There's an old saying that says, “Good things come to those who wait.” Well, the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life now has a new date. Organizers have set the new date for June 21-22.
The event will still be held at UACCH and everything from entertainment to the schedule of the events will remain the same, except the Survivor's Reception, which was held the night of the original Relay, which was attended by some 100 survivors and family and friends.
The Survivor's Lap will still be held at 6 p.m. and survivors will receive a few little goodies to get them started on the right track. Survivors are reminded to wear survivor t-shirts.
There are more than 40 teams and 40 sponsors for this year's event.
“This way, with the Relay postponed, we can concentrate on more fundraisers for the event and raising even more money,” Jessie Lewis, co-chair of the event, said.
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 June 21-22 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.