20th Milford Relay Kick-Off, Jan 10

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Staff Report

The organizing committee co-lead by Ellen Hall and Connie Pusey and joined by other committee chairs and teams, will host a kick-off party, team sign-up event Tuesday, January 10, 2017, at 7pm for Relay For Life of Milford. The committee has begun planning their 20th Relay for June 16-17, 2017. The kick-off event will be held at the Rookery North located on Rehoboth Boulevard in Milford. Among sharing information and light fare, Gary Scofield will speak upon his experience in dealing with cancer in his family and those interested in signing up a team and those wanting more information to sign up a team are encouraged to attend along with current and potential team members. Over the span of twenty years, many teams have walked to help with funds to fight cancer. This year is no different; however, it has an even more special meaning with the fact the movement is celebrating 20 years in Milford and surrounding communities.

The Committee encourages all past teams to sign up and walk in memory of loved ones and survivors, and encourages new teams to sign up as well. Family members and friends, co-workers and/or company sponsored teams ask for contributions to reach the team’s fundraising goal. A convenient app provided by Relay for Life assists team members on the go and to request contributions from relatives and friends that might not live close by.

The night of the Relay For Life, team members take turns walking the track in support of the fundraiser and share their goal accomplishments with other teams. It is also a time remember those that have lost the battle and rejoice for the survivors. The evening will be full of activities until the next morning at 6:00am. The community is encouraged to attend the festivities, participate by walking with a friend, co-worker, or family member in support. Food, disc jockeys and special programming will round out the evening.

“Since it is the 20th Anniversary, we are adding some special activities and entertainment to the programming,” stated Mrs. Hall, Co-Chair. “We have also asked returning teams to select a theme from previous years as their team’s theme.” In previous years, a theme is decided upon for the year and each team would “dress” themselves and their booth space for the night based upon the theme. Since this is a special year, the organizing committee decided to open the theme choices for each individual team. One such theme was “Over the Rainbow”, as an example.

Businesses and corporations are also requested by various teams to offer contributions in preparation of the Relay and to help teams meet their goals. A true community spirit can be witnessed leading up to the event by viewing social media, seeing the Relay For Life sign in business windows, yard signs in corporate entrances, and hearing about the teams’ fundraising efforts. Some teams even hold individual events to help reach their goals, such as pancake breakfasts, yard sales where the proceeds go to the team’s goal, specialty products, or even a special dance party. Contributions are tax deductible under the federal guidelines for 501c3 organizations. The community is invited each year to attend the Relay night where teams also have food and items for sale, survivors are recognized as well as a memorial walk for our passing loved ones. Special programming activities will take place for the community to enjoy as well.

This year’s Relay goal is to raise more than $40,000. The teams are from surrounding communities too, not just Milford. The organization encourages teams to be formed in Milton, Ellendale, Frederica, Houston, and even teams not associated with one particular community but as families as well. Together, over the past 20 years, Relay For Life of Milford has successfully raised more than $600,000 for Cancer initiatives to find new medicines, research efforts for a cure and new therapies.”

Relay For Life is the signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. Relay is staffed and coordinated by volunteers in more than 5,200 communities and 20 countries. Volunteers give of their time and effort because they believe it’s time to take action against cancer. The organizations asks the public to join them at the event to bring the community together to remember loved ones lost, honor survivors of all cancers, and raise money to help the American Cancer Society make a global impact on cancer. For more information, individuals can contact a member of the organizing committee, or on Facebook at: Relay For Life Milford, Delaware.

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