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Washington is ready to ‘Knock Out Cancer’

Rocky Balboa to lead the fight during annual Relay For Life on Saturday
Jun 19, 2018
Photo by: file photo Relay for Life kicks off at noon Saturday in the Washington square. This is the 18th year the event is being held in Washington. People are asked to come out and support those fighting cancer.

By David Hotle, The JOURNAL


Efforts in Washington County to knock out cancer have been known to rival the knockout power of Rocky Balboa. And on Saturday, the famous, and fictional, boxer, the Italian Stallion, will make an appearance in Central Park as part of the 18th annual Relay for Life.

At 2:30 p.m., June 23, “Rocky Balboa,” a member of team Prairie Power, will come to Central Park to help Washington County residents “Knock Out Cancer” which is this year’s theme.

The event begins at 9 a.m., when teams begin to set up in Central Park. Food vendors will be on the east side of the square. Again this year, The Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center also will hold a draw on the square from 9 a.m. to noon.

Item drop-off for dessert, as well as live and silent auciton items, will be at 8:30 a.m. Survivor check-in also will be at that time in the Relay office on the south side of the square.

The opening ceremony begins at noon with a welcome and lighting of Relay candles. Nicole Miller will sing the national anthem and an opening prayer will be given by the Rev. Rick Zickefoose. Mayor Jaron Rosien will issue a proclamation, while organizer Denise Conrad will give an introduction to the local Relay.

Throughout the day, entertainment will be provided on the bandstand, beginning at 12:30 p.m. with country line dancing group, the Halcyon House Hotties. Just Us Girls will perform at 1:30 p.m.

The Relay Collection bank will open at 2:10 p.m. and a dollar amount announcement will be given at 2:30 p.m. At 3 p.m., a dessert auction will be held and at 5:30 p.m. entertainer Jeffrey Morgan will take the stage.

The survivor ceremony begins at 6:15 p.m., with speaker Maggie Techau presenting. The caregiver ceremony will be held at 6:30 p.m., and the theme lap for Bomb Squad will be held at 6:45 p.m. with the song “Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor playing.

The luminaria ceremony and memorial ceremony will begin at 8:30 p.m. At 9:30 p.m. an announcement of the amount of money raised will be made and the Fight Back ceremony will begin. The Light of Hope lap will be held at 9:35 p.m. and the Fight Back ceremony will be held at 9:45 p.m.

For more information, see the Washington County Relay for Life Facebook page.

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