About a dozen Relay for Life volunteers gathered over lunch Tuesday to beginning planning for this year’s event.

“We’re hoping to have 1,000 participants,” co-chair Tammy Robinson said. “Since we’re starting so early, there’s no doubt we can do it.”

Co-chair Alice Salazar said even though the event is still four months away, it’s not too early to begin seeking contribution commitments.

Committee leadership was also discussed at the meeting.

“We need to start talking Relay,” she told the group. “All of the hard work comes before it. It ran very smooth last year, and it will go smooth this year.”

“It will go even smoother,” Robinson added.

The 2007 Relay for Life is set for June 1-2 at Gordon Wood Stadium.

Last year’s Brown County Relay for Life raised more than $74,000 for the American Cancer Society, and volunteers said Tuesday that $100,000 is not too ambitious a goal for 2007.

Planners discussed a variety of themes for booths, saying it needed to be broad enough to give flexibility to groups and individuals who sponsor them. The concept of “board games” drew some interest, but no firm decision was made.

The Relay for Life is the American Cancer Society’s signature event that honors cancer survivors, remembers the lives of those who have died and raises funds for research and programs.