New Look, New Event, Same Clinton County Relay For Life

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The Relay For Life of Clinton County will be continuing the fight against cancer in its 19th year with a different look. Over the course of the next few months, the committee will be hosting four events instead of one main event.

Kickoff – Friday, April 12th

Relay will host its Kickoff event on Friday, April 12th playing Rock & Roll Bingo. Doors open at 6pm at the Breese American Legion with the event starting at 7pm.

Rock & Roll Bingo is in fact bingo, but not as you know it. The numbers have been replaced with names of songs, singers or bands and the caller has been replaced with song clips. There will be a cash bar, a silent auction, 50/50 raffle and cash prizes. Cost per person is $20 per person in advance or $25 at the door. Tables of up to 10 people can also be reserved and you can bring your own snacks. For more information, please contact Dana at 618-604-2263, Coral at 618-978-7702, Elizabeth at 618-604-1212 or at relayofclintonco@yahoo.com.

The kickoff will also honor cancer survivors and caregivers throughout the night as well as provide information to those interested in forming a team or wanting to volunteer for Relay For Life or the American Cancer Society.

Relaypalooza – Saturday, June 8th

Relaypalooza, the main event for the Relay season, will be held at Breese Northside Park with festivities for all ages. A kickball tournament starts off the day at noon, as does a bags tournament. The Jorrells, Hot Rod Johnny and Something to Mow will be entertaining the crowds throughout the day. A variety of food, drinks, bounce houses, climbing wall and other kid’s activities will be available all day. Fredbird is also scheduled to visit the Relayers! Check out the event on Facebook for up to date information on what to expect during the fun filled day and how to sign up to participate in the tournaments!

Survivor Celebration – Friday, August 2nd

The Survivor Celebration will take place at Central High School on Friday, August 2nd. While this is the same date the main Relay event has always been held, it will solely focus on the Survivors, loved ones we have lost to this awful disease and the family and friends that honor them. This celebratory night will consist of the Survivor dinner, the always inspiring Survivor lap, and the moving Luminaria ceremony.

Cyclin for a Cure – To be held in the Fall

The second annual Cyclin’ for a Cure will finish up our Relay year as it will offer multiple routes for any type of bike rider to enjoy. Stay tuned for more details to come!

No matter the event, Clinton County is no stranger in its fight against cancer. As a community, we have raised over $3 million over the past 19 years. Clinton County has helped tremendously by contributing to cancer research, helping cancer patients receive free rides to treatment, providing screenings to communities and most importantly, helping avert cancer deaths. Because we all know someone who has or is battling cancer, the fight is far from over. With Clinton County hosting Relay For Life each year, we help contribute to many important discoveries that have led to a better understanding of cancer and cancer treatments and we hope you can join us in the fight.

For more information about the upcoming kickoff and Relay For Life event, contact the American Cancer Society at 618-288-2390 or visit www.RelayForLife.org/clintonIL. Sign up for Relay For Life of Clinton County today and help our community finish the fight against cancer!

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