Relay For Life preps for all-nighter |

Relay For Life preps for all-nighter

After five solid months of fundraising, Relay For Life teams are finally going to turn in their earnings to the American Cancer Society Friday night at the Roaring Fork High School in Carbondale.The all-night relay is scheduled to kick off at 6 p.m. Friday with a welcome from event chair Lauren Gueriera and the music of Vazungu, and will last straight through until 10 a.m. Saturday, when all the volunteers will be allowed to go home for a well-deserved rest.The evening, however, will not go by uneventfully. Participants, as well as any Roaring Fork residents who may show up (the event is open to the public) have decidedly full plates when it comes to fun activities. Though at least one member from each of the fundraising “relay teams” must be on the track at all times throughout the night, most will be partying and hanging out, enjoying themselves.Following Vazungu’s opening act, no less than five separate musical acts will perform. Frying Pan Bluegrass will take the stage at 6:30 p.m., and then Cowboy Attitude at 8. Yvette MacEachern will perform during the luminaria ceremony at 9. At 11, Morning Side Park is going on, and at midnight, Steven Piker and Ben Fout will be playing ragtime.Other events include a scavenger hunt, a checkers tournament, storytelling, a talent show, bed-head and wet T-shirt contests, and movies.”It’s going to be a lot of fun,” said Gueriera. She said the part of the evening she’s looking forward to the most is the luminaria ceremony, when cancer survivors and patients will be honored.Aside from just being a good time, it looks as though Relay For Life is also going to be a huge benefit to the American Cancer Society. Gueriera said the group had hoped to raise $35,000 from the event, but that Monday evening, after only two of their relay teams had turned in their earnings, they’d already reached $20,000.”I think the amount raised last year was around $7,000, so we’ve more than doubled that,” said Gueriera.”It definitely has been rewarding,” Gueriera added, who estimated she’s spent around 20 hours a week working on the relay.But Gueriera said the credit for the relay’s success goes to the teams.”We had one team who raised $7,000, which is just great,” said Gueriera. Another team (usually 8 to 15 people) is a lone woman who swore she’d raise as much as she could even if no one would join her. Gueriera said the woman is planning to spend all night on the track by herself if she has to, walking and keeping her promise.”Unless she can find some other people to come and join her,” said Gueriera.Contact John Schroyer: 945-8515, ext. 529

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