Relay for Life to light up the night

Organizers have set the stage for the Fifth Annual Relay for Life and hope to see increased interest and participation by community members. The event will take place on, Friday, July 29, at Kevin P. Robertson Memorial Stadium, starting at 7 p.m. Organizers hope the fundraiser for the American Cancer Society will match or surpass the $36,000 it raised last year for cancer research. As in previous years, the event will feature a beautiful display of candle-lit luminarias to honor those stricken with cancer. Luminarias are small paper bags filled with sand and one strategically placed votive candle. When lit, the bags create a lantern effect.

Festivities begin at 6:30 p.m. with a social where cake will be served. At 7 p.m. the event will open with a prayer recited by Brother Billy Greaham of the First Southern Baptist Church in Powell. The prayer will be followed by a flag ceremony and the National Anthem will be performed by Rachel and Randy Carter of Lovell.

At approximately 7:15, speaker Bob Cummings, also known as the “Hero of Hope,” will give a short speech about his cancer experience. Peter Moncur will then play “Amazing Grace” on his bagpipe.

Shortly afterward as many as 75 cancer survivors will walk one lap around the track while Lovell Elementary School teacher Chauna Bischoff leads her fourth and fifth grade students in a series of inspirational songs. The songs will continue as caregivers take a lap to honor those friends and family members who supported the cancer survivors throughout their ordeal. Relay teams will then take their first lap around the track as a team and will alternate individual laps throughout the night.

At approximately 10 p.m. the luminarias will be lit and will burn throughout the night as individuals team members continue walking around the track until dawn. Throughout the evening, luminarias strategically placed on the bleachers will be rearranged to spell out words like hope, faith, and other inspirational messages.

Other entertainment will include singing, dancing and instrumental music by a variety of local talent including a dance performance by Tiana O’Tremba, a musical performance by Young Stars of Tommorow winner Justin Dausman, a clogging performance by Emilie Asay and Janelle Aagard, a line dance by the Lovell Woman’s Club, Zumba dancing, and performances by the Lovell High School dance team and the Lovell Dance Academy.

Bret Savage and crew will play music from 11 p.m. to midnight followed by Karaoke with Cheri Abraham of Missy’s Hardy Productions.

A free breakfast will be offered courtesy of Lovell Law Enforcement at 6:30 a.m.

For more information about how to order a luminaria call Lori at 272-1601; to enter a relay team contact Cheri at 272-0877; for survivor event information contact Carol at 548-6281.

By Patti Carpenter