SEASIDE - The eighth annual Clatsop County Relay for Life reached is goal of $55,000, said Susan King, event chairwoman.

An estimated 600 volunteers, including 26 relay teams, took part.

"That's really an important part - the community involvement - empowering our fight over cancer," King said.

Held at the Seaside High School track Saturday, the relay featured live music from seven groups, a plant sale and a silent auction.

Lions Club members spent hours at the relay supplying food to the participants.

King said the silent auction consisted of $11,000 worth of donations from local businesses and community members. More than 100 items were auctioned, including lodging, food and art.

"It is so heartwarming to see the people who put so much time and effort into this," said King.

Most of the money will go to the local American Cancer Society branch.

King said she expects more money will be collected in the next few months.


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