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Pottsgrove Books 2016 Relay At Stadium

Walkers cruise the Pottsgrove stadium track (above) during the 2015 Relay for Life in June

POTTSTOWN PA – Use of Pottsgrove High School stadium for the 2016 edition of Pottstown’s annual Relay For Life fund-raiser to benefit the American Cancer Society has been approved by the district Board of School Directors, just in time for the launch of a 10-month promotional campaign that precedes the walk.

The Relay for Life will be held on the weekend of June 3-5 (2016; Friday through Sunday). Hundreds of area residents, many of them cancer survivors or relatives of survivors and victims, participate.

Directors gave their formal ratification to the relay committee’s request during their Aug. 25 (2015) meeting. Director Patti Grimm called the relay event “priceless for community awareness of cancer, and togetherness.”

Board member Rick Rabinowitz asked directors to urge the organization and the American Cancer Society to ensure as much of the raised funds as possible directly benefit those in need.

Before they said “yes,” board members sought assurances from district administrators that the walk would not be complicated by, or a complication in, the progress of Pottsgrove High School renovations that will be continuing when the event occurs. Business Administrator David Nester said work on the high school turf field, located a short distance from the stadium, and on one of its classroom wings could affect parking. The same inconvenience arose this year, he added.

The Pottstown Relay is one of the nation’s largest in terms of total money raised and walker participation. During 2016 it will be “twinned” with the largest relay in the United Kingdom, held in Peterhead, Scotland, organizers announced Monday on their Facebook page.

Nester noted relay organizers intended to seek the board’s permission for the stadium use more than two months ago, but deferred until after its budget deliberations were over.

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