Organizers targeting $150,000 goal for Relay

Jun. 13, 2013 @ 05:14 PM

Forty-two teams with 696 participants are preparing for Vance County Relay for Life activities this weekend in Raider Stadium at Southern Vance High School.

Heidi Garland, who is chairing the event with Nikki Owen, said more than $95,000 has already been raised toward the ambitious goal of $150,000. By Thursday afternoon, the website for the event was showing more than $103,000 raised.

Garland and Owen hope they will go over the top this a full lineup of activities this evening and into Saturday.

Preparations and announcements will begin at 3 this afternoon, followed by a welcome, comments by Pete O’Geary and a ceremony recognizing caregivers.

The opening ceremony will take place at 7 with Megan Pulley singing the national anthem.

A survivor and caregiver walk will be the first of many laps that will be walked during the night and Saturday morning.

Music will be provided by the Evolution Band throughout the evening.

At 9, a luminary ceremony will be held.

Games and competitions will continue through the night until breakfast at 5:30 on Saturday morning. The day’s activities will kick off with a wake-up call at 6:15.

The participants will hear from the Rev. Frank Sossamon at 8.

Music during the morning will be provided by the Spring Street Youth Choir and Brake Time Band.

Final laps and a closing ceremony will take place from 2 to 3 p.m.

Teams will be selling food to satisfy walkers’ appetites and to raise money. The menu will include such delicacies as steak sandwiches, pulled pork plates, fish sandwiches, hot dogs, hamburgers, hand-cut fries, Philly cheesesteaks, sno-cones and funnel cakes. Every bite represents another step in the journey to conquer cancer.

A bouncy house will be set up for kids on Friday night along with the Chick-fil-A cow.

This year’s event will have special meaning for Garland and many other participants. She said her friend, Pam Pendergrass, died on Monday.

“She walked in the survivors’ lap last year,” Garland said. “Her goal was to make it to this year.”

Pendergrass was diagnosed with breast cancer in January 2012. After a mastectomy and treatment, she was declared cancer-free. The disease recurred in February of this year.

Her team, Hearts Of Hope For Pam, is comprised of friends and family. They will carry the torch in her memory during the luminary ceremony on Friday night.

It is just one of many personal stories that could be told about those who have survived cancer and those who have not. And they will be on the minds of the walkers rounding the track tonight and tomorrow.

For more information on the event, contact Garland at (252) 432-1813.


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3 p.m. — Announcements

4:30 p.m. — Announcements

6 p.m. — Chick-fil-A cow

6:15 p.m. — Welcome, mayor’s comments

6:30 p.m. — Caregivers recognition

7 p.m. — Opening Ceremony, national anthem

7:30 p.m. — Banner contest

8 p.m. — The Evolution Band

9 p.m. — Luminary Ceremony

9:45 p.m. — The Evolution Band continues

11 p.m. — Announcements

11:15 p.m. — Team Theme Songs


12:30 a.m. — Limbo

1 a.m. — Addie’s Fight (game)

2 a.m. — 5-Leg Relay

3 a.m. — Kian’s Fight (kick ball)

4 a.m. — Take The Cake

4:45 a.m. — Dodge Ball

5:30 a.m. — Breakfast

6:15 a.m. — Wake-up call

7 a.m. — Red Rover

7:30 a.m. — C.T. Judah

8 a.m. — Rev. Frank Sossamon

9 a.m. — Hailey Owen

9:45 a.m. — Spring St. Missionary Baptist Church Youth Choir

11 a.m. — Zumba with Salonia

11:30 a.m. — Bingo

12 p.m. — Jim Kelly

2 p.m. — Closing Ceremony and laps