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Relay for Life set for Friday
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Cancer survivors take a lap at last years Relay for Life. This years event will Friday at Greenbrook Park. - photo by Photo by Reed Vanderpool
The 17th annual Relay for Life will be held at Greenbrook Park on May 9 at 5 p.m.The event begins with musical entertainment at 5 p.m. The opening ceremony at 6 p.m. will feature personal testimonies from cancer survivors and a Survivors' Lap, when survivors will circle the track together.Luminaria bags will light the track after sunset, and a Luminaria Ceremony will be held at 9 p.m. to remember loved ones lost to cancer and to honor those who have battled the disease.Teams will take turns doing laps, but there must be one member from each team on the track at any given time during the relay event. There is a lot of fundraising as well, through concessions, games, and other activities.Volunteers and donor efforts support research, education, advocacy, and services that allow the American Cancer Society to offer help and hope to people across the country when they need it most. By joining together at Relay, we celebrate life, friendship, and an opportunity to work to defeat cancer for future generationsThe lineup for this years relay:5 p.m.: Dessa Ray5:25 p.m.: Wanda and Vonda (singing in honor of their mother Clata Redmon)5:40 p.m.: Kathy Goodwin5:55 p.m.:Presentation of Colors by Boy Scout Troop #347The National Anthem by Suzanne Slager, Invocation by Donnie Kelly, Pastor of the Smithville First Assembly of God6 p.m.: Opening Ceremony, Welcome: Renea Cantrell, Introduction of Cancer Survivors, Prayer for Cancer Survivors by Wendell Judkins, Song Honoring Cancer Survivors by Shelly Cross and Bonnie Rigsby6:45 p.m.: David Turner and Friends7:15 p.m.: Tina Boston7:30 p.m.: Fluty and the Flutones7:45 p.m.: Suzanne Slager8 p.m.: Kevin Roberts (Elvis)8:15 p.m.: New Life Pentecostal8:30 p.m.: Praise Group8:45 p.m.: TBA9 p.m.: Luminaria Ceremony, Prayer by Dwayne Cornelius, Pastor of the New Life Pentecostal Church9:15 p.m.: Church of God Receiving Ministries9:30 p.m.: Smithville First Assembly of God Youth Group9:45 p.m.: Elizabeth Chapel Singers10:00 p.m.: Tom Duggin10:30 p.m.: Pam Page Arts Ministry11:30 p.m.: Closing CeremonyMidnight: Relay EndsWendell Judkins and George Taylor will serve as masters of ceremony for the program, and sound will be provided by the New Life Pentecostal Church.