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2011 Relay For Life a walk to remember PDF Print E-mail
Written by Holyoke Enterprise   

Phillips County Relay For Life is “10 on the 10th,” celebrating a decade of Relay events Friday-Saturday, June 10-11 at Phillips County Courthouse Square in Holyoke.

Relay team members and cancer survivors will join together for hundreds of laps around the courthouse to remember the lives of those lost and celebrate those who have overcome their battle with cancer.

For this year’s “Seasons of Hope” event, 13 teams have raised money for Relay For Life and the American Cancer Society.

Since Relay’s birth in Phillips County in 2002, county residents have raised over $400,000—something Phillips County can certainly be proud of! Money raised this year will increase that total and further the county’s impact on cancer research.

The 2011 Relay kicks off Friday night at 6 p.m. with a community meal. Everyone is invited to attend, and those who are not team members or cancer survivors are asked to give a freewill donation. Mountain Railroad will provide entertainment during the meal.

Opening ceremonies begin at 7 p.m. with a welcome from Phillips County Relay committee chairmen Doug Kamery and Steve Young. Marcia Dalton and Kamery will be this year’s emcees, and Keith Hudiburgh will give the invocation.

In celebration of the 10th Relay For Life, cancer survivors who were at the first Relay in 2002 will be honored during the opening ceremonies. Relay committee members from the past 10 years will also be recognized. Survivors and committee members who know they will be there should call Kamery at 466-2119.

Local entertainment will take the stage, located on the north side of the Courthouse Square, throughout the evening.

The annual Luminaria Ceremony starts at 9 p.m. with “In Memory of” and “In Honor of” readings followed by a silent memory lap. Luminaria can be purchased prior to Relay by calling Dana Warren at 854-5016 or from 3-8 p.m. at the courthouse on Friday.

The highly anticipated “Caked,” sponsored by the Grainland team, will take place at 9:45 p.m., and one community member will find themselves getting a cake in the face. Musical chairs scavenger hunt will follow.

Youth are encouraged to stick around for Fear Factor activities beginning at 11 p.m.

Other upbeat team building games start at midnight including “Minute To Win It” games, the M&M relay, sack lunch relay, fun dances around the track, goldfish cracker throw and the egg toss.

Individual teams will also be hosting a variety of activities and fund-raisers at their campsites throughout the night. Don’t forget the Relay Store will also be open Friday and Saturday.

For those who last through the night, a breakfast will be available for teams, sponsors and survivors at 6 a.m.

After cleanup, closing ceremonies will begin at 7 a.m. Saturday. Cancer survivors will be special guests, and individuals and teams will be recognized for their efforts. Awards will be given for team parade entries, campsites, team spirit, most money raised by teams/individuals and team batons.

One final lap by survivors and team members will conclude the 10th Annual Phillips County Relay For Life.

Holyoke Enterprise June 9, 2011