Annual Relay for Life fundraiser scheduled for Saturday, April 29

By ALLEN MINCEY Banner Staff Writer
Posted 2/16/17

In just over two months from now, the Bradley County Courthouse Square will be filled with individuals, groups and companies involved in this year’s Relay for Life.

A group of team captains …

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Annual Relay for Life fundraiser scheduled for Saturday, April 29

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In just over two months from now, the Bradley County Courthouse Square will be filled with individuals, groups and companies involved in this year’s Relay for Life.

A group of team captains held their monthly meeting Tuesday at the Tom Wheeler Training Center for Cleveland Utilities to discuss the upcoming event. This year’s Relay for Life is scheduled for Saturday, April 29.

Several issues were discussed at the meeting, including setting up the relay site for the next two years. It was decided among the group to check into the possibility of where to hold the 2018 Relay for Life, though this year, they agreed on it being held at the area around the Bradley County Courthouse, where it has been for the past few years. Utilizing sports fields was discussed, though they mentioned concerns that will be voiced by schools should rain occur.

As of Wednesday, there were 26 teams registered for the event, which is more than were registered at the February point last year. Two new teams are also now registered: St. Therese Catholic Church and Encompass Home Health.

There are currently five businesses that are sponsors for the event: Tennova Healthcare-Cleveland, Tennessee Oncology, Lee University, Check Into Cash, and the Cleveland Regional Cancer center.

Though the title of this year’s relay was not set, the group did learn that the theme would deal with music, and there is still a need for a tagline for the relay. Several teams have already decided on their ideas, such as Life Care Centers of America with an Elvis theme and Tennova Healthcare and a 1970s/disco theme. Other companies and their plans for music include Ocoee Middle School (Footloose), APS (Warrior), Lee University (Shakers), Olin (Golden Oldies), Peyton’s Southeastern (Brave), and Eaton Corporation (Beat It!)

The team captains talked about each organization creating their own T-shirts, and then having a contest to vote on the best designs. Booths that each company, church or school would have will also be judged.

The entertainment for the event is still being pinned down, but there was discussion of a “Cleveland’s Got Talent” type contest.

The captains are also looking for assistance in creating “goody bags” for Survivors. They are expecting around 200 cancer survivors to participate in the event, and as with previous relays, the Survivors Lap will be one of the first events of the relay.

The relay team leaders are still seeking additional teams to participate in the event. To find out more about this year’s relay, contact Chrissy Seals, community manager for the Relay for Life at the American Cancer Society’s mid-south division office in Chattanooga at chrissy.seals@cancer.org or by phone at 423-400-2606.

Team captains meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month, so the next meeting will be on March 14.

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