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SALINAS, CA -- The Relay for Life team at Tanimura & Antle pulled out all the stops this year and reached a longtime goal of hitting the $1 million contribution mark to the American Cancer Society.

The produce leader is celebrating its 12th year of participation in this community fundraising event, raising over $55,000 this year for a grand total of $1,037,300 that has been raised to date for the American Cancer Society.

Knowing that the company was $40,000 shy of the $1 million mark this year, the Relay for Life team organized several fun and engaging events to capture donations from employees and vendors.

"We were very creative and busy this year getting employees involved in our fundraising efforts," Priscilla Jackson, team captain, said in a July 7 press release. "We held 12 separate fundraising events and opportunities."

Effectively rallying support, some of the more popular events at Tanimura & Antle were an iron chef BBQ competition, adult tricycle races, dunk tank, a pulled-pork BBQ, a bake sale and an iPad raffle. "Hitting the $1 million mark is incredibly exciting and rewarding for us," Rick Antle, the company's chief executive officer, said in the release. "We will continue to support this worthwhile cause and other charitable efforts for years to come."

Tanimura & Antle has been involved in the American Cancer Society since 1998 through the Relay for Life event as contributors, walkers and featured participants. The cause is an important one for Tanimura & Antle, as company owner and 2006 torchbearer Sue Antle is a breast cancer survivor.

"Tanimura & Antle has been a very large contributor to our success. Their support has provided resources to reach out to our community with messages and programs that help people stay well, get well and fight back," Barbara Wakeley, American Cancer Society’s regional vice president, said in the release. "More than 11 million cancer survivors are living proof that Tanimura & Antle is making a difference."