Teams get ready for charity event

Published 5:00 am Monday, April 15, 2002

Area residents have just three weeks left to unite their effortsin raising money for the Lincoln-Lawrence Relay for Life.

The walk, which benefits the American Cancer Society, isscheduled to begin at 7 p.m., May 3, and last until 7 a.m., May 4,at the Brookhaven Exchange Club Park. It will be held in memory ofKay Terrell and Faye Wallace.

Relay organizers look for teams to continue and even increasetheir fundraising efforts during next few weeks. If so, they mayset a record for the most donations. With 26 teams, this year’srelay now has the most teams, said Melissa Hester, chairman of theevent.

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“The community has been very supportive in all of ourfundraisers, and we hope this will be one of our most successfulrelays,” said Hester. “Last year, Lincoln County raised $68,000,and we’re hoping to go over that.”

One of the biggest upcoming fundraisers is the Womanless BeautyPageant, scheduled for 6:30 p.m., April 16, at Alexander JuniorHigh. The event will feature 21 men looking to fill their purseswith donations and fill their resumes with the coveted ‘mostbeautiful’ title.

Other entertainment includes musical performances by the SoggieBottom Brothers and The Mickey Garon Band. Admission is $5 foradults and $3 for students.

Students at Loyd Star, one of only two schools participating inRelay for Life, will sell hamburgers next Friday as one of theirfundraisers. The hamburgers can be picked up at the school ordelivered if necessary.

All of the teams are still selling chances on 100 gallons ofgasoline, as well as promoting the sale of Taste of Lifecookbooks.

Special luminaries will be lit during a ceremony at 10:30 p.m.,May 3, to honor those fighting cancer and to remember those wholost the fight. Luminaries are being sold by all the teams for $10for white bags that can be personally decorated, or $25 for goldbags with stars.

“A lot of people are decorating the bags themselves. There’sbeen some really cute ones come in so far. People have been drawingon them and putting pictures on them,” said Hester.

Also, teams will sell $10 tickets for those wishing to ride thefair rides from 7-10 p.m. during the relay.

Other fundraisers some of the 26 teams have found to besuccessful include bake sales, car washes, a fish fry, a softballtournament and pictures with the Easter Bunny.

Relay for Life committee members have already had six cancersurvivor sponsors sign up to donate $250, while 18 businessesagreed to be corporate sponsors with a $500 donation, and oneBrookhaven business donated $1,000 to become the signaturesponsor.

Cancer survivors are encouraged to sign up to participate in theSurvivor Dinner at 6 p.m., May 3, followed by the honorary firstlap of the relay. Survivors can call Gladys Dunaway at (601)833-3311 for more information.