It is time to attend Atascosa County’s biggest block party, Relay For Life, this Saturday and Sunday, April 6-7.
One of the area’s most successful events 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 a circus theme, Celebrate Under the Big Top.
The opening ceremony begins at 7:00 p.m. but teams will be assembling as early as 3 p.m.
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.
Ongoing entertainment, games and contests will feature: Scavenger Hunt, Musical Chairs, Toilet Paper Hike, Mr. Relay, Relay Olympics, Speed Walking Relay, Marshmallow Toss, Best Newspaper Outfit, Bobblehead, Themed Laps – Purple Out, Clown & Pajamas; Balloon Pop, Hula Hoops, Zumba, Toilet Paper Mummy, Yoga, Purple Glove Flash Mob, Trivia Questions, Scrabble Laps and lots more throughout the night.
Team Items Needed
Items to have on hand to participate in entertainment events are:
•Purple attire for the “purple out” lap
•Clown attire for clown lap
•Pajamas for pajama lap
•Purple gloves (decorated?) (Relay will provide some, but can’t guarantee to have enough)
•Tape for newspaper outfits
•Tennis shoes (for workout times, and some Olympic events)
•Participant and outfit for Mr. Relay
All Olympic Games
Olympic events are noted on the program and will be announced throughout the night. Each event will have a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winning team who receive points.
At the end of all Olympic events, the scores will be tallied for an overall 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.
The overall winning teams will have the following amounts added to their team totals by the Relay accountant: 1st place team- $250; 2nd place team- $150; 3rd place team-$100
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: Amber Zellweger, Committee Chair, Cheryl Northcott, Laura Marsh, Jessi Brymer, David Wickersham, Kara Luna, Sheri Zellweger, Gail Dale, Traci Page, Kristy David and John Pish – Community Manager, American Cancer Society.
2013 Relay Entertainment Lineup
(Times and events tentative)
7:00-8:00 Opening Ceremony including Survivor Lap/ Caregiver Lap
10:00-Kick Off Entertainment
Themed Lap- Purple out
10:15-Relay Olympics Speed Walking Relays (4 participants per team, heats if needed)
Scavenger Hunt Musical Chairs
Toilet Paper Hike (2 participants per team, one turn per participant)
11:00- Camp Site Contest Winners Announced
12:00- “Fight Back Ceremony” Fit 180
Marshmallow Toss (no limit on participants)
1:30-Newspaper Outfit Contest (newspaper provided, 1 outfit per team, no premade outfits)
Bobblehead (2 participants per team, one turn per participant)
Themed Lap- Pajamas
Balloon Pop (4 participants per team)
Hula Hoops Toss (2 participants per team, one turn per participant)
3:30- Zumba- Fit 180
Toilet Paper Mummy (1-2 participants per team)
Scavenger Hunt Musical Chairs
5:15- Yoga-Fit 180
6:00 Sunrise Service
The strength of a successful fundraiser also comes from the community and their sponsorships. This year’s sponsors are: Cafe Chris, Padron Enterprises, Inc., A Rey of Flowers, Pyron’s, Reliable Title Company, Building Blocks Pediatrics, Law Office of Megan Harkins, Rakowitz Engineering and Surveying, In Memory of Laura Hobbs, In Memory of John A Kaler, Sr., Sheri Zellweger, Realtor, Brush Country Dental Center, Security State Bank, JW Hughes Excavation, Inc., D.E. Inc., Hurley Family And Staff, HEB, CDI Technology Services, BLACKHAWK, Atascosa Hospital Association Auxiliary, Federal Management Solutions, Subway, Jourdanton ISD, Pleasanton Express, Andrade-Buick, South Texas Regional Medical Center and Wal-Mart.
Team Captains Info
• 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 Team Night will be held Thursday, April 4, 2013 from 6:00 pm at Gateway Church in Pleasanton, TX. This will be your chance to turn in money raised and get your team t-shirts.