“Can you believe it?” Brown County Relay for Life Co-Chairman Alice Salazar told the planning committee Tuesday. “It’s going to happen!”
Team captains for this weekend’s American Cancer Society Relay for Life met over lunch to finalize plans for the overnight fund-raiser at Gordon Wood Stadium beginning at 6 p.m. Friday.
“We’ve been working since January, and all of a sudden, it’s here,” Salazar said.
The Relay for Life will, for its 11th year here, attract hundreds of walkers, joggers and runners to Cap Shelton Track inside the stadium as they raise funds for the American Cancer Society. Officials said 41 teams have registered, topping last year’s count of 40.
Teams and sponsors will also conduct a host of onsite fund-raisers by teams at the stadium, supplementing a series of other fund-raisers that have already been conducted.
“We’ll have more onsite fund-raisers than ever before,” Salazar said.
At least 27 individual games following the theme of The Game of Life — or more, appropriately, The Game for Life — have been scheduled for the evening.
At least $23,000 has already been raised, the planning committee was told Tuesday, and more funds that have been committed have yet to be turned in. Last year, over $70,000 was raised by the time all the donations were received.
“You run the best Relay in our district, by far,” Mac MacArthur, regional field representative from the ACS Region 16 office in Abilene, told the committee Tuesday.
The Relay for Life is scheduled to run from 6 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Saturday, with numerous games and activities scheduled throughout the night.
The busy schedule though will come to a halt at 10 p.m. when the emotional ceremony involving luminaries provided in honor or memory of family and friends with cancer will be held. The lights will go dark in the stadium, and names of those honored will be read. Luminaries will be available for purchase during the early hours of the Relay Friday.
Tammy Robinson, the other co-chair, said T-shirts for the Relay have been received and sorted.
Wanda Thacker, whose team raised the most money at last year’s Relay, said informal CD recordings made of the band her late husband Dennis led when he was an entertainer will be available. Dennis died in February 2006. He has been memorialized by an award presented to the team raising the most funds for the Relay for Life — the Dennis Thacker Memorial Award.
“You have done awesome,” Salazar told the committee. “You’ve just been phenomenal.”