That’s the word organizers used again and again during Tuesday’s night’s official kick-off for the upcoming Relay, which will take place Friday, May 16.
Not only has the location changed, but there are lots of new events and activities to make mention of, said Melissa Williams, American Cancer Society representative for St. Clair County.
Already, plans for fundraisers are pouring in, and team volunteers are organizing and brainstorming.
The goal this year is set at $120,000, and Relay teams are well on their way to making sure the total is reached.
Team fundraisers will be reported as they are planned, and these are events that are held well ahead of the Relay event that teams hold to support raising their intended target.
The location for the 2014 Relay for Life is Pell City’s Lakeside Park, where two playing fields have been designated for use the night of the event, and yes, there will be bleachers and a walking area marked off for Relay participants, Williams said.
Unlike in past years when the St. Clair Relay was held at Pell City High School’s Pete Rich Stadium, this year tents used for the fundraiser will surround the walking area instead of being centered inside the walking track, Williams said.
The Relay will get started at 6 p.m. and the 2014 Survivors’ Reception will be held in an area adjacent to the walking site.
Also new this year other than location will be an increase in children’s activities, with things like arts and crafts, paint ball and jump rope events and plenty of other kids of fun, Williams said.
For the national event, with this year being the 100th anniversary for the American Cancer Society leading the public in efforts to find cures for the disease, there’s a new emphasis in the Relay for Life motto.
“Now, the words are ‘Finish the Fight,” Williams said. “and we’re very excited about this new approach for the American Cancer Society.”
Fundraisers already planned for the Relay for Life include a Valentine’s Day “Dancing With the Stars” event that will be held at Celebrations in Pell City, hosted by members of the Pell City Line Dancers Team.
Member Doris Munkus told Relay volunteers who gathered for Tuesday’s kick off that those who attend will enjoy the performances from close to two dozen dancers who have promised to entertain and “put on a show.”
Tickers are already available and they are $25 each or two tickets are available for $40. Tickets are available at Pell City Coffee and also by calling Munkus at 205-338-4203 or Lavelle Willingham at 205-338-7324.
A silent auction of an assortment of items will also be held during the evening, Munkus said.
There will be refreshments provided for those who attend.
There are also plans for a sock hop to take place Friday, April 11 at the Pell City Civic Center. More details will be announced by the Pell City Line Dancers.
Future team captain meetings are scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 4 at 6 p.m.; Tuesday, March 4 at 6 p.m.; Tuesday, April 1 at 6 p.m. and Tuesday, May 6 at 6 p.m., all to be held at First United Methodist Church in Pell City.