Relay For Life of Acadia Saturday
Jeannine LeJeune is the online editor for the Crowley Post-Signal. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 337-783-3450.
For one night, the message will be simply “hope.”
Hope for what the American Cancer Society fights for daily: creating a world with more birthdays and less cancer.
Beginning at 6 p.m., Saturday, May 10, the Crowley High School track, located on the school campus, will be host to the Relay For Life of Acadia Parish’s 2014 event, a fundraiser that extends actually all year long. Participants may want to pack an umbrella or rain jacket, however, just in case.
Through numerous team fundraisers, Relay For Life of Acadia Parish has been busy ever since last year’s event. It all culminates Saturday evening at Crowley High’s track with mini on-site fundraisers and the honoring of cancer survivors, caregivers and recognition of those who have lost the fight.
The event will feature a survivors’ tent, complete with a meal provided by First Methodist Church and a shirt and more for survivors.
At 6 p.m., Relay For Life of Acadia Parish 2014 will kickoff with its opening ceremonies, including the survivors lap, caregivers lap and team lap. This will follow the presentation of colors, national anthem and a prayer.
From there various entertainers, including baton twirling (Chicks With Sticks) and a lengthy set from Dirt Road as well as zumba, will delight the crowd, and keep the energy up until 9 p.m. for the moving Luminaria Ceremony.
The Luminaria Ceremony features a darkened track, lighted only by the glow of luminaria bags lining the track. The ceremony is known for its raw emotion and is always a moving event.
Luminaria bags are $10 each and can be purchased in honor of a cancer survivor, cancer patient caregiver and/or in memory of someone who lost the fight to cancer. They can be purchased from any Relay For Life team member or that night at Relay.
After the emotional ceremony, Gypsy Sticks will take the stage for an hour-long set before a DJ finishes out the night.
The Fight Back Ceremony is at midnight.
Closing ceremonies begin at 5 a.m. Sunday, May 11.
Throughout the night, teams will have items for sale including food, drinks and other items, with all proceeds going to the American Cancer Society. Admission to Relay For Life of Acadia Parish, however, is free.
Auctions and raffles are also set to occur throughout the night at various tent-sites. T-shirts will be on sale at the event as well.
Other entertainment for the night for team members and onlookers alike will include a blind-folded peanut butter and jelly sandwich relay race, toe-writing contest, Jell-O-eating contest, balloon shaving, water balloon toss, hula hoop contest, karaoke, scavenger hunt and Cheetos in the Face. Also, there will be a dunk tank, weather permitting.
Current forecasts for Saturday and into Sunday call for the chance of isolated thunderstorms with winds moving south-southeast 10-13 mph. Chance of precipitation lies at 30 percent. The low Saturday night is 71.
There is a rain plan in place, in which Relay For Life of Acadia Parish would be held inside the Crowley High gymnasium.
Teams are reminded that one member from the team must be on the track at all times. Awards for best decorated tent and best spirit stick will be awarded.
Anyone interested in Relay For Life or looking to help fight cancer is urged to attend Saturday. If anyone is interested in becoming a Planning Committee member and/or create a team for next year’s event, this event is the perfect chance to learn more about the event in a hands-on approach.
For more information, contact Darlene Thibodeaux, 458-1959.