By Monroe Roark
Henry County’s annual Relay
for Life, an event that raises money for the American Cancer
Society, is scheduled for Friday night at Union Grove High School on
East Lake Road just east of Hwy. 155.
The festivities begin with
the survivor dinner at 5:30 p.m. in the school cafeteria, then the
action moves to the football stadium, where more than 100 teams will
gather for a full night of activities.
The opening ceremonies start
at 7 p.m. with the survivor walk, as all cancer survivors take a lap
around the track. Then there will be a release of doves and the team
parade, during which each team will be announced and recognized.
As of Friday, according to
the web site, 109 teams and 1,303 participants had raised
$136,020.22. A spokesperson for the event, said that 102 teams took
part last year.
A luminary ceremony is
scheduled for 9 p.m. and Nola Crane, Publicity Chair, said about
2,000 candles will circle the track. Many of the participants in
Relay for Life will spend the entire night at Union Grove, with the
closing ceremonies set for 7 a.m. Saturday.
A DJ will be on hand all
night to assist with games and entertainment, and the Mr. Relay
pageant is scheduled for 11 p.m. Men dressed as female pageant
contestants will go around, purses in hand, soliciting donations and
the contestant with the most donations will be the winner.
A number of local restaurants
will have booths at the field Friday evening providing food for
Teams will not be allowed to
begin setting up on the field before 5 p.m.
Due to a lack of parking, a
free shuttle service will operate during the event. Attendees can
park at Salem Baptist Church on Hwy. 155 south of East Lake Road and
ride shuttle buses to the high school.
For more information or to
participate, go to www.cancer.org and click on the “Find Your Local
Relay For Life” link.