Relay For Life schedule, Honored Survivors announced

Thursday, June 21, 2012
Clay County Relay For Life chair Gary Laughlin, (left) introduces the 2012 honorary chairs at the survivor's dinner at Emmanuel Baptist Church. This year's co-chairs are Sharon Tillman (center) of Piggott and Roseann Smith of St. Francis (right). The Relay For Life will begin with registration at 9 a.m. Saturday, June 23, at Heritage Park at Piggott.

Clay County Relay For Life 2012 officially kicked off last week with the seventh annual survivor's dinner at Emmanuel Baptist Church. The main fundraising event will be held Saturday at Heritage Park.

Gary Laughlin is chairing the event this year, along with wife Paula, and served as master of ceremonies for the dinner. He introduced organizers that were on hand, including American Cancer Society community representative Jackie Wallis.

Following his welcoming comments, Laughlin then introduced this year's honorary co-chairs Sharon Tillman of Piggott and Roseann Smith of St. Francis. The two will have the honor of leading the ceremonial first lap of the survivor's walk, to mark the start of the annual event.

Those on hand at Monday's dinner also had the chance to hear from "Hero of Hope," and longtime local teacher, Kristi Fuller as she recounted her battle with cancer and the impact it had on her family. Fuller urged each of the volunteers to do everything they could to support the effort in their own way, making note of the theme of "giving someone with cancer the chance at having another birthday."

Laughlin also introduced Susie Bowman, who is heading up the accounting effort and was instrumental in planning and preparing the dinner. He then offered thanks to the sponsors of the dinner, including Piggott Discount Drug, Silas Pest Control, Judy Parker, Jim Rogers, Maxie Ward, Shelby Bowman, Kay Settlemoir and Teresa Morris.

The Clay County Relay For Life will get underway with registration at 9 a.m. Saturday, June 23, followed by the survivor's walk at 10:00. All proceeds from the event benefit the American Cancer Society in Northeast Arkansas, and the fight against cancer.

According to Laughlin, immediately following the survivor's walk there will be a live auction for baked goods and a silent auction of donated items. He explained that the silent auction will be going on until 5 p.m. and no bids would be accepted after that time, and added that you must be present to win your item.

During the day RFL teams will also be conducting games such as fish pond, balloon pop, cake walk, sack races and ring toss with prizes for all. A variety of food items will also be on sale, with all the proceeds benefiting the effort, such as hamburgers, cheeseburgers, hot dogs, cheese nachos, barbecue sandwiches, sno-cones and popcorn.

This year's Relay For Life will also benefit from the raffle of a guitar personally autographed by Hank Williams, Jr. Chances on the guitar are available for a $5 donation, or three chances for $10, and will be sold at the park.

"We also want to remind everyone to purchase their luminary to honor someone, or the memory of someone, who has battled cancer," Laughlin added. The luminaries are currently on sale, and will be available for purchase at the park the day of the event. Those wanting more information may call Laughlin at 870 634-6892 or Suzy Bowman at 870 598-3457.

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