August 2, 2001

Relay For Life To Raise Money For American Cancer Society

After nearly a month of preparation and preliminary fund-raisers the main event of the Scotland County Relay for Life will be held Friday August 3-4 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m.

All cancer survivors and special guests will meet at the Memphis Branch of the Bank of Kirksville for a special reception prior to the race.

The relay itself will begin at 7:00 p.m. Lindsey Becraft will perform the National Anthem and the Pledge of Allegiance will be recited before the race opens with a special lap for the cancer survivors. The opening ceremony will also feature presentations by Memphis Mayor Ron Alexander and SCR-I High School Principal Connie Courtney. That will be followed by a lap for all caregivers leading into the remainder of the marathon event that will have teams walking around the Memphis City Square for 12 hours to help raise money for the American Cancer Society.

Once the special laps are completed the more than a dozen participating teams will be announced and led onto the relay course to begin the event. Participating teams will represent the Scotland County care Center, Mona's Studio, Pamida, Memphis United Methodist Church, area youth groups, Scotland County Memorial Hospital, Firstar Bank, the Masonic Lodge, Scotland County R-I Schools, Xi Theta Tau sorority and Malinda Crawford - the Misfits.

Special entertainment will be available on the square all evening. Lindsey Becraft will perform at 7:30 p.m. That will be followed up at 8:00 p.m. by Sidney Priebe and Melissa Cotton. Heather Robinson is set to sing at 8:30 p.m. followed by Tom and Teresa Cotton at 9:00 p.m.

Following these musical performances Rev. Carol Blackwell will read the luminary names and the "Lighting of the Luminaries" will be performed.

To purchase a luminary in memory of, or in honor of someone who has fought the battle of cancer, you can contact event chairman Diane Tague at 660-282-3486, Leslie Troutman at 465-2253 or Chris Tinkle at 465-7322.

A number of other activities will be held throughout the event to make for a fun night for all. Numerous games including board car racing, ring toss, a dunking tank, remote control car races (bring your own car) and a basketball dunk contest will be held. Team games will include three-legged races, alligator wrestling, potato golf, canoe racing, an egg spoon race, toilet paper fashion contest, lip sync contest and lots more.

There will be a live disc jockey all night to announce upcoming events on the schedule.

In addition to the entertainment schedule, event organizers also will have plenty of food available throughout the event for participants. The menu will include "walking tacos" maidrites, pizza, barbecue pork sandwiches, snow cones, kettle corn, homemade ice cream, brownies and other baked goods.

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