Granville’s Relay festivities on tap

May. 16, 2013 @ 05:58 PM

OXFORD - The J.F. Webb High School track will feel the footprints of hundreds of participants in Relay for Life this weekend.

Shanita Hawley and Faicia Elliott are cochairing the event. They have enlisted 672 volunteers in 48 teams to raise money to combat cancer.

“We’re only $50,000 away from our goal and we haven’t even had the relay yet,” Elliott said.

That will begin tonight. A reception will be held for cancer survivors from 4:30 to 5:45 p.m. in the Webb cafeteria.

Granville County Relay for Life 2013 will formally start with an opening ceremony on the track at 6, when survivors and caregivers will enter and take the first lap.

Entertainment will be provided throughout the evening.

At 9, a luminary ceremony will be held. Luminaries may be purchased up until 8:30 for $10 each or three for $25.

On Saturday, First Baptist Church of Creedmoor will hold a scavenger hunt beginning at 7 a.m.

From 9 to 10:30, young people will be honored with a kids’ walk and other activities.

At 10, a blockout cancer lap will be walked to remind people to wear sunglasses, hats and sunscreen whenever they are in the sun.

A number of raffles will be held. Raffle tickets will sell for $1 each. Prizes include gas cards, gift cards, a cedar swing donated by Mt. Zion Church, a golf cart and trailer donated by Certain Teed and a number of other prizes. Winning tickets will be drawn at 10:30.

A closing ceremony will end the formal Relay activities for the weekend at 11.

Teams have been raising funds during the weeks leading up to the weekend event. Top fundraisers reported thus far include Clayton Homes with $14,880, Partylite of Amis Chapel Baptist Church with $10,432 and Union Bank & Trust Company with $6,329.

Kathy Pierce heads up the team for Union Bank & Trust.

“We do one fundraiser a year,” Pierce said. “This year it was at House of Ribeyes in Oxford.”

Her team worked as hostesses, table setters, silverware wrappers and other restaurant workers.

“We did everything except cook,” Pierce said.

That event raised more than $5,100 of the $6,329 they have raised so far, more than doubling their goal of $3,000.

These teams and 45 others will be lapping the athletic field all weekend in the fight to defeat cancer.

Contact the writer at dirvine@hendersondispatch.com.