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Cancer survivor Colin Campbell, center, gets a hug from daughter Catie Campbell and nephew Josh Kirby after Campbell completed the survivors’ lap. - photo by Jim Dean
How to help

• Donations for Relay for Life will continue to be taken through Aug. 30. To give, visit

• The 14th Annual Norman’s Landing Charity Golf Classic benefiting United Way of Forsyth County has been rescheduled to June 7 at Polo Golf & Country Club. Lunch and a dinner buffet will also be served and a raffle will be held. For more information, contact Norman’s Landing at (770) 886-0100.
Wet weather over the weekend took a toll on two fundraisers.

Forsyth County Relay for Life, which benefits the American Cancer Society, was hit hard by thunderstorms Friday night.

The event was originally scheduled to run from 7 p.m. Friday to 7 a.m. Saturday at the Cumming Fairgrounds. However, heavy downpours and lightning caused organizers to cancel the festivities about 10:30 p.m.

“We made the decision ... for everyone’s safety to call the event off for the night,” said organizer Valery Hall. “We hated to do that, but it came several downpours throughout the course of the evening.”

Hall said there are no “rain dates” available for the relay since the event involves so much advanced planning of performers and vendors.

“It’s hard to end it early after planning for over a year, but it was the right decision,” she said.

Despite the rainout, Hall said the event raised $205,000 toward the yearlong goal of $250,000.

“Our Relay for Life year doesn’t end until Aug. 30, 2010, so we have a few more months to continue to fund raise to get to our goal,” she said.
“We’re so lucky that many of our teams and contributors work hard all year long fundraising.”

Another fundraiser that suffered from the threat of bad weather was the Norman’s Landing Charity Golf Classic tournament for United Way of Forsyth County.

The event was scheduled for Monday morning, but thunderstorms over the weekend and the fear of more Monday caused leaders to postpone the event to June 7.

“I’m never going to trust the weatherman again,” said restaurant owner Bill Norman after sunny skies returned Monday afternoon.

He said food preparation for the event takes two full days, so he had to make the call early. He also had concerns about conditions on the course at Polo Golf & Country Club after rain over the weekend.

“They were calling for thunder and lighting through about 4 o’clock Monday,” he said.

Norman said all times would remain the same with registration at 10 a.m. and a noon shotgun start. An 11 a.m. putting contest will precede the tournament.

The south Forsyth restaurant has contributed more than $350,000 to United Way over the past 14 years through the tournament and other fundraisers.