Thursday, June 2, 2011
Relay For Life sets $70,000 goal
By SUE WATSON
Marshall County Relay For Life is set for 6 p.m. Friday, June 10, at Sam Coopwood Park in Holly Springs.
Thirty-three teams are signed up to try to raise $70,000 this year, said Connie Mason, co-chair of the Relay For Life Committee.
The committee held its survivor’s reception May 16 in Potts Camp and May 23 in Byhalia in order to reach out to more survivors, she said. The final survivors’ reception will be held in Holly Springs June 6. Contact Mason, 662-252-4807, for the location.
There is a great need for individuals, groups, choirs, performers and churches to sign on to provide entertainment for the event. Contact Mason at the number above, Linda Wilson, co-chair, at 662-252-4706, or anyone on the committee. The event is less than two weeks away.
Survivors and teams are to be ready under the tents at 6 p.m. with the survivors’ kick-off lap to begin at about 7 p.m. or just before dark. The event closes at 6 a.m. Saturday, June 11.
Competitions for first- and second-place trophies include Best Camp Site, Most Money Raised, and the Sunrise award for the team that has the most members at sunrise, Mason said.
Marshall County Relay raised about $50,000 last year. Marshall County held its first Relay in 1999, Mason said. She served on the City of Holly Springs Relay team led by Sandra Young, Lisa Liddy and herself.
Mason then became a key organizer yearly after joining the Relay committee in about 2003. She has been the go-to person on the committee since. There are about 40 members of the organizing committee who do all the background organizing for the annual benefit to raise money for the American Cancer Society’s most visible annual fund-raiser nationwide.
Luminaria are available in a range of prices and can be purchased in the memory or honor of a person living or deceased. They can be purchased in advance from any committee or team member or purchased on the night of the Relay. Prices are $10 for a white bag, $25 for a silver bag and $50 for a gold bag. Mason said the committee prefers luminaria be bought in advance to help volunteers have the bags ready in time for the 9 p.m. candlelight memorial service.
Teams and team contacts signed on this year are the following – Alliance HealthCare (Katie Hamer), Asbury United Methodist Church (Conery DeBerry), Beta Sigma Phi – Beta Babes (Lisa Liddy), Big Star Baggers (Frances Thomas), Byhalia Area Chamber of Commerce (Sarah Sawyer), Cancer Missionaries (Elaine Watson), Christians for a Cancer Cure (Carolyn Hewlett), Delta Sigma Theta Sorority (Maureen Jones), Holly Springs MC Rust Club (Landry Hearn), ICS Head Start (Jaqueline Mora), Merchants and Farmers Bank (Kathy Ritts), Marshall County Tax Collector’s/Assessor’s Office (Bettina Hardin), Mt. Olive Baptist Church (Mable Lester), Mt. Pisgah CME Church (Linda Wilson), Mt. Comfort Church (Jennifer Ingram), Newell Chapel C.M.E. Church (Jacqueline Lewis), Parker’s Walkers (Christie Humphrey), Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. (Henry Hood), Powell Chapel Lodge (Jairus Leasure), Reid’s Gift M.B. Church (Jessica Campbell), Sons of Blood & Thunder – Omega Psi Phi (Ishmell Edwards), St. Paul CME Church (Brenda Falkner), The Believers’ Team (Mary Lewis), The Rayford and Sanderson All Stars (Gracie Echols), The Survivors – Trinity Mission Health and Rehab of Holly Springs (Rener Shafer), Town of Byhalia (Teresa Turner), Trinity Mission Health and Rehab of Great Oaks (Lanita Pugh), Tropical Thunder - Marshall County Sheriff’s Office (Bernita Fountain), Union Valley M.B. Church (Gracie Echols), Zeta Phi Beta (Eva Lay), Byhalia Area Paint the Town Purple Merchants, Cargill Animal Nutrition (Karen Broadway) and Walmart Supercenter (Shreda Jeffries).
Ask to join any team as a volunteer and participate as a team member.
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