Relay for Life begins Saturday
June 20, 2013
5 p.m. — Opening ceremony with the NAS Fallon Color Guard and National Anthem sung by Lissa Overlie, and Invocation given by Minister James B. Sims of the Fallon Church of Christ
5:10 p.m. — Introduction of committee
5:15 p.m. — Team introductions
5:25 p.m. — Introduction of sponsors
5:35 p.m. — Survivor lap kickoff
5:40 p.m. — Survivor celebration ceremony/balloon release
5:50 p.m. — Tim Wuth, caregiver speaker
6 p.m. — Laps commence (Lap theme: Crazy hat, hair and glasses)
6:15 p.m. — Steven Christie performance
6:45 p.m. — Frozen T-shirt thawing contest
6:45 p.m. — Balloon Head Races
7 p.m. — Steven Christie set ends
7 p.m. — Lap theme: Hawaiian Luau
7:05 p.m. — Start of Mr. Relay Contest
7:15 p.m. — Brandon Smart/III Society performance
7:20 p.m. — Egg races
8 p.m. — Lap theme: Favorite Disney character
8:15 p.m. — Brandon Smart/III Society set ends
8:20 p.m. — Group party dancing: Chicken Dance, Electric Slide, Cuban Shuffle, Hokey Pokey
8:30 a.m. — Hula Hoop game
8:45 p.m. — Blind Folded Ball Race
9 p.m. — Lap theme: Feathers (anything feathers)
9:20 p.m. Luminary Ceremony
10 p.m. — Crowning of Mr. Relay Contest
10 p.m. — Lap theme: Blinky (anything that blinks)
10:30 p.m. — Find your Soul Mate game
11 p.m. — Lap theme: Neck ties
Midnight — Scavenger Hunt
1 a.m. — Karaoke
6 a.m. — Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast
7 a.m. — Accounting closes
7:40 a.m. — Final walk, all participants on the track
7:45 a.m. — Closing ceremonies
7:50 a.m. Presentation of awards (Best Campsite, Paint the Town Purple, Most Money Raised)
8 a.m. — Benediction by Minister James B. Sims of the Fallon Church of Christ
American Cancer Society Staff Partner – Erin Entwistle
Team Development – Peach Sims, Alyssa Sims and Ashley Sims
Survivor – Peach Sims and Kelly Henke
Sponsorship – Donna Wassmuth
Luminaria – Paul and Michelle Herzbrun
Activities – Jennifer Woodcook
Accounting – Vicki Bushek
Logistics – Chris Click and Mel Foremaster
DJ – Ralph Rodrigues
Event Chair – Lacey Lehman
Fallon Kaia F.I.T
Fallon Bowmen Archery Club
Banner Churchill Community Hospital
Navy Federal Credit Union
Walgreens Store #09581
Aim Frame/ Wok
Fire Proof Youth
Wells Fargo Fallon
Team Church of Christ
Highland Village People
The Wild Pack
Heart of Relay – $2500
Fallon Kaia Fit
Platinum – $1000
Banner Churchill Community Hospital
City of Fallon
Lahontan Valley News
Gold Sponsor – $750
Silver Sponsor – $500
Churchill County Parks and Recreation
Rotary Club of Fallon
Fallon Golf Course
Trans-Action Realty 500 – Donna Wassmuth
Kent’s Supply Center
The Flower Tree Nursery
Bronze Sponsor – $250
Fallon Nugget & Bonanza Casino
Wells Fargo Bank
Months of work to assist cancer victims will all come together this weekend when Relay For Life returns for an all-night community event at the Churchill County Middle High School.
The area's largest fundraising event kicks off Saturday at 5 p.m., when teams of participants embark on the middle school track and continue their until the final lap early Sunday morning. Various activities, including performing bands, are scheduled from start to finish, according to event chairperson Lacey Lehman.
"I think we have a great event happening Saturday with lots of activities for the community to come and enjoy," Lehman said. "We've just had amazing teams come out this year that have really embodied the Relay spirit. They've done some amazing things for our survivors."
Relay For Life is the American Cancer Society's annual fight against cancer. Participants remember those who died from cancer and honor those who have fought the disease and won. More than 4 million people in more than 20 countries raise funds and awareness for the war against cancer, according to the relayforlife.org website.
"We push really hard from January up until June," Lehman said. "Teams sign up, they raise funds, and just do amazing things in order to reach our goal, which this year is $60,000."
Prospects to exceed that goal are promising based on fundraising efforts to date, she added.
"We're actually trending just under $10,000 ahead of where we were last year," Lehman said. "So I'm extremely optimistic that we're going to blow our goal out of the water."
Relay For Life represents more than raising funds. It's about supporting those who have been touched by cancer. Among the highlights Saturday night, for example, Fallon resident Tim Wuth will speak as a caregiver whose young son is currently waging a fight against cancer.
"We're really excited to have him share his story because the caregivers and survivors are what the Relay is all about," Lehman said. "We want to rally around them and their family and make sure they understand Relay For Life and the American Cancer Society and Fallon care there to support them through that journey."
Her involvement in Relay for Life the last four years is special since her own father, Stan Lehman, is a cancer survivor.
"I started with Relay actually because of my dad," said Lehman, who grew up in Fallon and returned after college to raise her own family. "When you've been touched by cancer, whether it's your friends, family or yourself, you start to understand how important fighting back to eliminate cancer in any way possible is just so incredibly important."