Relay for Life of Champaign County surfing for fundraisers

Relay for Life of Champaign County surfing for fundraisers

CHAMPAIGN — There's no place to go surfing around here, except on the Web.

But you may be seeing surfboards at some local businesses for the next couple of months.

It's part of an American Cancer Society fundraiser for the upcoming Relay for Life of Champaign County, for which this year's theme is Surfing for a Cure.

Champaign County relay chairwoman Jill Rannebarger said she has 30 surfboards, and is looking for businesses willing to decorate and display them, so customers can vote for their favorite by putting money in a donation canister.

The surfboard that collects the most donations will win.

Surfboards have been committed so far to SJ Broadcasting, Illini Radio, Dewey State Bank, Regency Cosmetology School and Bunny's Tavern, Rannebarger said. She needs takers for the rest.

Businesses are free to decorate the surfboards however they want, she said.

"They can paint them or do whatever. There's no rule," she added.

There will be a trophy awarded to the winning business, which will be announced at Champaign County's Relay for Life, set for June 8-9 at Centennial High School in west Champaign.

The public will get a chance to see all the surfboards displayed at the Urbana Farmer's Market at Lincoln Square on June 1 and will be able to cast votes up until the relay, Rannebarger said.

The fundraising goal for this year's relay is $200,000, she said.

That's the same goal set for the Champaign County Relay last year, though fundraising fell a bit short last year at $199,259, she said.

She's hopeful the goal will be met this year, she said.

With about two months before the relay takes place, fundraising is already a bit ahead of last year at this time, she said, and there are three mini-relays scheduled for May at area high schools that will help toward the totals.

To participate in the surfboard decorating/fundraising competition, call or text Rannebarger at 979-1504 or email

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