“Finish the Fight “was the theme for Friday night’s Relay for Life at Nunley Stadium, with almost 50 exhibitors displaying the fighting spirit. All banded together with one purpose in mind — fighting cancer.
Motlow State Community College’s Phi Theta Kappa members worked hard to knock out cancer with a cage fight, allowing participants to take a few punches at a mannequin. River Park Hospital had a similar display, with team members wearing shirts saying “Finish the Fight!”
Opening ceremonies started at 7 p.m. with the popular survivors’ lap. Hundreds joined in for the ceremonial lap around the track.
A live auction was held on stage at 8 p.m. with several interesting items up for grabs. Many unique quilts were available to the highest bidder, as well as a hot water heater from McMinnville Electric System, lamps, bamboo chairs, a patriotic basket filled with goodies, designer purses, and even a cast iron skillet.
Luminarias purchased in honor or in memory of individuals were placed around the track, and held in place with canned food items that were donated to the Warren County Food Bank. They were lit at 10 p.m., providing a poignant moment for attendees.
Jarden Consumer Solutions possibly had one of the most unique items for purchase - solid coconut oil. Even though the product has been around for years, many consumers are just now learning about the benefits of it. They offered samples of foods prepared with the oil, as well as a sample to be applied to the skin.
Walmart employees decided to have a little fun with their team, sporting superhero costumes. The group donned Ninja Turtle, Captain America, Bat Girl and Green Lantern attire in their hopes to “Finish the Fight.”
“We held bake sales, hosted a dinner and a yard sale to raise money, but tonight we are raising awareness and having fun,” said team member Joni Cade.
Warren County’s Relay for Life raised over $145,000 last year, and hopes are high that will be surpassed this year after all the donations come in.