More than $1.6 million raised at Bakersfield's Relay For Life

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) The citizens of Bakersfield raised more than $1.6 million for their annual Relay For Life event this weekend, according to organizers.

The American Cancer Society fundraiser is always a big day in Bakersfield - other communities in Kern County also hold Relay For Life events - and this year's version was no exception. More than 370 Relay teams consisting of thousands of walkers raised the money, thanks to help from thousands of volunteers, according to officials.

Nearly 1,800 cancer survivors participated in the Survivor's Lap to get things started Saturday morning.

Saturday night, the Luminaria ceremony featured more than 28,000 illuminated bags with names of cancer victims.

Top fundraising teams, in ascending order:

Stella Hills Basket Cases - $24,819.54
Bob Miller and Friends Pull Together for a Cure - $34,096
Epi's Cancer Biters - $34,880
Paramount Agricultural Companies - $36,535.66
GEMCare Caring is Part of the Cure - $39,220.70
Small Miracles - $40,315
API/Black Gold Productions - $46,777.65
Bakersfield Association of Realtors Bringing Home The cure - $57,031.70
Aera Energy - $82,061
Chevron 1 - $89,497.42

Top Fundraising Individuals, in ascending order:

Jean Browning (Aera Energy) - $5,494
Albert Aguilar (Rylee's Rainbow of Hope) - $6,130
Laurie Alexander (API/Black Gold Productions) - $6,562.15
Asila Calhoun (Bob Miller and Friends Pull Together for a Cure) - $7,055
Kelly Edwards (Heels 4 Hope) - $8,100
Marsha Weimer (US Postal Service Family and Friends) - $8,855
Mike Handren (API/Black Gold Productions) - $9,990
Scottie Miller (Bob Miller and Friends Pull Together for a Cure) - $11,761
Susan Ferguson (Bakersfield Association of Realtors) - $16,255.70
Sandi Brown (Stella Hills Basket Cases) - $19,115.54