Annual Relay For Life event this Saturday
By Sara Swann
On Saturday, June 21, the Greenbrier County Relay For Life event will take place at Modlin Field, beside the Greenbrier Valley Medical Center. Registration for participants starts at 10 a.m. and the event kickoff will be at 11 a.m.
Eighteen teams welcome the public to participate in various activities costing $5 each throughout the entire duration of the event. Games include a dunk tank, photo booth, face painting, cornhole tournament, frozen T-shirt game, Kiddie Korral, balloon pop, duck pond, and scrabble game. Also, live entertainment will be performing at the event all day.
Cancer survivors can register for the survivor ceremony at the purple tent starting at 5 p.m. The survivor ceremony will start at 6 p.m. and includes guest speakers, a poem reading and a balloon release. Finally, the survivors will all walk one lap around the track as the names of those honored and remembered are projected on a large screen. Food for the ceremony will be provided by When Pigs Fly and Jim’s Drive-In.
The Miss Relay Pageant, part of the Look Good, Feel Better program, will start at 7:30 p.m. Male volunteers who are willing to wear wigs and dresses are needed for this event.
All day every booth will be selling luminary bags for $5 to decorate in honor and remembrance of loved ones. The luminary ceremony will begin at 9 p.m.
Participants of any and all events are asked to bring three cans of nonperishable food. The cans will be placed inside the luminary bags and then donated to the local food pantries.
Throughout the year the teams have been raising money to donate to the American Cancer Society with a goal of $45,000. Currently the Greenbrier County Relay For Life organization has raised $35,000. All proceeds from Saturday’s event will go toward their final goal so the public is encouraged to come out and support the cause.
The American Cancer Society is dedicated to saving lives and creating a world with less cancer and more birthdays. For more information about American Cancer Society programs in this area, call 877-707-7150.
For more information about this Saturday’s Relay For Life event contact Melissa Chambers, event chair, at 304-646-0105 or Lynn Massie at 304-661-0814.