Warren countians have been big supporters in the past of Relay for Life, an event which is committed to raising money to help find a cure for cancer.
This Friday’s Relay 2014 event seems to be gearing up as bigger and better than ever, according to organizer Sharon Walker.
“This year’s theme is Finish the Fight,” said Walker. “We have right at 50 teams lined up to participate and all kinds of fun stuff going on.”
Relay for Life will take place Friday, June 6, at Nunley Stadium, located adjacent to Warren County Middle School. Food and games will start at 5 p.m.
“We will have all kinds of delicious food and all kinds of games and entertainment for the family,” said Walker.
Food booths in the past served all sorts of different foods including fried fish dinners, beans and cornbread, BBQ, hamburgers and hotdogs, stuffed potatoes and Hawaiian chicken kabobs.
Walker said opening ceremonies begin at 7 p.m.
“We will begin Relay the way we always have with the survivors’ lap at 7 p.m. All cancer survivors are asked to join in the walk. Following the survivors’ lap, we will have opening ceremonies,” said Walker.
A live auction will occur on the stage beginning at 8 p.m. Items to be auctioned include homemade quilts, crafts, a John Deere bicycle with training wheels, a Louis Vuitton purse, a Coach purse, concert tickets, vacation rentals and baked goods.
“One of teams made a tree wall hanging from thumbprints of survivors who attended the survivor’s dinner earlier in the year. That is beautiful and is a really special piece that will be auctioned off as well,” said Walker.
The stadium lights will go dim at 10 p.m. and the only illumination at that time will come from luminarias lit in memory of a loved one who lost the battle with cancer or in honor of someone presently fighting the disease.
The lighting ceremony is a solemn part of the evening as approximately 500 luminarias are lit each year.
Luminarias can be purchased for $10 each from now up until Friday night. The names of each person on a luminaria will be read aloud the night of Relay.
“We want to encourage people to bring canned food to sit inside the luminarias. The cans will hold the candles and the food is donated to Warren County Food Bank. We donate about 500 cans by doing this. We are really proud Relay can help another cause as well,” said Walker.
Relay for Life teams have been raising money for this year’s event since the day after Relay 2013. Many have held car washes and dinners, sold T-shirts and held a “Dancing with Our Stars” contest, among other things. Over $145,000 was raised in Warren County in 2013 for the fight against cancer.