Thursday, June 9, 2005

Relay for Life Friday

Staff Writer

Marshall County’s all-night party to help win the fight against cancer begins Friday at 6 p.m. and ends Saturday at 6 a.m.

Relay for Life will be held at Sam Coopwood Park on the football field in Holly Springs on Hwy 4 East. It is the principal fund-raiser for the American Cancer Society and is held in communities all across America.

Marshall County’s Relay for Life is $15,000 away from reaching its goal of $40,000. Your help is needed. You are are invited to support this effort by giving a tax deductible donation or by purchasing a luminaria in honor of a loved one who has been touched by cancer.

Luminarias, for $10 each, can be purchased at the tax assessor’s office, Liddy’s Health Mart and City Hall.

Relay for Life funds will help cancer victims in the county, as well as go towards research for a cure, education on prevention, and dozens more worthy expenditures in the fight against cancer.

Honorary chairpersons for this year’s event are Frances Hathorne and Bobby Seale. Masters of ceremony include Kelvin Buck, Rodney Whaley, Sharon Goodman-Hill, Sharon White, Edwin Smith, Lee Eric Smith and Patricia Boga.

A large number of community teams have been busy for months raising money towards the goal, employing many tactics such as raffles, bake sales, rummage sales and asking for donations. Please continue to help these teams reach their individual goals, as well as the county goal.

At least one person from each team walks on the track during the 12-hour relay.

If you’re not on a team, plan now to come to the Relay For Life this Friday night. There’s no parking fee, no alcohol and loads of safe, friendly, family fun.

Each teams sells something, whether it’s food, drinks, games, a raffle or old photos.

Live music goes on for hours, featuring local talent. Those scheduled to entertain this year include members of the Holly Springs High School Choir, the Holy Family cheerleaders, the Tate Family, Mitch Stone, the Carey Chapel Quartet, the Harmony Gospel group from Batesville, Melissa Ratliff, Emily Gurley and Simple Assault Band, Heritage Singers, Gospel Warriors Quartet from Bruce, Asbury Praise Team, minister Edwin Smith, Gracie Shipp, Rising Star Youth Choir and Hopewell #1 Choir with Sonja Brooks.

Food offerings may include barbecue, hamburgers, smoked sausages, watermelon, homemade desserts, corn on the cob, funnel cakes, corn dogs, plus lots of kids’ favorites like cotton candy, popcorn and sno cones. Plan to eat dinner, play games, visit with old friends and new.

If you are a cancer survivor, be an honored guest for the “Survivor’s Lap” when only fellow survivors walk around the track.

For more information, please call Constance Mason at 252-4653 or Landry Hearn at 252-1532.

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