Preparations are well under way for the Neshoba Relay for Life event scheduled for Friday, May 18 from at the Neshoba County Coliseum with a goal this year of raising $40,000. Relay kicks off with the cancer survivors’ reception at 6 p.m. and concluding with the Luminaria Ceremony at 9 p.m.
Preparations are well under way for the Neshoba Relay for Life event scheduled for Friday, May 18 from at the Neshoba County Coliseum with a goal this year of raising $40,000. Relay kicks off with the cancer survivors’ reception at 6 p.m. and concluding with the Luminaria Ceremony at 9 p.m.
Preparations are well under way for the Neshoba Relay for Life event scheduled for Friday, May 18 at the Neshoba County Coliseum with a goal this year of raising $40,000.

Relay kicks off with the cancer survivors’ reception at 6 p.m. and concluding with the Luminaria Ceremony at 9 p.m.

Relay Publications and Entertainment Chairperson Deana Cumberland said that invitations will be sent out to survivors.

Anyone who is interested in having a survivor invited to the event is encouraged to email the survivor’s name and contact information to neshobarelay@yahoo.com.

Cumberland said that last year the event drew 60 survivors and that event organizers were hoping for more to attend and share their stories.

From 6 p.m. to 6:20 p.m. a meet and greet for survivors will be hosted, followed by a presentation by Neshoba General Hospital from 6:20 to 6:45 p.m. and a recognition of survivors from 6:45 to 7 p.m.

The theme for this year’s event is Neshoba County vs. Cancer. The opening ceremonies will be held from 7 p.m. to 7:15 p.m., followed by a survivor’s lap and a performance by the Neshoba Central High School Cheerleaders from 7:15 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Neshoba Relay for Life is inviting all pageant title holders to come to the event to represent their particular pageant. Pageant holders in attendance will be presented as part of Relay’s opening ceremony.

Other performances include:

• Deidre Tubby from 7:30 to 7:45 p.m.

• Martha Reynolds from 7:45 to 8 p.m.

• Limbo/hula hoop fun from 8 to 8:15 p.m.

• Aleia Mclemore from 8:15 to 8:30 p.m.

• Ben McDaniel from 8:30 to 8:50 p.m.

• Joey Holiness, Daniel Sharp and Justin Snow from 9:30 to 10:30 p.m.

At 9 p.m., candles will be lit in honor or memory of cancer patients and placed around the perimeter of the coliseum. in the Luminaria Ceremony.

The deadline to order luminaria is May 16 if you cannot attend Relay on the 18th, or you may purchase luminarias the day of the event if present. The minimum contribution is $10. Relay is also offering Torches of Hope with a minimum $100 donation. These are tiki style torches that can be purchased for individuals and will include a torch plate with the Relay for Life logo. The deadline for torches is May 11.

Currently there are 10 teams participating in the event, although team sign-ups are still available. Cumberland said teams will set up tents as part of the event and will have a variety of activities available for kids and adults. The activities will be in the form of fundraising events which will cost a fee in order to participate.

Cumberland said Relay raised just over $58,000 last year. With those funds, Cumberland provided statistics that included 79 nights of free lodging during treatment, saving patients and their families an estimated $9,480 in lodging costs alone. She said 121 services provided through a variety of programs, 15 free wigs and six personal health manager kits to newly diagnosed cancer patients.

“There are still a number of ways for businesses to sponsor Relay,” Cumberland said. “We need sponsors for the limbo and hula-hoop contests as well as other possibilities.”

Team awards will be presented from 10:30 to 11:00 p.m. with the closing ceremonies to be held around 11 p.m.

The master of ceremonies will be Tim Moore, executive director of the Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce and Main Street.