WHAT: Relay For Life
WHEN: Saturday, May 30, 4-10 p.m.
WHERE: 220 Amboy Road, Asheville
WHY: Teams of fundraisers will be taking laps inside the Carrier Park velodrome this weekend to raise money for the American Cancer Society. While at least one team member is walking, the others will be hosting a variety of sales booths to raise funds. There is no size limit to the teams, many of whom host other events throughout the year to help ACS, such as lunches and fashion shows. “Relay For Life is an annual celebratory event for people to come together to support families, caregivers and cancer survivors,” says Relay For Life community manager Sandra Dennison.
In addition to team-sponsored booths, other fee-based activities and opportunities to support the cause will be available, such as a dunking booth, dime toss, beanbag toss and a corn hole tournament. While guests are busy raising money, they will be entertained by a diverse musical lineup, including Eddie Rose & Highway 40 (bluegrass), Matthew Curry & The Carolina Two (Johnny Cash covers), PAR III (hits of the ’70s-’90s) and Thankful Hearts, who will perform gospel during a luminaria ceremony, held in memory of loved ones affected by cancer, which helps close out the evening. Memorial luminary candles can be purchased for $10.
All proceeds will be used to support the American Cancer Society’s cancer research and programmatic offerings like patient resource navigators, the “Road to Recovery” program where volunteers provide rides to and from treatment, and “Look Good, Feel Better,” which helps provide wigs, skin care and counseling to cancer victims. For more information, contact Dennison at 342-4931 or visit relayforlife.org/buncombenc. — Michael McDonald