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Record-Setting Relay For Life to be Celebrated on 'Community Day' -- Saturday at Blackstock Stadium

August 30, 2005

2005 relay 3.jpgAugust 30, 2005, Greencastle, Ind. - Putnam County Relay For Life -- the annual and award-winning joint effort between DePauw University and its neighbors in the surrounding community -- will be celebrated at Community Day, Saturday, September 3. On that afternoon, the public is invited to attend the football game between DePauw and Wesley (Delaware) College, which kicks off at 1 p.m. Halftime festivities will include a tribute to the annual community-wide effort that raised more than $230,000 for the American Cancer Society in May. Everyone is encouraged to wear a Relay t-shirt if they have participated in the past.

"Community Day is one of the ways we say 'thanks' to the people of Greencastle and Putnam County for their support and friendship," says DePauw President Robert G. Bottoms. "There2005 relay 5.jpg is no greater demonstration of the wonderful things that can happen when members of the campus and surrounding communities get together than Relay For Life. Besides raising money for an important cause, it creates new friendships and better understanding between students and the people who call Putnam County 'home' year-round. It is that spirit we will celebrate this year, and we welcome everyone to come to Blackstock Stadium and enjoy the day."

The game will mark the debut of DePauw's new head football coach, Tim Rogers, who spent last season as offensive coordinator and quarterback coach at Cornell University and previously served six years as the 1106041.jpghead coach at Kalamazoo College.

DePauw returns 37 lettermen and 15 starters from a 2004 team that finished with an 8-2 record including six consecutive victories to close the season. A preseason survey of Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference football head coaches finds Trinity University the favorite to win its 13th consecutive conference title, but DePauw University is a strong second. Trinity was tabbed as the favorite on five of seven ballots and received 47 points overall. DePauw was the coaches' second pick with 39 points, including one first-place vote. The Tigers lone SCAC loss last year was to Trinity by one point as time expired.

Putnam County Relay For Life has experienced phenomenal growth over the years. In 1998, the event raised $20,000. The 1999 total of approximately $30,000 was eclipsed by 2000's $42,000. Then, 2001 brought relay for life logo.jpgin $80,000, followed by $127,000 in 2002, more than $162,000 in 2003, last spring's $208,735 and 2005's new record of more than $230,000.

The fundraiser, which is coordinated by DePauw students, is consistently ranked among the top college-run Relays in the nation in terms of participation and dollars raised. The 2004 event received the All-American Relay Award and was ranked 6th in the nation in money raised per capita, based on the local population. The American Cancer Society's Great Lakes Division awarded the 2003 Putnam County Relay its Heart of Relay Award for Diversity, which recognizes excellence in efforts to encourage participation by all members of the community. Putnam County Relay For Life was awarded the 2002 Heart of Relay Award for the Great Lakes Division, and the year before won the National Heart of Relay Award as the best college or university Relay in Peeler Center Spring 2005.jpgthe USA.

"I also want to encourage people to take advantage of the other programs and events we have on campus throughout the year, including the October 27 Ubben Lecture by Mikhail Gorbachev, which promises to bring a lot of people and attention to Greencastle," Dr. Bottoms adds. "The vast majority of the things we offer are free and open to all, and we welcome the people of the community to take advantage of some fine opportunities for learning and enjoying life."

Visit the Tiger football program's official Web page here.

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