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Hoping for Relay success

A lot of preparation, publicity and organization have been put into this year’s Relay for Life event, which begins tomorrow at 6 p.m. at the Texas Motorplex. Our publication alone has invested countless advertising dollars and story space to this important event that helps raise a huge amount of money for cancer research.
One of the things that has made the Ennis Relay for Life such an amazing event is that it has exceeded its goal each and every year. Without fail the businesses, groups and individuals in the community work together as teams to get donations, hold bake sales and sell raffle tickets, working tirelessly to meet – and surpass – the goal set. I think it is so telling of this city and its inhabitants about how giving they are from the announcements made each year following Ennis Relay for Life.
However, I wonder if the current economic climate is going to prevent us from reaching this year’s annual goal. The target for money raised in 2009 is $185,000. While that may not sound too daunting for an entire city to raise when linked with the idea of curing cancer, let me give you some perspective.
In 2007, Ennis Relay for Life raised $90,000. The next year the group set a goal of $120,000. That would have seemed like a daunting task to meet, but when the numbers were crunched the leaders of the event were pleased to announce the participants had raised enough money that they exceeded their goal by $34,000.
So in review, the goal for the past two events has been increased approximately $30,000 from what was raised the previous year. That’s an impressive result and looks to be a trend, but when the questions surrounding our nation’s economy and the fact that businesses and families are cutting back on certain luxuries and essentials are factored in, it raises eyebrows as to whether or not this year’s goal can really be met.
Have we set our sights too high? Asking people in Ennis for $185,000 – even to help cure cancer – would seem to be too difficult. Then again, this community has certainly surprised us in the past.
Making a $65,000 jump from last year’s goal reminds me of Dr. Evil “Austin Powers” when he is told holding the world ransom for $1 million in 1997 is ridiculous, so he immediately jumps to a billion dollars. Had he remained unfrozen between 1967 and 1997 he would have realized that a gradual increase in world ransoms would have been more natural. Just like a smaller increase for Ennis Relay for Life’s goal would have been more natural.
But considering how generous this community has been in the past, maybe a goal of $185,000 is the most natural thing in the world.
I am hoping this column sets a fire under everyone for tomorrow night’s fun activities and every person at the Motorplex is put in “jail,” all the raffles going on sell out of tickets and the groups selling food have no leftovers by the end of the night. By asking whether this year’s goal has been set too high, I hope everyone joins together to answer that question with a resounding “NO!”
When all of the fund-raising is over, I hope the goal has been surpassed once again. But no matter what the final numbers show, the fact that such an aggressive goal was set says a lot about this community’s reputation for generosity.
Matt Cook is managing editor at the Ennis Daily News and can be reached at editor@ennisdailynews.com

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