Relay for Life begins Saturday |

Relay for Life begins Saturday

Dave Price



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

Committee Introductions

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

Team Introductions

Fallon Kaia F.I.T

Fallon Rotary

Fallon Bowmen Archery Club

Banner Churchill Community Hospital


Navy Federal Credit Union

Cancer Sucks

Creative Rednecks

Walgreens Store #09581

Aim Frame/ Wok


Fire Proof Youth

Wells Fargo Fallon

Team Church of Christ

Team Sandwinds

Highland Village People

The Wild Pack



Heart of Relay - $2500

Fallon Kaia Fit

Platinum - $1000

CLR Technologies

Banner Churchill Community Hospital

CC Communications


Foremaster Family

Highland Manor

City of Fallon

Daily Grind

Lahontan Valley News

Gold Sponsor - $750


Silver Sponsor - $500

Churchill County Parks and Recreation

Rotary Club of Fallon

Stockman’s Casino

Fallon Golf Course

Trans-Action Realty 500 – Donna Wassmuth

Mello Storage


Kent’s Supply Center

The Flower Tree Nursery

Bronze Sponsor - $250

Domino’s Pizza

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 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.”