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Relay for Life Friday

By Andy Hallman, Ledger news editor | Apr 30, 2018
Photo by: PHOTO COURTESY OF DAWN BECHTEL This quilt, made by Jean VanDenBroek, will be auctioned at 6:45 p.m. Friday during Relay for Life in Fairfield’s Central Park.

Jefferson County Relay for Life will hold its annual relay from 5-10 p.m. Friday in Fairfield’s Central Park.

The relay committee is partnering with Fairfield First Fridays and Fairfield Park and Rec to put on the event, which will include laps around the square and food from Sweet ‘N Saucy.

The Fairfield First Fridays portion of the evening will last from 6-9:30 p.m.

In the event of rain, Relay for Life’s activities will be moved to the Roosevelt Community Recreation Center.


Schedule of events

5 p.m. Relay starts

5:30 p.m. Cub Scout Pack 67 leads flag ceremony

6 p.m. Survivor ceremony

6:30 p.m. Survivor lap

6:45 p.m. Live auction

8:15 p.m. Luminaria ceremony

8:30 p.m. Luminaria lap

9:30 p.m. Closing ceremony

10 p.m. Final lap


Relay for Life’s Dawn Bechtel said the committee chose to piggyback on Fairfield First Fridays’ event because it would allow members of the public to partake in two events at once. Bechtel volunteers for relay because she’s lost a mother-in-law to cancer, a grandmother, and one of her mother’s best friends, Sandy Worley, for whom she organized a silent auction from 2011-2015.

“We hope we’ll raise enough money that we will not only extend people’s lives but to see the day when people never have to hear the words ‘you have cancer,’” Bechtel said.

The committee will sell T-shirts and other merchandise Friday to raise money. Members will sell fingerprints, and at the end of the night, a tree containing all manner of different colored fingerprints will be auctioned.

The live auction will include a quilt made by Jean VanDenBroek. VanDenBroek made another quilt, which the relay committee is selling raffle tickets for from now through Aug. 25. That day, the winner will be drawn at the summer barbecue at First United Methodist Church. Meal time will be from 6-7 p.m., with entertainment from 7-8 p.m. followed by a silent auction and the raffle drawing.

The public is invited to the summer barbecue. Each cancer survivor can bring a guest, and the two will eat for free.

Bechtel said Relay for Life has changed substantially over the years. It was once a 24-hour walk, which was reduced to 12 hours, then 10 hours and now to five. It used to be held at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds, but it’s been on the square the last few years.

“My goal is to make it the same time every year just like Kiwanis Kids’ Day,” Bechtel said. “I hope we continue to partner with Fairfield First Fridays so we can celebrate Relay for Life on the first Friday in May every year.”

Bechtel hopes fundraising will return to what it was years ago, too. One year, the committee raised as much as $80,000. In 2016, it raised about $41,000, and last year raised about $28,000.


Other fundraising events

The committee does a fundraising event once a month. So far, the committee has done:

January: Coaches vs. Cancer at high school athletic events

February: Daddy-daughter dance

March: Photo shoot with Easter Bunny

April: Nine-pine bowling tournament

Future events include:

May: Relay for Life Friday and citywide garage sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the 19th

June: A “prom for moms” on the 12th

July: Tupperware fundraiser

August: Barbecue on the 25th

September: Paint for a Cure, and garage sale on the 19th

October: Crop for a Cure (scrapbooking), and bowling tournament on the 6th

November: “Tip night wars” where businesses will compete over who can get the most tips while volunteering at pizza establishments in town

December: Santa photo shoot (one-third of this money goes to relay, one-third goes to gas cards for patients who have to travel and the other third goes to defray other hospital bills)





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