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August 24, 2013

United Way kicks off new campaign with an amazing race

VALDOSTA — Greater Valdosta United Way celebrated its Day of Caring by formulating a race themed after the television show “The Amazing Race.” Twenty teams of employees from various companies around town began the race Friday morning.

While obeying all traffic laws, teams raced around town going to 15 different stops at different agencies. Tasks had to be completed at every stop to gain clues as to where the next stop would be. Each task was related to the specific agency location, such as packing care packages at Moody Air Force Base. Teams also gained knowledge about each agency involved in the race.

At 12:45 p.m., the first team arrived at the YMCA. First State Bank and Trust members held their heads high as they broke through the finish line, taking this year’s coveted title. Team members Ryan Graham, Courtney Wilcox, Krystle Black, and Heather Walton were all shocked to learn they had won. All said they participated for the experience and weren’t attempting to win.

With area business Gourmet Guys volunteering at the grill, the end of the race was a welcome relief to all of the teams involved. Food and drinks were given to all volunteers and competitors as the votes were tallied for the other competitions. The best decorated car award went to Southern OB-GYN Team 1 while best dressed team was a tie between the safari-clad Toys-R-Us team and the glitter-wearing Southern OB-GYN Team 2.

All of the participants also voted for their favorite stop of the day, which went to Airman Family and Readiness Center. The agency was awarded a check for $2,500 for winning the vote.

Jacqueline Lilly, Greater Valdosta United Way public relations director, summed up the day by saying, “This event is an absolute labor of love and a lot of hours have gone into this event. It’s always great to see it go off without a hitch and I am happy to send these participants home with knowledge of these organizations.”

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