Relay for Life returning Sept. 26 for 10th year in Queen Creek

Left, Rosemary Kavanaugh, left, and Tasha Bantau, man a table during a Relay for Life of Queen Creek fundraising event held at Serrano’s Mexican Restaurant, 22701 S Ellsworth Road in Queen Creek. (Courtesy of Relay for Life of Queen Creek)

Left, Rosemary Kavanaugh, left, and Tasha Bantau, man a table during a Relay for Life of Queen Creek fundraising event held at Serrano’s Mexican Restaurant, 22701 S Ellsworth Road in Queen Creek. (Courtesy of Relay for Life of Queen Creek)

 

Participants in the 2015 Relay for Life for Queen Creek are nearing their goal of 40 teams, according to the event website.

As of press time Friday, Sept. 18, there were 28 teams and 153 participants who had raised $11,897.61 toward their goal of $40,000.

(Editor’s note: As of 11 a.m. Sept. 23, those numbers had risen to 31 teams, 165 participants and $13,587.61 raised.)

Relay for Life is an organized, overnight community fundraising walk that raises money to benefit the American Cancer Society, according to the ACS website. Teams of people camp out around a track and members of each team take turns walking around the track throughout the night. Games and activities are incorporated to provide entertainment and build camaraderie between the different teams as well as members of the public who are invited to attend and support the teams’ efforts. The event also honors cancer survivors and those who have died from the disease.

Money raised helps support cancer research and educational programs, according to the ACS website.

The Queen Creek overnight relay will start at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, and continue to 6 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 27, according to the teams’ website. A kid zone with activities will open at 4 p.m.

This is the 10th anniversary of the Queen Creek event.

On behalf of the teams, event lead Tina Parkinson invites the public to attend to cheer on the participants and help them “Raise the Loot to Give Cancer the Boot,” the event slogan.

The evening will be filled with a survivors’ lap, a luminaria ceremony, entertainment, food trucks, games and raffle prizes. Entertainers include Arizona native and country singing artist Shari Rowe. She will perform at this event for the third time.

“Fighting cancer is very close to my heart since I know firsthand the pain that comes with that journey,” Ms. Rowe said in a press release.

Having experienced losing her dad to cancer, leads Ms. Rowe to help any way she can with Rely for Life. Her high energy shows are sure to get the crowd ready to raise money and fight cancer.

The schedule of events includes the kids zone from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., with the opening ceremony and survivors’ lap at 6 p.m. The band Platinum will perform at 6:20 p.m., while the survivors dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m.

There will be a scavenger hunt at 7 p.m., a performance by Ms. Rowe at 7:30 p.m. and the luminaria ceremony at 9 p.m. The Joanna Joy band will perform at 9:45 p.m. and the MISS-ter Relay in which the men team members are dressed in something pretty will start at 10:45 p.m.

There will be a lip-synch battle at midnight followed by a dance party at 1 a.m. A battle of the sexes trivia challenge will begin at 2 a.m., with yoga to begin at 4:30 a.m.

The Sunday morning events will conclude with breakfast at 5 a.m. and a closing ceremony at 5:40 p.m.

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