Clay County Relay For Life Holds Fundraiser

Thursday, May 8, 2014
This year's honored survivors prepared to lead the symbolic first lap of Saturday's Relay For Life at the picnic grounds in Piggott. This year's honored survivors included, from left: Ann Regan, Dayton Gilkison and Roseann Smith.

Sunny and breezy conditions were the order of the day Saturday, May 3 as the annual Clay County Relay For Life was held in Piggott. For 2014 the fundraiser for the American Cancer Society had a new home, as the event was held at Liberty Park, or as it's more commonly known the Piggott Fourth of July Picnic Grounds.

The theme for this year's Relay for Life was "Carnival" and in keeping with the spirit of the day a number of booths were set-up to generate funds. Teams also offered face painting, kiddy train rides and a variety of games of skill and chance with all the proceeds benefiting the fight against cancer.

This year's Relay For Life kicked-off at 10 a.m. with the traditional first lap led by this year's honored survivors. Recognized this year for their battles with cancer were Ann Regan, Roseann Smith and Dayton Gilkison.

Regan and Smith are both two-time survivors of cancer, while young Dayton was first diagnosed last summer. As the honored survivors they had the chance to lead the symbolic first lap around the park, followed by other survivors, family, friends and supporters.

Throughout the day the festivities continued, and a steady stream of visitors stopped by with many bidding on the silent auction items. Bidding on the auction closed at 5 p.m. and a number of great deals were available, with all the proceeds benefiting the ACS.

The day's activities wrapped-up Saturday evening with the luminaria ceremony at the park. The luminarias are sold each year in honor, or member, of someone who has fought a battle with cancer.

As of Tuesday final numbers were still being tabulated and a total on this year's effort was not yet available. Organizers did offer their thanks to everyone who made the event possible, including the volunteers, businesses and individuals who donated, everyone who attended and especially to the survivors and their supporters.

Donations are also still being accepted, and anyone interested in helping the cause may contact Gary Laughlin at 870 634-6892.

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