Dave Bennett named chair for 2009 Relay for Life

David (Dave) Bennett, Assistant County Mayor and Director of Accounts and Budgets for Blount County, was recently named event chair for the 2009 Relay For Life of Blount County.

Relay For Life is an annual overnight community event where individuals and teams camp out, barbecue, dance, play games and take turns walking around an illuminated track relay-style to raise funds to fight cancer. It is also the largest fundraiser in the county for the American Cancer Society, cancer education and research. The 2008 Relay For Life surpassed its goal and raised more than $377,000.

As chair of Relay For Life, Bennett will lead committee members, hundreds of team captains and thousands of team members as they plan for next year’s fundraising event in June on the Maryville College campus.

“Dave’s knowledge and experience as well as his dedication to the Blount County community make him a perfect chair for Relay For Life,” said Marion Westerling, development representative with the American Cancer Society. “The fact that his fried Twinkies are a great fundraiser for Relay For Life year after year certainly helps, too.”

Bennett has served as the assistant county mayor for the last three county mayors and also served as Blount County’s interim homeland security director. He is a member of Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) and Association of Government Accountants (AGA), where he is serving as national treasurer. In 2001, Bennett served as president of the East Tennessee AGA Chapter and was the southeastern regional vice president in 2004. He is also a past president and board member of Tennessee Government Finance Officers Association (TGFOA).

He is the chairman of the Blount County Republican Party and was the 2007 Campaign Chairman of United Way of Blount County. Bennett is also the Treasurer for Fairview United Methodist Church, a Leadership Blount alum and current board member, and is a former board member of the Blount County Chamber of Commerce.

For more information about Relay For Life, call 1-800-ACS-2345, or visit www.RelayForLife.org.

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