Relay for Life set for 14th year tomorrow night

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The Switzerland County ‘Relay for Life’ event to benefit the American Cancer Society will be held beginning tomorrow (Friday) night at the Paul Ogle Riverfront Park.

The event has steadily declined in participation over the past few years, but it still strong in the hearts of those who continue to work hard to make sure that the Relay is successful and that funds are raised to help battle cancer.

Stalwarts of the event are Patty Chase and Glenda Sullivan, both of whom have been involved since the very first Relay, and both are confident that the county will come through again this year.

“We don’t have a leader this year,” Patty Chase said. “Me and Glenda have been trying to do what we can along with Brandy Graham from Madison. She’s the overall leader of all the counties. People in Switzerland County have just been getting together and trying to get it going with Brandy.”

Patty Chase said that there is no overall theme this year.

Kicking this year’s event off will be the Survivors Dinner, which will be held in the Switzerland County High School cafeteria beginning at 6 p.m. The dinner is being sponsored again by Switzerland County Farm Bureau, Inc.

Following the dinner, Opening Ceremonies will be held at the Paul Ogle Riverfront Park beginning at 7 p.m.; and the annual auction will be held at the park, starting at approximately 8 p.m.

Another highlight of the event is the Luminary Service, which will be held at dark (approximately 10 p.m.). Those wishing to purchase a luminary in honor of someone battling cancer; or in memory of someone who has lost that fight; may do so at the main shelter house tomorrow (Friday) night up until 9 p.m.; or they may be purchased through a team member.

This year there are seven teams participating in the event: Florence and Friends; Fishing Buddies; Truth Apostolic Church; The Brown Family; Cheryl Hussong’s team ‘Friends and Family’; the Jeff Peelman Family team; and The Golden Hoosiers coordinated by Leona Adams.

Patty Chase said that there could be more teams show up for the event, and she said that those late entries are encouraged and welcome.

“It’s not too late,” she said. “Bring a team or come down and join a team.”

There will also be food available for those who get a little hungry while at the event. The Florence and Friends team will have homemade ice cream; and the Fishing Buddies will have walking tacos – just to name a couple.

Patty Chase said teams will be walking beginning at 7 p.m. and all through the night; and the event officially closes at noon on Saturday.

“We hope to have a good time,” Glenda Sullivan said. “We hope others come out and have a good time, too.”

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Sponsors for this year’s Switzerland County ‘Relay for Life’ include: Vevay-Switzerland County Lions Club; State Farm Insurance, Jeni Scudder, agent; The Friendship State Bank; Switzerland County; Roxano’s Restaurant; Fairview United Methodist Church; the Town of Patriot; VFW Post #5396; King’s Daughters’ Health; Sons of the American Legion; American Legion Post #185; American Legion Auxiliary; Gallatin Steel Company; and Switzerland County Farm Bureau, Inc.