Shortened Relay will pack in lots of activities

Messenger file photo Cancer survivors walk a lap around the track at the start of last year’s Madison County Relay For Life. This year’s Relay is set for June 19 at West Jefferson High School.
Messenger file photo
Cancer survivors walk a lap around the track at the start of last year’s Madison County Relay For Life. This year’s Relay is set for June 19 at West Jefferson High School.

(Posted June 11, 2015)

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor

This year’s Madison County Relay For Life is packing a whole lot of fun and meaning into a shortened time frame.

To better accommodate participants’ lifestyles and schedules, Relays across the state have opted to go from overnight events to single-evening events. The Madison County Relay is set for 6 p.m. June 19 to about 1:30 a.m. June 20 at West Jefferson High School. In the past, the Relay lasted 18 hours.

“It’s going to be an action-packed eight hours this year,” said organizer Gina Newsome. “We just want to have a party all the way to the end, finishing everything off with a great closing ceremony.”

Relay For Life is a fundraising event in which teams of families, friends, co-workers and the like raise money to benefit the American Cancer Society. Teams start their efforts weeks and months before Relay weekend, then camp out at the event, take turns walking laps around the track, and keep on raising money. The public is invited to come out and enjoy the activities. This year’s theme is a luau.

Among the activities is the “Hopeful Bra” contest. Participants enter a bra decorated and named to show support for the fight against cancer. The bras will be judged and a winner announced at 8:30 p.m. To enter a bra or for more information, contact Newsome at (740) 506-5305.

Another creative (and humorous) event is the Ms. Relay contest from 9 to 9:30 p.m. Teams choose a male participant and doll him up in a dress to compete for the title of “Ms. Relay for Life.” Relay attendees will vote for their favorites; each vote is 25 cents. The entrant with the most quarters in his bucket wins.

At 8 p.m., beauticians will be available to cut hair for Locks Of Love and Wigs For Kids. At least 10 inches of hair is needed for a donation. Walk-ins are welcome. Or to schedule a time, contact Newsome.

At 10 p.m., the names of individuals who are fighting cancer, who have beaten cancer or who passed away due to cancer will be read as part of the moving luminary ceremony. Candles will circle the track.

The Relay For Life committee invites the community to come together to celebrate, to remember and to fight back against cancer.

For more information, call Gina Newsome (740) 506-5305.

Schedule of events

Friday, June 19

3 p.m.—Grounds open for teams to set up

5 p.m.—Food court and Fundraiser Village open

5-8:30 p.m.—Hopeful Bra contest

5-9:45 p.m.—Silent auction

5-9 p.m.—Luminary sales

6 p.m.—Kickoff ceremony; sponsor ribbon-cutting

6-7:30 p.m.—Survivor dinner

6-8 p.m.—Face painting

7-9 p.m.—Madison Health Dermascan machine and blood pressure checks

7:30 p.m.—Survivor/caregiver celebration lap

8 p.m.—Locks of Love, team spirit awards, inspiration award

9-9:30 p.m.—Ms. Relay contest

10 p.m.—Luminary ceremony

11 p.m.-midnight—Pick up items from silent auction

11 p.m.—Mobile doughnut wagon

11:30 p.m.—Frozen t-shirt contest

Midnight—Final money deposits due, luau lap

Saturday, June 20

12:30 a.m.—Victory lap led by survivors

1-1:30 a.m.—Closing ceremonies, raffle drawings, team awards

Corporate sponsors

Platinum Plus: SafeHarbor, IBEW

Platinum: Flyer’s Pizza & Subs, Stanley Electric, Jefferson Industries, Madison County Shriners, Men Fraternal Order of Eagles 950

Gold: Merchants Bank, Madison Health, First Merit Bank, Phi Beta Psi – Iota Beta Sorority

Silver: Helm Briscoe, Family Dental

Bronze: West Jefferson Animal Hospital, Murry & Edward Petroleum, Ladies Auxiliary VFW West Jefferson, Yutzy Brothers, Kronk and Scaggs Insurance, Chaney and Thomas Insurance, State Farm Insurance, Krazy Glue, Direct Mechanical, Ladies Fraternal Order of Eagles 950, Jennifer S Hunter, CPA

Auction sponsors

56 Auto

AMC Lennox – Columbus


Chakeres Theatres – Springfield

Downtown Nashville Courtyard Hotel (Nashville, Tenn.)

Fine Designs and Interiors

Johnny Cash Museum (Nashville, Tenn.)

Limelight Photography

London Animal Hospital

London Country Club

Madison County Tire

Madison Lanes

Mug & Brush

Ryman Auditorium (Nashville, Tenn.)

Sherwin Williams – London

Zipline Adventures – Kentucky

Columbus Zoo


Eagles London Women Auxiliary

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