Teams slate Relay for Life fund raising projects

By CONNIE ESHThe Wilson Post

Put on your running shoes or walking shoes, if you prefer, and head out to the track behind Wilson Bank & Trust on June 26-27 for the annual Wilson County Relay for Life benefiting the American Cancer Society.

Wilson County Relay Co-Chair Maliea Oakley said she would like to encourage everyone in the community who has been affected by cancer to come and join the event in hope for a cure.

Meanwhile, all the Wilson County teams are working hard to raise lots of money to find a cure for cancer

Crossroads Community Church’s team is hosting an event called “Fighting for a Cure at The Mill” on Saturday, June 20, from 6 a.m. until 2 p.m. It includes a large yard sale with unbelievably good prices, face painting for a cure and Leap For Joy jumping booth for kids. All proceeds from these activities will go to the Relay for Life and are tax deductible.

Some of the items for sale at the yard sale include a white wicker dresser in like-new condition for $7.50, with matching chair, blanket trunk, table, wall mirror and double bed headboard with similarly low price tags.

There are clothes in a range of sizes and dishes with prices that will have you filling your back seat and likely your trunk for $5.

Also during the event, Vibes Coffee Shop, DeSoto’s Old-fashioned Ice Cream Parlor and The Bull and Whistle restaurant will be donating a percentage of their sales to the Relay.

And officials with Millworks Theatre, the newest attraction at The Mill, will donate a percentage of ticket sales during the Fighting for a Cure event.

Also on Saturday, from noon to 5 p.m., you can get your car washed to benefit the Relay at Maurice’s in the Prime Outlets-Lebanon.

Then on Tuesday, June 23, from 5:30 to 9 p.m., The Chop House at Castle Heights will be donating 10 percent of its sales to the Relay and Team Purple Hazers will be there to meet and greet the diners.

The grand finale will of course be the Relay for Life itself beginning at 6 p.m., Saturday, June 26 and ending at 6 a.m., Saturday, June 27. It will start with a Survivors Walk followed by a Caregivers Walk. All survivors and caregivers are invited to come out and participate.

During the evening there will be music by the Blues Brokers and lots of fun for everyone.

Children will enjoy the inflatables available and all the teams will have games for children and sales at their booths.

One example is the Lochinvar team which will be selling jewelry, ornamental wrought-iron art work, baked goods and stickers. The team is also planning to have face painting at their tent.

The Luminary Service will be at 9 p.m., Friday. Oakley said anyone wishing to purchase a luminary for $10 in memory or in prayer for a cancer victim can call her at 470-1304 or contact any team member.

She said the event will also feature a Relay’s Got Talent competition starting at 11 p.m., Friday. There will also be both a silent and a live auction during the evening.

You can find bargains, eat good food and get your car cleaned up for a night out on the town Saturday night, be entertained and each time you will be helping to find a cure for cancer.

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