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Relay for Life planned May 6

Daddy Daughter Dance to be May 13
By Andy Hallman, Ledger news editor | Apr 28, 2017

Jefferson County Relay for Life will host a few fundraisers in the next two weeks.

The first is the organization’s marquee event, the annual Relay for Life that encourages participants to walk for a cure to cancer. This year’s fundraiser will be from 1-9 p.m. May 6 on the square.

The second event is the Ties & Tiaras Daddy Daughter Dance from 6-8 p.m. May 13 at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center. The dance is for children in preschool through sixth grade.

The Relay for Life begins with the opening ceremony at 1 p.m., followed by kids’ games at 2 p.m. Entertainment by Frosty starts at 4 p.m. The survivor check-in is at 4:30 p.m., followed by a live auction at 5 p.m.

The survivor ceremony starts at 6 p.m. Cancer survivors will take a lap around the square. The luminaria ceremony is at 8 p.m. Luminaries representing those who have battled cancer will be lighted at that time, and participants will then do a lap in their honor. The closing ceremony is at 8:45 p.m. HyVee and Sweet ‘n Saucy will serve food during the event, and the public restroom will be open.

Co-chair of the Relay for Life, Angela Berg, said the fundraising goal for the relay is $50,000. The money goes to the American Cancer Society.

Berg said she became involved in the relay through her job at First National Bank, which was one of the sponsors. Cancer has claimed the lives of her grandfather, a few aunts and an uncle.

“This is a cause that is very close to my heart,” she said. “I started going to meetings, and became more involved in the relay through the years. This is the first year I’ve been co-chair.”

The other co-chairs are Dawn Ridgeway Bechtel and Carrie Brownlee.

The relay will include raffling a quilt courtesy of Jean VanDenBroek and Fairfield Rotary. Tickets are $1 for one and $5 for six. The winner of the raffle will be announced at the summer barbecue Aug. 5 at Fairfield Friends Church.

The Daddy Daughter Dance is an opportunity for young girls to be escorted to a ball by their fathers, grandparents, uncles or any other special person who fits the role. The night will include music and refreshments.

Advance tickets are available for $25 per couple, and $5 for “each additional princess.” Tickets at the door are $30. The price includes the cost of a digital photo. A raffle for Gabby Ford will be drawn at the event.

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