(Left to right) Gail Gilbert and Cheryl Arrowood of the Daniels Lutheran Church team and Linda Jetton with the Lincoln County Democrat Women pick up signs and other materials at the Relay for Life Team Captain meeting Tuesday at the Senior Center in Lincolnton. Jenny Walling / LTN Photo
As east Lincoln ends what appears to be a very successful Relay for Life, Lincolnton is gearing up for its own May 7-8 event with a rush of fund raisers.
Church dinners, hot dog sales, raffles and garage sales go into full swing during the next three weeks, according to the various pitches made at the final team captain meeting Tuesday.
Lincolnton co-chairs John Dancoff and Susan Beaver were upbeat about this yearâ€™s event.
â€œLetâ€™s get excited.â€ Beaver told team captains. â€œLetâ€™s get pumped up and letâ€™s beat out east Lincoln.â€
The East Lincoln Relay raised $181,000 when it closed down on Saturday and is expected to reach a goal of more than $200,000 when all donations are in.
Lincolnton is now getting into the full swing of fund raising.
Marvin United Methodist Church is holding a chicken pie and ham luncheon April 25. Carolina Hardware Spring Sale May 1 will offer breakfast biscuits, hot dogs and a bake sale.
Salem Lutheran Church and United Church of Christ on Startown Road in Lincolnton, will hold a barbecue dinner May 1 from 4 until 7 p.m. and also hold an auction featuring autographed memorabilia from Dale Earnhardt Jr and assorted gift baskets, handbags paintings, pottery and wreaths.
R-Anell Homes in Denver is holding a raffle that will give half of its cash contributions to the Relay and the other half to the winning ticket holder. The Lincoln Times-News plans a garage sale on April 24.
Some of the teams have been putting on various fund-raisers since Christmas. Much of the money raised in Relay events comes from cash solicitations by team members who promise their sponsors they will spend the night pulling stints walking the track during the all-night event. After a team member walks for his allotted time, another takes to the track in an effort to keep someone walking throughout the event, which starts around 6 p.m. Friday and runs through 9 a.m. Saturday morning.
The Lincolnton event will offer entertainment throughout the evening, and sales of various items at the campsites set up by the teams.
Some 30 teams are expected to participate this year at Lincolnton High School in an event that has been plagued by rain in the past. Last year storms forced the cancellation of the evening events, knocked down tents and ruined carefully prepared luminaries.
But this year organizers have adopted a Wizard of Oz theme and look for the pot of goal at the end of the rainbow that will amount to $175,000. by Albert Dozier