Purple will be the color of the hour as the 14th annual Relay for Life kicks off Friday at the University of Arkansas Community College at Hope campus.
Purple will be the color of the hour as the 14th annual Relay for Life kicks off Friday at the University of Arkansas Community College at Hope campus. Over 40 teams and sponsors will gather on the front parking lot of the college and will have booths set up for each team. Each booth will be judged for the best decorated team booth contest. That's not the only contest going on that night—a Crazy Hat contest and a Spirit Stick contest is also planned. The event begins at 5 p.m. with a Survivor's Reception in the UACCH Student Center. All survivors of cancer are encouraged to come out and celebrate another birthday. Opening ceremonies kick off the Relay with the survivor's lap beginning the walk. Before the survivor's lap, a welcome will be given by Hope Mayor Dennis Ramsey, the presentation of the colors will be given by the Hope Boy Scout Color Guard, the National Anthem will be performed by Marla Matthews, and the invocation will be given by the Rev. Jessie Henry. After the invocation, introduction of the teams and sponsors will take place and introduction of the survivors will be held. During the early evening, luminaries will be on sale to honor survivors or remember those who have ended their fight with cancer. The luminaries will be lit in special ceremonies from 9-10 p.m. Friday. The schedule for the Friday-Saturday event includes: Friday, 6-7 p.m., the Survivor Walk Kickoff will be held. 7-8 p.m., an auction and a Crazy Hat lap will be held. 8-9 p.m., a Spirit Stick Lap, including all teams will be held. 9-10 p.m., luminaries will be lit. 10-10:20 p.m., Super 1 Foods has the entertainment stage. 10:20 p.m.- 11 p.m., Greg Gilbert will perform. Friday, Saturday, 11 a.m.-2p.m., Christian Cisneros, D. J. will be rocking the Relay. 2-3 a.m., John Mosley will perform. 3-5 a.m., a movie will be shown in the Johnny Rapert Library Auditorium on campus. 5-7 a.m., Clean up and closing of the event. The Relay for Life is sponsored by the American Cancer Society and this year's goal is $70,000. Last year's proceeds topped $120,000.