Relay For Life Aims To Raise $70,000 in April 11 Event
A live broadcast with Lincoln radio station Froggy 98 and the annual luminary ceremony are among the highlights of the seventh annual Doane College/Saline County Relay For Life event April 11-12 in Fuhrer Field House.
Relay For Life is an overnight event sponsored by the American Cancer Society, with participants walking throughout the night to raise funds for cancer research.
Doane's Relay For Life committee plans to raise $70,000 by the event's conclusion at 6 a.m. April 12. Last year the committee shattered their goal of $45,000 -- raising $62,000 total.
Media sponsor Froggy 98 will do a live broadcast from 4 - 6 p.m. At 6 p.m., evening festivities kick off with the survivor walk, where cancer survivors and their caregivers walk the first lap to acknowledge their fight against the disease. Local bands, games, food, awareness activities and the Miss Relay pageant will all be included in the evening. The luminary ceremony, meant to honor those who have survived cancer and remember those who have lost their battle, will be held at 10 p.m. This year, Relay organizers hope to see more than 1,000 lighted bags lining the track for the ceremony.
The all-night event concludes nearly a year of fund-raising by Doane's 70-member Relay For Life committee. Event range from a spaghetti feed to a community coin drive, gift wrapping on campus, a date auction, an RD parking raffle, cookie and T-shirt sales and a coin war with Wilber Clatonia Public School.
The success of previous events has earned Doane a national reputation for success. Last year, the college ranked second in the nation for per-capita fundraising among colleges with a population of 1-2,500 students, and first in the High Plains division per-capita per-student category with a per-capita of $59 per student. The High Plains division is the largest division in the country.