Relay for Life scheduled in Fulton County
Posted: Tuesday, May 24, 2011 9:02 pm
By: Chris Menees, Staff Reporter
By CHRIS MENEES
Fighting cancer will be a walk in the park in just 10 days in downtown Fulton.
The Relay for Life of Fulton County, Ky., will kick off the evening of June 3 and run through early June 4 at Pontotoc Park.
Relay for Life is billed as a fun-filled overnight event designed to celebrate survivorship and raise money for research and programs of the American Cancer Society. During the event, teams of people gather at schools, fairgrounds or parks and take turns walking or running laps. Each team tries to keep at least one team member on the track at all times.
So far, 15 teams have signed up to participate in Fulton County’s Relay for Life to raise funds toward this year’s goal of $37,250, according to an event spokesman.
The event will be preceded by a survivor dinner at 4 p.m. June 3, followed by opening ceremonies at 6 p.m. at the park in downtown Fulton. The survivor lap will start at 6:30 and the parade of teams at 6:45.
Other activities for the full night of fun will include an auction from 7-8 p.m.; “Relay’s Got Talent” at 8, featuring music by Jay Black, Justin Williams, Dallas Virgin and Sara Collier during the hour; a luminary ceremony at 9; “Dude Looks Like a Lady” womanless revue at 10; “Paper Me Fashionable” from 10:30-11; a scavenger hunt at 11; and “Minute to Win It” and other team activities at 11:30.
Going into the wee hours of June 4, activities will include “Jam with the Air Band” at 2 a.m., with participants asked to bring their own props, followed by a dance party at 3.
Clean-up will begin at 4 a.m. June 4 and the closing ceremony will get under way at 5 that morning.
Luminaries are still available for the Friday night luminary ceremony and may be purchased as a symbol of hope in memory or in honor of a loved one, as well as in support of a caregiver. Each will be personalized with the name of the person being remembered or honored and they will line the park’s track during the ceremony.
Organizers request a minimum donation of $5 per luminary and donations may be credited to a specific team. Luminary payment and information may be sent to Wanda Sandling, 8317 East Pierce Station Road, South Fulton, TN 38257.
For more information about Fulton County’s Relay for Life, contact ACS representative Pam Whittemore by e-mail at Pam.Whittemore@cancer.org.
Staff Reporter Chris Menees may be contacted by e-mail at email@example.com.
Published in The Messenger 5.24.11