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Relay for Life kickoff set Thursday night

January 22, 2011

SDN Staff Reports

Organizers of the Oktibbeha County’s 2011 Relay for Life are kicking things into high gear this week as they raise money to help fight cancer.
A kickoff meeting for the 2011 Relay is scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday at the Sportsplex on Lynn Lane.
Those individuals or groups planning to have teams participating in this year’s Relay are urged to attend and learn more about what will be involved in this year’s event, which raises money to benefit the research, education, advocacy and patient support programs of the American Cancer Society, said Relay chair Diane Holloway.
The 2011 Relay for Life is scheduled from 6 p.m. May 6 to 6 a.m. May 7 at the Starkville Sportsplex on Lynn Lane. The theme for this year’s event is “An Old-Fashioned County Fair: Remembering a Simpler Time Before Cancer.”
“Those interested in learning more about the Relay should come to this meeting on Thursday. In keeping with our theme this year, the kickoff on Thursday will have a bit of a county fair them,” said Holloway. “We’re going to get geared up for this year’s Relay and get everybody excited about raising money for the Cancer Society.”
Relay For Life is a fun-filled overnight event designed to celebrate cancer survivorship and raise money to support American Cancer Society research, education, advocacy and patient assistance programs.
During the event, teams of people gather at schools, fairgrounds, or parks and take turns walking or running laps around a track surrounded by booths and tents representing each team. Each team tries to keep at least one team member on the track at all times.
Games, food and live entertainment are big part of the local Relay for Life event.
But a primary focus is honoring cancer survivors and paying tribute to those who lost their battles with the disease.
The Relay for Life Steering Committee has set a $100,000 fund-raising goal for the 2010 event. Over the past three years, the Oktibbeha County Relay has collectively raised more than $293,000 to benefit the Cancer Society.
Last year’s event raised a local record $89,000 for the Cancer Society.
The 2010 event saw a record 30 teams involved in the Relay, but Holloway and the Relay Steering Committee are hoping to have 50 teams participating and raising money for the 2010 event.
Those interested in getting involved with the Relay for Life can contact Team Recruitment Chair Lynn Shurden at 325-8918 or by e-mail at lshurden@advservices.msstate.edu or call Holloway at 418-0332 or send her e-mail at starkvillerelayforlife@yahoo.com or dianebbh@aol.com.

Sponsorships available for 2011 Relay

Monetary and in-kind sponsors for the 2010 Oktibbeha County Relay for Life are being sought, organizers say.
All the sponsor money goes toward meeting the $100,000 fund-raising goal for this year’s Relay, which is set from 6 p.m. May 6 to 6 a.m. May 7 at the Starkville Sportsplex. The theme for this year’s Relay is “An Old-Fashioned County Fair: Remembering a Simpler Time Before Cancer.”
The Relay raises money to benefit the research, education, advocacy and patient support programs of the American Cancer Society.
All sponsors will be recognized according to levels during pre-Relay for Life and post-event publicity.
Six sponsorship levels are available, and each carries a number of benefits, which are as follows:
• Heart of Relay sponsorship — For a minimum donation of $500, the sponsor receives mention during the Relay event and a listing on the event banner at the event.
• Hope sponsorship — For a minimum donation of $1,000, the sponsor receives mentions during and listing on a banner at the Relay event, as well as logo display on the Relay cancer survivor T-shirts
• Tribute sponsorship — For a minimum donation of $1,500, the sponsor receives mentions during the Relay event, their logo on the back of every cancer survivor and participant T-shirt, listing on the event banner at the Relay event and Relay for Life sponsor sign for year-round display.
• Premier sponsorship — For a minimum donation of $2,000, the sponsor receives a Relay sponsor sign, mentions throughout the Relay event, their logo on the back of every participant and cancer cancer survivor T-shirt, listing on the event banner at the Relay for Life and recognition with a plaque at the Relay opening ceremony.
• Stage sponsorship — For a minimum donation of $3,000, the sponsor receives a sponsor sign for year-round display, their logo displayed on the Relay for Life participant and survivor T-shirts, listing on the event banner at the Relay for Life, recognition throughout the Relay event, plaque recognition during the opening ceremony at the Relay event and the right to display a banner (provided by the sponsor) on the front of the Relay stage.
• Event sponsorship — For a minimum donation of $5,000, the sponsor receives a sponsor sign for year-round display, their logo displayed on the Relay for Life participant and survivor T-shirts, listing on the event banner at the Relay for Life, recognition throughout the Relay event, plaque recognition during the opening ceremony at the Relay event, the right to provide labels with the company name and logo for the luminary bags and a sign recognition at the Relay event entrance.
For more information about Relay sponsorships, contact Relay chair Diane Holloway by telephone at (662) 418-0332 or by e-mail at starkvillerelayforlife@yahoo.com or Sponsorship chair Robyn Havard by phone at 324-1055 or (662) 418-3488 or by e-mail at rhavard@insuranceassociate.com.

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