Goals set for annual fund raiser

Tue, 03/28/2006 - 4:14pm
By: The Citizen

Improved parking and less traffic congestion are not the only goals that the Relay For Life officials have set for the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life – Fayette County.  The officials and organizers have set a goal for the May 5th event of $490,000.

The announcement of the goal comes after last year’s event raised $479,986.00.  Event Chairperson, Cathy Gailey feels that the goal is well within the reach of the 140 teams that are scheduled to participate. Teams are currently registering and determining how they will use this year’s theme of Celebrating For a Cure to decorate their tent sites and raise funds for the annual event. The event features entertainment, games, food and merchandise to purchase by the general public and event participants. 

Relay For Life is a fund raiser to raise money to fund research and development towards patient treatment and finding a cure for cancer. Teams of 10 - 15 people join together to raise money through pledges, selling homemade merchandise, food, or providing a service to those who participate in the night long event. Relay For Life is also about honoring those who have survived cancer and celebrating life with them. The event features cancer survivors as torch bearers, as honored guests, and gives them an opportunity to receive fellowship from other survivors. 

Last year’s spectacular turnout at Relay caused some unexpected issues with parking and traffic.  This year’s Relay Organizing Committee has worked hard to correct those issues for this year.  Special parking volunteers have been recruited to organize fairground parking and will direct participants and spectators to auxiliary parking at White Water High School. Electronic traffic signs will help direct traffic on Highway 85 and will notify patrons when the fairground parking becomes full. Cancer Survivors will be given priority parking passes right on the fairground site and will be assisted, when needed, by golf cart chauffeurs. 

For more information on how to be a part of Relay For Life, please contact Nychelle Williams, Senior Community Manager of the American Cancer Society, Fayette County at 770-460-8920.     

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