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Local cancer survivors including honorary chairperson Mamie Crutchfield continued a tradition last year by participating in a victory lap at the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life in Wilson County.  This year’s Relay event begins Friday, June 25, at 6 p.m. at the Castle Heights track in Lebanon.

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Relay For Life of Lebanon 2010 Activities and Entertainment Schedule6:00 pm             Relay For Life begins6:15 pm            Musical warm-up with the                Doug Collins Ridin’ Shotgun Band7:00 pm            Silent Auction opens            Opening Ceremony            Welcome by Robert Dedman            Presentation of Colors by the                        Lebanon Fire Dept.            Opening Prayer            Star Spangled Banner by                     CoCo Jones7:30 pm            Survivor Lap7:45 pm            Caregiver Lap8:00 pm            Fight Back Ceremony by                    Lacie Tullock8:15 pm            Parade of Teams8:30 pm            Music provided by the Doug                    Collins Ridin’ Shotgun                     Band9:15 pm            Luminaria Ceremony            Silent Auction Ends9:45 pm            Live Auction11:00 pm        Relay’s Got Talent by                    Mac Griffin1:30 am            Karaoke2:30-4:30 am        Field Games for Teams5:00 am            Closing Ceremony6:00 am            Ending of Relay For Life 2010 As the American Cancer Society’s battle against cancer continues in Wilson County, participants in Friday’s overnight Relay for Life will set aside a full evening to reflect on victories, honor lost friends and loved ones, celebrate fundraising efforts and even enjoy games and entertainment.   The annual Relay for Life event in Wilson County, which begins tonight at 6 at the Castle Heights track in Lebanon, offers something for everyone who wants to take part in the local fight against cancer.  Among the activities early in the evening are a Survivor Lap to celebrate local victories over cancer; a Caregiver Lap to pay homage to the day-to-day supporters of cancer victims; a ‘Fight Back’ Ceremony for recommitting to the fight against the disease; a parade of teams to recognize group fundraising efforts; and after dark, a Luminaria Ceremony for honoring and remembering loved ones.Also planned throughout the night are live entertainment from the Doug Collins Ridin’ Shotgun Band; a silent auction, a live auction and other fundraising activities; a talent-optional talent show; karaoke; and team games on the field. Music and talent acts will take place on the entertainment stage sponsored by First Freedom Bank. Anyone interested is invited to attend and participate. The event continues through 6 a.m.  There is still time to help the Relay for Life cause by making a donation or purchasing a Luminaria in honor or in memory of someone. To give to the cause or learn more about participating in Relay for Life locally, call Maliea Oakley at 470-1304 or Vicki Gordon at 444-6548, or visit www.relayforlife.org/wilson. Luminarias and other items can be purchased at the event as well.The Castle Heights track where the event will take place is located at 623 West Main in Lebanon behind the Main Office of Wilson Bank & Trust.Axa Advisors, Lochinvar, WANT 98.9 FM and Wilson Bank & Trust are the corporate sponsors for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life in Wilson County this year. Rochelle, McCulloch & Aulds sponsored an annual breakfast for survivors on June 12 at the Event Loft in Lebanon.  Relay for Life began in 1985 with one man who walked and ran around a track for 24 hours and raised $27,000 for the American Cancer Society. This year, Relay for Life will take place in nearly 5,100 communities in the United States and 20 other countries and will raise funds to support the Society’s mission of saving lives by helping people stay well, by helping people get well, by finding cures and fighting back. For more information about Relay for Life, visit www.RelayForLife.org.
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