Relay for Life event organizers looking to break $200,000 barrier

South Kitsap Relay For Life organizers are expecting to finally reach the $200,000 mark as donations continue to filter in after last weekend's 18-hour event at Joe Knowles Field on the South Kitsap High School campus.

According to Event Chair Ethan Kalkwarf, more than $175,000 has be accounted for, but he is expecting more donations within the next few weeks.

"We're still expecting more donations to roll in," Kalkwarf said.

He said people can still donate online at

Kalkwarf said there were 70 teams and more than 700 participants who registered for the May 31 and June 1 walk. He said more than 1,000 people walked around the track on Friday.

He said each year, the event grows larger with more people wanting to participate.

"We had a great turnout and great weather which help make this year's event successful," Kalkwarf said.

He said this year's sunny and warm weather was much better than the wind, rain and cold temperatures that covered last year's event.

For the past seven years, Kalkwarf has been involved in the Relay For Life event. He has served as event chair for the past two years, but will resign the post to attend college this fall.

The 19-year-old will attend Liberty University in Virginia, where he will pursue a business marketing degree.

Kalkwarf, a 2012 South graduate, added he was the youngest event chair for the event in the state and one of the youngest in the nation.

"It's been a privilege to serve for such a great event," he said.

Relay For Life is the main volunteer-driven cancer fundraising event of the American Cancer Society.


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