Relay for Life grand finale tonight

Published 12:00 am Thursday, May 4, 2006

The Selma Times-Journal

Relay for Life will wrap up its fundraising activities today with the grand finale walk/run.

The overnight event will take place at Memorial Stadium located on Dallas Avenue in Selma from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.

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A cancer survivors reception will be held at the stadium from 5 to 6 p.m. before the walk/run begins. A Luminary ceremony will take place at 9 p.m. with the lighting of candles in honor of cancer survivors and in memory of those who have passed on.

Dallas County took on the goal of trying to raise $92,000 for the American Cancer Society and the fundraiser consisted of 25 teams. Participants in the Relay for Life turned in their hard gathered funds on Wednesday during Bank Night.

Tonight at the relay meet, each team will compete for best themed campsite and the winner will receive a team trophy. The quote “Oh, the places we will go…,” taken from well-known

children’s author Dr. Seuss, will be the theme of this year’s relay. Team cooking competitions will also be among the list of activities to take place at the Stadium tonight.

Teams will be judged and trophies will be awarded for best team spirit, best food and best decorated. A trophy will also be awarded to the team that raises the most money.

Other activities include a tug-of-war competition between the City of Selma Fire Department and the Police Department, a cake auction and a mock “American Idol” competition called Relay Idol.

Children’s activities include face painting and

hula hoop and jump rope competitions.

Participating teams must have a member on the track at all times. The participants may walk or run the relay and can trade out their time with other team members waiting on the sidelines.

The public is welcome to come out and enjoy the festivities. According to event officials, the relay is expected to be a fun-filled, family oriented event.

Relay for Life is a worldwide event, with people gathering in various places each year to walk or run laps in remembrance and in celebration of those who are or have been affected by cancer.