89; Team Hampton Inn, $2,042.17; Newcomerstown High School, $1,842.45; Curing Japancer, $1,828.93; Boltaron, $1,698.84; Hartwood Church, $1,439.73; Oldtown Valley Clan, $1,205.72; Teardrops from Heaven, $1,164.52; and Bates Metal, $1,112.50.

* Rising Star (under $1,000) -- Faith, Hope and Love, $749.38; and Trinity Hospital Twin City, $482.50.

Awards were also presented to: Best Campsite, Jordan Tire; Best Banner, Kurz-Kasch; Best Educational Message, Medi-Wise Pharmacy; Most Spirited Team, Cat's Warriors; Rookie Award, Cat's Warriors; Bettering Your Best (the team that raises more money than they ever have, by the most), Teardrop from Heaven; Golden Pillow Award (most overnight team members), Cat's Warriors; Early Bird Award (most funds turned in prior to Relay), Kurz-Kasch with over $10,000 turned in before Relay; Most Creative Fund-raiser, Teardrops from Heaven; Miss Relay, Never Doing This Again (also known as Roger Seitz From Baker's IGA); Heart of Relay, Karen Little from Baker's IGA; and cornhole tournament winners were Cole Cathey and Andy Stahl.

The wrap-up meeting is scheduled for Thursday, June 30 at the Hampton Inn in Newcomerstown.

The committee will meet at 5 p.m. and team captains will meet at 6:30 p.m.

If you are interested in helping to plan the 2012 Newcomerstown Relay For Life and would like to be on the 2012 Newcomerstown Relay for Life planning committee, be at the Hampton at 5 p.m. If you are interested in having a team at the 2012 Newcomerstown Relay For Life, attend the team captains meeting at 5:30 p.m. at the Hampton Inn.

If you are interested but are unable to attend either of these meetings, contact Miller at (330) 243-2385.

Next year's Relay date, meeting schedule and theme will be set at the wrap-up meeting.

"We encourage everyone interested in being a part of this amazing event to attend the meetings at the Hampton on June 30th," Miller said. "Don't hesitate! Join us in making a difference in the fight against cancer."