Relay goal in sight
Relay for Life will be held in downtown Washington around the square on Saturday, June 15.
“This year is the 13th year for Washington County’s Relay for Life,” said Relay for Life co-chair Joni McArtor. “Our goal is to raise $111,000. Once we’ve reached that, Washington County will have raised $1 million dollars.”
McArtor became involved with Relay for Life because she has had family members and friends deal with cancer. She hopes survivors come out to Saturday’s events.
“Any survivors are invited to come to any of the events,” McArtor said. “Even if it’s just for the survivors portion at 6 p.m.”
All of the Relay for Life activities will take place around or near the square in downtown Washington, said American Cancer Society staff member and volunteer Kierstan Peck.
Peck said the day will begin at 7 a.m. with the Kiwanis AMers breakfast at the United Methodist Church. The breakfast will go until 11 a.m.
At 8 a.m. registration for the 5K/10K will begin and the races will start at 9 a.m. Also, at 9 a.m. are the team registrations across from Washington Free Public Library.
The opening ceremony will take place at 11:45 a.m. Nicole Miller will sing “The Star Spangled Banner,” and the opening prayer will be done by Pastor Jason Collier.
At noon the welcome and dedication of the 2013 Relay for Life will happen. This year’s Relay for Life is dedicated to two survivors, Angela Freese and Genie Davis. They will be announced at the dedication ceremony.
Live entertainment will begin at 2 p.m., Peck said.
“At 2 p.m. Josh Mayer will play,” she said. “Then at 3 p.m. Hungry Chuck will play. They’ll be playing acoustic guitars.”
From 4 to 5:30 p.m. there will be the live action pie auction and other miscellaneous items.
“People always look forward to that,” Peck said. “We’ll have all types of dessert items, not just pies.”
At 6 p.m. is the purple caregiver and survivors ceremony. This year’s speakers are survivor Shelly Hoffman and Kathy Lamb from Hope Lodge in Iowa City.
“Kathy Lamb will be talking about her experiences from working at Hope Lodge in Iowa City and how the “Relay for Life” helps that center,” Peck said. “Caregivers and cancer patients can go stay there for free while they’re doing treatment.”
Afterward, the teams will line up around the square and cheer on the survivors and caregivers as they do two laps together, Peck said.
At 8:30 p.m. is the memorial ceremony.
“The fire department will come and light up the luminaries, which will be placed around the square,” Peck said.
The closing ceremony will be held at 11:30 p.m.
“There will be a PowerPoint showing why people do the relay,” Peck said. “The final lap will be silent and lit by candles.”