“Light up the Night, Finish the Fight” is a fundraiser for the Big Horn County Relay For Life. The event scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 3, from 4 to 9 p.m. will focus on lighting up the night with a run/walk, dance and breakfast. It is co-hosted by the American Cancer Society and the Basin Area Chamber.
“When it was first decided that Big Horn County Relay for Life was going to take a break this year, I still wanted to do something,” Relay for Life Community Manager Andi Buckley said. “I was told to contact the Basin Area Chamber to get ideas and the Light up the Night event evolved very quickly.”
The theme of “Light up the Night” will be embraced throughout the event with the décor of stars and lights, a walk/run along the lighted walk path and “stars” that may be purchased to honor someone who has had cancer. Instead of luminarias there will be stars that may be purchased for $15. The names of those to be honored will be written on the stars for display at the event. Forms for the stars, survivor invite and the run/walk are available at chambers in Basin, Greybull and Lovell.
The dinner will be a breakfast of eggs, ham and pancakes cooked and served by the Basin Fire Department. Buckley said she is thrilled that most of the ingredients for the breakfast have been donated by Big Horn County businesses.
“North Big Horn Hospital donated the pancake mix and syrup right away,” Buckley said. “As the word went out we heard from Western Sugar, who is donating the paper products. Pepsi said they would donate the water. The hot chocolate is coming from the Wyoming Retirement Center, eggs from Security State Bank and ham from TFG A&W.”
Buckley said organizers are planning on 300 people, noting that donations make it possible for more of the money raised to go toward Relay for Life. The suggested donation for the breakfast is $5 a person with survivors eating free.
Even though the breakfast items have been donated Buckley said they are still looking for sponsors. The sponsorships range from $250 to $1,500. The benefits depend on the level, Buckley said, adding, “The goal is to make this a family event that is a rally call to continue to the fight to beat cancer. Families can walk, dance, eat and play while remembering those who have had cancer.”
Kaylyn Beasley of Cody will be the music performer. He will start at 6 p.m. At 6:30 p.m. survivors will be asked to come forward for a dance dedicated to them. Suzi Shelhamer will do a yoga skit titled “Laughter is the best medicine.” Grace Southern Baptist Church is bringing some blow-up toys for the younger kids. The traveling SHACK games will be there with sumo wrestling and jousting.
The run/walk will be on the lighted walk path next to Lion’s Field just west of Basin. It starts at 4 p.m. Registration is $35 per team except children aged 10 and under are free. Local Mary Kay Representative Laura Godfrey will be taking registrations and providing gifts to survivors.
What you can do
“We have already had calls from survivors in the north end of the county that want to come but don’t have a way down. It would be great if we could find a bus or a ride for these type of people,” Buckley said. Mary Hillman of Basin, a cancer survivor herself, is helping to contact cancer survivors to invite them to be a part of the event. Her phone number is 568-3813. Please call her if you would like to be involved in anyway, Buckley urges.
“People can donate star and white lights, help set up and take down and provide rides when needed,” Buckley said. Items for a silent auction table are needed, too. She added that if anyone has other ideas that help make the event even better she would love to hear from them. “Of course, everyone can help by spreading the word,” she said.
Buckley hopes that the schools will find a way to involve students.
“It would be great if there would be some kind of essay by students whose families have been affected by cancer,” she said. “Perhaps the younger students could make stars or ribbons of different colors to represent all the cancers.”
The event has its own Facebook page called “Light up the Night, Finish the Fight, A Big Horn County Special Event.” Buckley may be reached by calling 406-373-8491 or for more information, call the Basin Area Chamber at 568-3055.
By BARBARA ANNE GREENE