2012-05-16 / Front Page

Relay For Life set for Friday night

By Anne Marie Kyzer

Hundreds will lose sleep on Friday night to help win the battle against cancer.

The 2012 Relay For Life of Burke County is set to kick off at 6 p.m. as teams begin their overnight fundraising effort to benefit the American Cancer Society. The event, which is themed Reggae Relay, will be held at the Mr. Golf Carts warehouse facility (formerly Perfection- Schwank) on East Sixth Street in Waynesboro. Some 27 teams have been raising money for months, collecting more than $17,000 already and hoping to more than triple that amount by Relay’s end.

The event will get started with the opening ceremonies followed by the Survivors Lap, offering survivors a chance to circle the track in celebration of what they’ve overcome.

After dark, the Luminaria Ceremony will bring together participants as they walk the track illuminated by the bags in remembrance of those who have lost their battle with cancer.

Plenty of activities, contests and entertainment are on tap throughout the evening both on and off the track. Gobs of good eats will also be for sale, from sno-cones to shish kabobs and barbeque to low country boil, to raise even more funds.

Last year, Burke County raised more than $58,000 and honored 76 cancer survivors at its Relay.

2012 RELAY FOR LIFE

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS 6 p.m. Opening Ceremony, including Silent Testimony and Survivor Lap, Caregiver Lap and Team Laps 7:30 p.m. Entertainment begins, including Blakeney Honor Chorus, Anointed Creation Dance Team, Girls Rock Step Team from Burke County Middle School/Step Team from BCMS 9:30 Luminaria Service 10 p.m. Road to Recovery Contest and Lap – Sponsored by: First National 11 p.m. Look Good Feel Better- Blindfolded makeup contest – Sponsored by: Blakeney Elementary 12 a.m. Midnight Madness – Sponsored by: Citizens of GA Power Waynesboro 1 a.m. Beach Party – Sponsored by: Burke County Middle School 2 a.m. 80s Music – Sponsored By: Plant Vogtle 3 a.m. Friday Night Fever! Disco Party, Relay Style – Sponsored By: oneCare 4 a.m. Aerobics Pancake Breakfast 5 a.m. Fight Back Ceremony (awards and closing)

*Admission to the event will begin at 6 p. m. All team members, cancer survivors, caregivers, families and other supporters will be admitted at no charge. However, children ages 17 and under who are not attending the event with their family or participating as a member of a team will be charged $10 and will not be allowed to remain at the event past 10 p. m.

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