Relay For Life events beginning this month
Relay for Life is fast approaching with several events this month and a relay at the beginning of April.
For seven years the East Lincoln Relay has raised money for the American Cancer Society, expanding each year.
According to Gerry Poquette, a volunteer with Relay, over $200,000 was raised last year.
Poquette is touched by cancer in his family and wanted to be involved.
â€œIt is very worthwhile,â€ he said. â€œIt is also a neat community event.â€
Paulette Edwards, who is also involved with Relay, is glad to be involved again this year.
â€œIt gets bigger each year,â€ she said.
Poquette is part of the Salem United Methodist Relay Team, which is one of the many teams that come up with fund-raisers for Relay. Last year the Salem Relay team raised $12,500 and hope to raise more this year.
The Kick- Off
The relay will be kicking off Friday, April 2 and Saturday, April 3. It will be held at East Lincoln High School.
A survivors walk will start off 7 p.m. on Friday. They will walk around the track at the stadium which will be lit by luminaries. Names of the survivors will be read over a loud speaker.
Survivors may pre-register for the survivors walk at a special survivorâ€™s dinner. The dinner will be held on March 29 at Salem United Methodist Churchâ€™s Christian Life Center, 378 N. Pilot Knob Road. Dinner will begin at 6 p.m. and will include a banner covered table to record the survivors handprint, name and survived years. To sign up call Barb Poquette, 704-483-4566, Don Putnam, 704-483-3548, or Brenda Pearce, 704-483-9459.
Halftime for Hope
On March 20, the Salem Relay for Life Team has selected several musicians to participate in a Christian music concert. Music will begin at 7 p.m. and end at 10 p.m. in the Christian Life Center.
Light snacks will be served and all donations will go to the American Cancer Society. For more information call Gerry Poquette, 704-483-4566.
On March 7, a dinner will be held at Salem United Methodist Church. Everyone is asked to bring their favorite dish. The dinner will be held immediately after the late service.
Salem United Methodist Church Barbecue
On March 19, Salem United Methodist Church will be making barbecued chicken dinners and taking them to local businesses. The meal can also be purchased from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Christian Life Center. All funds go to the American Cancer Society.
by Amy Wadsworth