Thursday, May 17, 2007
Relay for Life set for June 8
By SUE WATSON
The Marshall County Relay for Life committee is cooking up some fun for this year’s walk to raise money for the American Cancer Society and to raise awareness about cancer.
The event also celebrates cancer survivors locally and memorializes those who have lost their lives to the disease.
An overnight event, Relay for Life is the nation’s largest fundraiser.
To kick off this year’s Relay for Life before the June 8 event, a 5-K Run, sponsored by the Holly Springs Chamber of Commerce and American Pacific, is scheduled for Friday, May 18, at 7 p.m. on the Holly Springs square. Registration for the run begins at 6 p.m.
Entry fee for the Killer Kudzu Run is $15 if purchased prior to May 17.
Awards will be given in 14 age groups plus a first through third place award for best overall time in the male and female categories and a first place master/grandmaster prize.
Then Saturday, May 19, the Holly Springs Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual Walking Horse Classic at the Marshall County Fairgrounds, with some proceeds going to Relay for Life. Showtime is at 5 p.m. Tickets are $5 for adults with children five and under admitted free.
Twenty-four teams have registered for the June 8 Relay with a goal set at $55,000, according to Landry Hearn with the Marshall County Relay committee.
This year’s theme is “Making Every Day a Holiday From Cancer.”
A best campsite decoration contest will be held with judges from out of town.
The Relay committee is still looking for entertainers who can sing and/or play music. Schools and churches are encouraged to register their choirs or bands. Gospel, country, and blues groups are also encouraged to provide entertainment. To volunteer as an entertainment soloist or team, call Lisa Liddy at 252-3842, 252-2285 or 274-4083.
Bank night is May 31. Team checks can be delivered to the Relay committee at City Hall.
The Relay runs from 6 p.m. Friday, June 8, until 6 a.m. Saturday, June 9.
“We invite everyone in the community to take part in the Relay For Life,” Connie Mason said. “Where else can you show your enthusiasm for such an important cause by creating outrageous team themes, decorating campsites, and playing games all night?”
Money raised from the event supports American Cancer Society research, education, advocacy and patient services.
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