Relay brings community together
Thirty-four teams with more than 500 participants will gather in Raider Stadium at Southern Vance High School this weekend for the annual Vance County Relay for Life.
The kickoff will take place at 3 p.m. today, followed by a welcome at 6 p.m. and the opening ceremony at 7 p.m.
Walkers will tread the track to honor cancer survivors and caretakers and raise money for the American Cancer Society.
A survivor and caregiver walk will be the first of many laps that will be walked during the night and Saturday morning.
At 9 p.m., the gathering darkness will be lit with the traditional luminary ceremony.
Activities will continue through the night and end with a closing ceremony at noon Saturday.
Walkers will be able to satisfy their appetites at food stands operated by Relay teams, with the proceeds going to the campaign to conquer cancer.
Over the last several months, the 34 teams have held fundraising events as a prelude to the weekend. The leading individual fundraiser is Tiffany Brodie of the Wal-Mart 6091 team. She has raised more than $2,400.
The leading team in fundraising is Facebook Friends for a Cure with more than $10,000.
“We’ve all pledged to raise $1,000 each,” said team member Liz Catlett, who co-chairs the local event with Heidi Owen and James Baines. “If we hit our goal, we will have raised over $50,000 over the last three years.”
She has surpassed her personal goal for this year, raising about $1,165 so far.
Ray Riordan, Relay for Life specialist with the American Cancer Society, provides support for the local Relay committee. Approximately $69,500 has been raised toward the Vance County goal of $152,000, he said.
“Last year we raised $155,000. We’re a little behind schedule right now, but we have until August 31,” he said. “Even if we don’t raise that amount, we have $69,500. For an individual, that can mean the difference between life and death.”
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If you go
Here are some of the key events for this weekend’s Relay for Life of Vance County:
• 3 p.m.: kickoff
• 6 p.m.: welcome
• 7 p.m.: opening ceremony
• 9 p.m.: luminary ceremony
• 9 to 11 p.m.: entertainment
• 11 p.m.: team songs
Saturday, June 21
• Midnight: five-legged relay race
• 1 a.m.: dodge ball
• 2 a.m.: limbo
• 3 a.m.: kickball
• 4 a.m.: hula hoop contest
• 5 a.m.: dance contest
• 6 a.m.: breakfast
• 6 to 9:30 a.m.: entertainment
• 9:30 a.m.: backward relay lap
• 10 a.m.: Zumba
• 10 a.m. to noon: entertainment
• Noon: closing ceremony