POWDERSVILLE – The community will be coming together at Wren High School Friday evening to raise money for cancer research.
The North Anderson Relay for Life event begins at 7 p.m. Friday and lasts until 7 a.m. May 5.
Relay For Life is the American Cancer Society’s signature activity. It offers everyone in a community an opportunity to participate in the fight against cancer
The North Anderson Relay for Life includes the Piedmont, Powdersville, Pelzer and Williamston communities.
The event will kick off with the survivors lap around the track, followed by a caretakers lap. From there, team members will take turns walking around the track all night, symbolizing patients’ fight against cancer – which doesn’t take time off, and is a 24 hours a day, 7 days a week fight.
This year’s Relay promises plenty of activities throughout the evening.
The opening ceremony begins at 7 p.m. and will be followed by the survivor and caretakers lap.
The children’s area opens after the conclusion of the Opening Ceremony.
House Divided, the Wren Elementary School Drummers, will perform from 7:30 – 8 p.m.
The Centre for Performing Arts, Guthrie Grove and UCDC will perform from 8 p.m. to 9:20 p.m.
At 9:30 p.m., the Luminary Service will begin. All movement on the track will cease as the luminaries are lit in honor of those whose lives were taken by cancer. The luminary ceremony, always tremendously moving, is a highlight of each year’s Relay event.
The Powdersville Chorus will take part in the Luminary Service.
From 10-10:30 p.m. the Palmetto 90s Band will entertain the crowd. At 10:30 the Womanless Beauty Pageant will begin.
From 11 p.m. until midnight, Zumba Fever of Powdersville will perform.
The Marathon Student Band performs from 12:15 – 1 a.m.
After that, a DJ will get the crowd moving with a line dance, the electric slide and special dance laps.
At 1:30 a.m., teams will participate in musical chairs, a scavenger hunt and a hokey pokey lap.
From 2 a.m. – 3 a.m., activities include karaoke ($1 per song) line dancing, a chicken dance lap and a conga lap.
From 3 a.m. – 3:30 a.m. Jessica Childress will entertain the crowd.
As the event continues into the early morning hours, activites include potato golf, a 3-legged race, limbo, and a crazy hat lap.
Energy Fit of Pelzer will perform Zumba to keep energy levels high as dawn approaches.
The event will conclude with a closing ceremony from 6 a.m. – 7 a.m.
Though the Relay teams have been fundraising for months leading up to the main event, Relay for Life fundraising will continue all night Friday, with each team offering something special in the way of food and fun to raise more money to help find a cure for cancer.
Allstate will be selling Cakes for a Cure and Relay T-shirts.
At the Pink Power booth, you can make lap bead necklaces or buy birdhouse gourds and wreaths.
The PiggyFace Cancer Fighters will be selling Starbucks Coffee and raffling off tools and a quilt.
Guthrie Grove COG will be offering popcorn and other goodies.
Chad’s Cancer Fighters will be raffling off parachord bracelets.
Hans J. Salon will be doing hair braiding/tinsel and nails.
Wren Elementary’s team offers a Pick Up Ducks game and will be doing face/nail painting and hair spray.
South Greenville Sports will be offering face painting and selling coffee and donuts.
Stop by Concrete Primary’s team and pick up some baked goods.
Southside Baptist Church will be cooking up some boiled peanuts.
Mt. Springs Baptist is cooking up hot dogs and chili.
Wren High School’s team will be offering BBQ and handmade Relay jewelry.
Mt. Airy Baptist is dishing out cotton candy.
Cedar Grove will be selling suckers and candy.
Pasui Dentistry’s team will be playing games and cooking up hot dogs.
Gunter’s Groupies will be playing Hat Toss and selling fruit, water and baked goods.
Powdersville Elementary’s team will be coloring hair and selling flower pens.
Walgreens’ team will be holding a cornhole tournament and selling water and water bottles.
Games and activities will be offered by Palmetto Elementary, Wren Middle, Palmetto High School, Powdersville Middle and Powdersville High School.
Wren High School held a very special fundraiser for Relay for Life last Friday.
By donating $2 to Relay for Life, students bought the opportunity to spend their lunch hour on the football field, where Relay teams and other groups had set up special fundraising booths, offering snacks, desserts, drinks and games – with the proceeds going to Relay for Life.
Activities included a dodgeball tournament, a special performance from the Curtain Call club, cornhole, egg tosses and more.
Many students took advantage of a chance to douse some school officials, including Principal Robbie Binnicker and ISS teacher Jo Banks with water balloons.
Binnicker and the teachers decked themselves out with special gear and armed themselves with tennis rackets and bats in an effort to stay dry – not that it did much good.
School officials told the Post Friday morning that the school’s Relay effort was aiming for $5,000 – and already raised $2,600 by the time the school event began Friday.
According to the school’s web site, more than $7,000 has been raised.
For more information on help and programs offered by The American Cancer Society call 1-800-ACS-2345 or visit www.cancer.org.