One of the most successful events in Atascosa County, Relay For Life, happens this Saturday and Sunday, April 28-29.
The relay will be held once again at the Jourdanton Indian Stadium. Relay For Life is a fundraising effort for the American Cancer Society where stadiums across the country are transformed into huge block parties with folks sharing a common bond of raising money to help find a cure for cancer. This year’s theme is “Celebrations”.
The opening ceremony begins at 7:00 p.m. but teams will be assembling as early as 3 p.m.
Sponsorship Chair for this year is Will Brown. “Relay For Life is a fantastic event to celebrate the life of our friends and neighbors who are fighting cancer, as well as honor those who have succumbed to this horrible disease. Relay for Life not only raises awareness, but also much needed funds for the American Cancer Society to help the residents of Atascosa County reduce cancer risks,” said Brown.
While it may be too late to raise funds ahead of time for the event, many can still benefit the group’s efforts by buying luminarias to honor cancer survivors or to memorialize cancer victims and to support each groups fundraising efforts.
Even if you are not on a team, organizers encourage you to come visit and help the fundraising efforts that will take place throughout the evening. Silent auctions, food, face painting, etc. will be sold. Everyone is welcome to come and experience this worthy cause.
The Relay For Life concept involves walking around a track – with team members helping – and getting sponsors or raising funds on their own. It happens throughout the night because cancer never sleeps.New Event
There is also a new event this year. Relay for Relay. It is a 20K relay run where four people can run 5K (or one person runs the whole 20 kilometers). It begins at 8 a.m. at the stadium and you may register online by visiting relay.acsevents.org. Or you can also contact Jessi at 830-570-0658 or Kristy at 830-570-3100.
Ongoing entertainment, games and contests will feature: Scavenger Hunt, Musical Chairs, Relay Olympics, Speed Walking, Water Balloon Toss, Bean Bag Toss, Dizzy Bat, Pillowcase Race, Hula Hoops, Tug-o-War, Limbo), Trivia Questions, Marshmallow Golf, Themed Laps, The Gym Body Combat and Body Flow, Newspaper Outfit Contest, Purple Glove dances followed by themed laps such as Tutus, Pajamas, Crazy socks and lots more throughout the night.
The following groups have signed up to sell various items. All Night For The Fight – chopped BBQ sandwiches, Frito Pies, peach cobbler with ice cream. Hamburgers; Pink Angels – hamburgers and fajitas; Team ETC – Lap Necklace and tickets for a drawing; HEB – desserts and cold drinks; Ride for a Cure – glow lights and toys, a chance to win a basket full of goodies, coffee & hot chocolate; Olga’s Angels – hot dogs & chili, nachos, pickles, snocones, cold drinks and baked goods; All Night For The Fight -caps and earrings; STRMC – breakfast tacos, massages.
Be sure to bring money so you can support the onsite fundraising events.
Locate Luminaria table to donate $5.00 towards a candle in honor/memory of a cancer patient. Luminaria bags can be decorated.
Team money can be turned in at the home concession stand at the following times: registration, 10 p.m., 1 a.m., and 4 a.m.
Of course with any event, there are folks out there and behind the scenes to make sure it all happens smoothly. They are:Gail Dale, Accounting & Online Chair; Jessi Brymer and Kristi David, Activities & Entertainment Chairs; Cheryl Northcott & Laura Marsh, Silent Auction Chairs; Traci Page, Luminaria Chair; David Wickersham, Publicity Chair; Will Brown, Sponsorship; Charlotte Ramsey, Chuck Ramsey, Sandra Lerma, Survivor Chairs; Amber Sellweger, Teams’ Chair; John Pish, Staff & Acting Event Chair.
The strength of a successful fundraiser also comes from the community and their sponsorships. This year’s main sponsors are:
South Texas Regional Medical Center, The Gym, Brush Country Dental Center, HEB, Security Service Federal, Credit Union, Atascosa Hospital Association Auxiliary , Hurley Funeral Homes, Inc., Sheri Zellweger, Realtor; Martin Abstract Company and Pleasanton Express.
Schedule of Events
3:00 pm – Team registration and access to field. (first
come, first served)
Luminaria sales begin
*Locate Luminaria table
to donate $5.00 towards a
candle in honor/memory of a
5:30 pm – Survivor’s Registration 6:00 pm – Silent Auction
7:00 pm – Opening Ceremony 7:15 pm – Survivors’/Caregivers’ Laps
7:25 pm – Survivors’/Caregivers’ Reception
7:30 pm – Teams’ Parade
7:35 pm – All Night Laps
8:15 pm – Tent site judging
8:45 pm – Luminaria Ceremony 10:00pm Kick Off Entertainment with a Purple Glove
Dance (ChaCha Slide) followed by Themed Lap- Crazy
10:15pm- Relay Olympics
Noted with: Lap around
the track to the Olympics’
10:15pm- Speed Walking
Relays (4 participants per
team, more than one heat if
necessary, 4 inside lanes of
track, rubber chickens for
10:45pm- Purple Glove
Dance (Macarena) followed by
Themed Lap- Tutus
11:00pm- Scavenger Hunt
11:15pm- Purple Glove
Dance (Fast Food Song)
11:30pm Marshmallow Golf
12:00am- “Fight Back Ceremony” Fit 180 Boot Camp-
Dance (Bunny Hop)
12:45am- Scavenger Hunt
1:00am Water Balloon Toss
(no limit on participants, toss
balloons, scoot back, last
team without a drop wins)
1:30am- Newspaper Outfit
Contest (make an outfit out
of newspaper, 1 per team, no
premade outfits, judges decide winner, individual prize)
2:00am Dizzy Bat (no limit
on participants, more than
one heat if necessary, place
head on bat, spin around,
2:15am- Purple Glove
Dance (Chicken Dance) followed by Themed Lap-Pajamas 2:30am Pillowcase Race (4
per team, exactly like sack
race, but with pillowcase,
more than one heat if necessary,) 3:00am Hula
Hoops(different age groups,
no limit on participants, hula
hoop as long as you can, last
one going wins)
3:30am- PAC- Zumba
4:00am Purple Glove Dance
(YMCA) followed by Themed
Lap- Crazy Socks
4:15am Tug-o-war (max 5
5:00am- Purple Glove
Dance (Chicken Dance)
5:30am- The Gym- Body
Flow 30 minutes
5:45 am – Closing Ceremony
• Each team should please bring a trash can
• Bring a long lighter to light the candles for the luminarias
• Help with the sales of the luminarias so that we can light the track
• Invite friends and family to attend the celebration even if only for a little while. Also encourage them to bid on auction items. You do not have to be present to win. Buy items to support Relay. Remember that your team auction item money will go to your overall team total.
• Set-up time starts at 3:00 and it will be first come first serve.
• Numbered flags will be on the field. Please bring the flag to the registration area to turn in and write down the flag number, team name and team captain. If the team is doing an on-site fundraiser, describe what is being sold so it may be announced.
Last Bank Night
The last Relay For Life Bank Night will be held Thursday, April 26, 2012 from 5:45 pm to 7:00 pm at STRMC in Jourdanton, TX