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Relay for a cause

By By Lisa Tindell
With the annual Relay for Life just days away, organizers are putting final touches on the 2010 event.
Julie Ray, event committee chairwoman, said the agenda for activities planned during the Relay event is being finalized.
A parade will begin at noon to kick-off the event with the route starting at the First United Methodist Church. The route will proceed down Pensacola Avenue to Craig Street and turn onto South Main Street. The route will continue down South Main Street and turn left on Lindberg Avenue and end at Tom Byrne Park.
Ray said there will be more than 10 floats in the parade that will become campsites at the park.
Ray said there will be activities and entertainment throughout the 12-hour event.
Planned entertainment includes a performance by Voices of Anointing at 2 p.m. with Ryan Carter performing at 3 p.m. Sweet Lovin’ Daddy will perform at 4 p.m. with the 4 Jays, a barbershop quartet, slotted to perform at 6 p.m.
Teams have been busy with fundraisers collecting money to benefit the American Cancer Society. Ray said the goal for the 2010 event was set at $65,000.
Ray said the community still has an opportunity to make contributions and can purchase Luminaria to honor someone who has survived cancer or pay tribute to those who have lost the battle with cancer.
With predictions of rain for Saturday, Ray said a back-up plan has been developed for the event.
Other events planned for Saturday include a Survivors Brunch at 10 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church. Ray said cancer survivors will also be honored following opening ceremonies.
The event will end with special recognition to teams in various categories, Ray said.
The American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life event is held annual to raise funds to aid in research to find a cure to the disease that claims lives of countless victims each year. For information on Relay for Life or to make luminaria purchases, contact Ray at 368-9121.