Relay For Life baton handed forward

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Relay For Life will have new leadership in 2002, its sixth year as a fundraiser serving the American Cancer Society. The event raised $122,000 on July 21-22.

Carolyn Van Orden and Mooreen Morris will guide the event next year, succeeding Leslie Cogswell, who has directed it for the past four years.

"You need new energy, new ideas. It's time for new people with new ideas to give it a change. Change is good," Cogswell said.

The Relay has gone from seven teams in year one to 45 in 2001. It may have grown as much as it can, according to Cogswell.

"The goal to raise $1 per person, per capita and we're at about $7 per person already," she said. "It's only so big. There's a few more teams out there, but the size is nice."

Cogswell said she believes that the Relay For Life is striding well as it completes its fifth year.

"I've heard good things from peope who have taken part," she said, "who felt it has grown to be better organized and is running more smoothly."

Morris said organizing the Relay is "a real community effort," that succeeds because people believe in it.

Yet around the first of the year, the Relay steering committee turns to the hard work of gathering corporate sponsorships and getting the word out.

Morris and VanOrden will be assisted by fellow steering committee members Dick Snyder, Ronda Snyder, Betty Osborne, and Cogswell.

"There are many aspects to (the Relay organization) and I'm hoping to give up a lot of slices of the pie," Morris said.

She described as "phenomenal" what she and VanOrden are inheriting from Cogswell.

"I don't know how she did it. We just anticipate keeping it going.

"Leslie will still be involved -- her knowledge is the core knowledge and we don't want to let go of that," Morris said.

Relay For Life Roster

Here is the full list of Relay For Life Teams: Arlene's Angels, Arlene's Fans, (both in honor of Arlene Schlosser), Asbury Angels, Bike Nuts (Summit Projects), Columbia Gorge Family Medicine, Diana Long, Double U's (Unitarian-Universalist congregation), Downtown Kids, Fishers of Men (HR Assembly of God), F.R.E.D. III (Sprint), Full Sail Aliens, Gorge Hockey, Granny's Gang (Mid-Valley Market, for "Granny" Doris Keith), HRV Christian Church, Inn Crowd (Hood River Inn), Kids on the Beat, Lifesavers (Delta Kappa), Midnight Callers (Hospice of the Gorge), One Step At A Time, OSSOM Club, Our Redeemer Lutheran, Our Redeemer Junior team, Providence HR Memorial, Purple People (ETC), Rosauers, Rotary, Sharon's Blooms (for Sharon Bloom), St. Mark's Church, Skamania Lodge, Steppin' High for Zi (Mid-Valley School, in honor of Zi Windsor), Survivor Island (HR Fire Department), Team Mosier, Team Thom, Trailblazer (Riverside Church), Turtle Doves (Pacific Rim Brokers), Underwood Fruit, Wal-Mart, Westside Wildcats (Westside Fire Department), Windermere, Women At Work (Soroptimists), Working for a Cure (Hanel Development).

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