2013 Relay for Life final details underway
The Jefferson County Relay for Life organizers and team members are making final plans for the 2013 relay set from noon to midnight May 4 at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds.
“Plan to come and join us in the fight against cancer,” said organizer Kortney Heald. “There will be activities for all ages throughout the day, with an emphasis on ceremonies, entertainment and activities from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., finished off with a campfire, complete with hot dogs, S’mores and hot cocoa until midnight.”
A complete schedule of the relay events will be advertised in an upcoming issue of The Fairfield Ledger, she added.
Heald is currently seeking cancer survivors to be honored with a meal and a ceremony during the relay at the fairgrounds. The meal is set for 5:30 p.m., followed by the ceremony at 6:30 p.m.
“If you have participated in the past or would like to and are a survivor, but have not been contacted, please contact Cathy [Giberson] at 919-0565 for more information or to register,” said Heald, adding the registration deadline for the meal is Thursday.
Heald added anyone planning to donate items for the survivor meal also should contact Giberson by phone or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Heald also is seeking volunteers for the children’s games planned during the relay.
“You don’t have to do any planning for organizing; it will all be done for you,” she said. “We need teams or committee members willing to help with the games [and watch over the bounce house]. You may help for 15 minutes, half hour or even an hour if you want. We just really need some volunteers this year.”
She also is looking for volunteers interested in putting some “purple power” up around town the last week of April to draw attention to the relay.
“As the 2013 relay approaches, we are reminded of the community’s generous outpouring of support for the 2012 Relay for Life,” said Heald. “Raising more than $78,000 — $13,000 over our goal — left us speechless and so appreciative of each corporate and team sponsor, those that supported team fundraising efforts and those who gave through luminarias, quilt raffle tickets, cookbooks and those that gave miscellaneous donations.”
This year, the American Cancer Society has set the Jefferson County Relay for Life fundraising goal at $72,000.
Several of this year’s 23 relay teams are planning fundraising opportunities leading up to the May 4 relay.
MidWestOne Bank is selling bottles of water for $1, and holding a bake sale every Friday until the relay at its branch on the west side of town.
First National Bank of Fairfield is selling raffle tickets for a Pandora pink woven bracelet until the relay. Tickets are one for $2 or three for $5.
The Fairfield Clinic relay team is holding a silent auction for four differently themed baskets: gardening; spa; movie time; and chocolate. The baskets are on display at the clinic for bidding today).
The Cropper Walkers relay team will have a tip night from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday at Pizza Ranch.
Family Ties is planning a pajama day Thursday at Pence Elementary School. Each student who donates $1 will be able to wear pajamas to school.
Fairfield resident Amy Johnson has organized a Cancer Cruise Night Saturday. Anyone who wants to participate should meet at 5 p.m. in the Jefferson County Health Center parking lot to cruise to Burlington for dinner at The Drake and a possible stop at Catfish Bend Casino. The fee is $20 from each vehicle. For information and registration, call Johnson at 233-7955.
Frosty’s Flock relay team is hosting a lasagna dinner from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Packwood Christian Church. The lasagna dinner also will include a salad bar and a dessert bar. A freewill offering will be collected to benefit the American Cancer Society through the Jefferson County Relay for Life.
Young Relay For Life team members Dillan and Kaitlyn Post from Families Ties and Hunter and James Bechtel from Cancer Exterminators will be hosting a tip night from 5-8 p.m. April 29 at Pizza Ranch to raise money for the American Cancer Society. Flyers can be obtained from the Facebook event page or by calling Cynthia Post at 472-1404 or Dawn Bechtel at 919-2209. Relay for Life calendars, quilt raffle tickets and cookbooks also will be available for purchase during the tip night.
Heald said anyone interested in purchasing luminaria, a cookbook or quilt raffle tickets can call her at 319-695-3820, organizer Jean Keller at 472-2178 or any relay team member. The items also will be available at the relay event May 4.
According to Heald, 47 Iowans hear the words “you have cancer” each day.
The American Cancer Society has made great strides in the fight against cancer, she continued.
“Your donations not only help fund research, but also finance the Hope Lodge, a place for patients to go while undergoing treatment at no cost,” Heald said. “It may help a cancer patient receive treatment medication through a courier because they aren’t able to leave their home. They provide an abundance of information for cancer patients regarding their type of cancer and where to find the help they need. Having cancer is hard; finding help shouldn’t be.”
Heald said there is still time for businesses, groups, families and individuals to become involved in, volunteer for or donate to the 2013 Jefferson County Relay for Life. She and Keller can be contacted for information.