Relay on tap this weekend
Teams have been in place for months, fund-raising has been in full swing and volunteers have been hard at work behind the scenes, all to culminate in this weekend’s tenth annual Madison County Relay for Life.
According to Relay spokesperson Ramona Booth, registration and the survivors’ reception will begin at 5:30 Friday afternoon, May 2, at the track field of the county recreation department.
Booth said survivors may park at the Madison County Senior Center from 5 p.m. on and wait for a shuttle ride to the track field, via golf carts.
“We encourage people to come and have a good time and just enjoy the fellowship and the variety of good food we’ll have on hand this year,” Booth said.
Various food vendors will be on site, serving such foods as low country boil, Hawaiian chicken, fried fish, hamburger and hot dogs and various homemade baked goods.
There will be face painting for kids (and adults).
All proceeds from the event will go to benefit the Relay for Life fundraising effort.
Organizers remind everyone that this is a family oriented event and no alcohol or tobacco products will be allowed. No pets will be allowed.
Admission is free and parents are highly encouraged to stay with their children during the Relay, organizers said.
Those wishing to sign up for the Survivor’s Lap may do so until the event begins call Booth at 706-543-0204 or come to the survivor’s tent before 6 p.m. Friday.
Survivors and one caregiver are invited to a reception beginning at 5:30 p.m.
Those wishing to purchase a luminaria for a loved one may contact Tracy Hooper at 706-336-8808, or luminaries may be purchased at the event.
Throughout the night and early morning hours, teams will hold fundraisers ranging from pie-in-the-face throws, to hamburgers to hot dogs, organizers said.
“Come and support you family, friends and neighbors,” said Katie Cullinan, American Cancer Society Staff Partner.
For more information about the Relay, call Cullinan at 706-549-4893 or e-mail her at Katie.Cullinan@cancer.org
You can also visit Madison County’s personal Relay for Life web page at http://events.cancer.org/rflmadisonga
TEAM AND CAPTAINS
The following is a list of teams for this year, along with their respective team captains: Breast Friend Champions, Rebecca Duncan; Community Baptist Church, Cindy Tittle; Contours Express, Ellie Bradshaw; Dr. Robert Hooper, Robert Hooper; Edward Jones, Dawn Skinner; EMS Ditch Doctors, Michelle Cleveland; Erastus Christian Church, Chrissy Caywood; Freeman Family, Rosalyn Freeman-Trimier; H.O.P.E, Amanda Martin; iLevel by Weyerhaeuser, Lillian Berryman; Joy Baptist Church, Michele McGinnis; Larry’s Legacy, Paris Epps; Learning Train Academy and Colbert Twirlers, Mary Cummins; Madison County Middle School Mustangs, Donna Smith; Madison County Trail Riders, Linda Henderson; Meadow Baptist Church, Ed Miller; Merchants and Farmers Bank, Sherry Allen; Moons Grove Baptist Church, Sandra Scoggins; New Haven Beacons, Lora Anglin; OUTLAWS, Clayton Lowe; Pilot Club of Madison County, Juanita Popp; Relay Kids for Christ (Oak Grove Baptist Church), Mary Cummins; Rogers Ramblers Family and Friends, Brenda Hart; Trinity Baptist Church, Katy Conner; Union Baptist Church, Clay Nix and Williams, Ken McHale.
For more information about this year’s Madison County Relay for Life, e-mail ubcRelay4life@gmail.com
Here is an overview of scheduled activities for this year’s Relay for Life, which officially begins at 6 p.m. Friday and runs through closing ceremonies Saturday morning:
•6 p.m. - Opening ceremonies will begin with the National Anthem and honor guard, followed by an introduction of this year’s honorary chairmen, the survivor lap, caregiver lap and the team introductions/team lap. Entertainment will follow with an assortment of twirlers, clogging, Union Baptist Youth Drama Team and various singers.
•9 p.m. Luminary ceremony: luminaries will be lit and everyone will silently walk the luminary lap while bagpipes play. The ceremony will be followed by music from a bluegrass gospel group.
•11 p.m. The group Diamondback will take the stage featuring Southern rock music.
•12:30 a.m. The Holman Autry Band will follow with more Southern rock music.