STEUBENVILLE - Less than two months away, the 15th-annual Steubenville Area Relay for Life sponsored by the Jefferson County Unit of the American Cancer Society has 43 teams on board and already has raised about $25,000 toward its $112,00 goal to fund research, patient services, advocacy and education.
"Our goal is to get to 45 teams," Deb Kovach, relay co-chair, reminded team captains and committee members attending the April planning meeting. She asked them to encourage friends, neighbors and co-workers to organize involvement in the relay that still carries the misconception of being an athletic track and field event.
Instead, it is a community event where participants walk as much or as little as they want during the course of the 18-hour relay that begins at 6 p.m. June 19 and continues until noon June 20. It will be held at Robert Kettlewell Memorial Stadium on the campus of Indian Creek High School in Wintersville.
RELAY QUILT — Deb Kovach, left, co-chair of the Steubenville Area Relay for Life, and Lisa Elder, captain of Team Cooper, display the quilt made out of T-shirts from past relays. The team is selling tickets for $5 for the quilt, with the drawing to be held at the relay. - Janice R. Kiaski
The 18 hours are intended to symbolize a cancer patient's journey through diagnosis, treatment and beyond, she explained. "Celebrating 25 Years of Hope" is the theme of this year's relay that will include on-site fundraisers, a luminary ceremony, live entertainment, an auction and yard sale, a cornhole tournament, food and more.
Dan Wood, relay co-chair, is collecting photos of individuals for the luminary ceremony video presentation, requesting them by the next relay meeting on May 12.
A number of fundraisers were overviewed, including:
Pancake breakfast set from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday at Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar. Tickets are $5 and will be available at the door.
Used cell phones are being collected by John Cucarese's team, which also is planning its annual yard sale on May 2. Details will appear in the Herald-Star's Rip 'n' Run garage sale advertisements.
The Herald-Star Headliners will host a community cookout from 11:30 a.m to 1:30 p.m. June 3, with specifics to be announced.
Team Cooper has two fundraisers, including a drawing for a quilt made out of T-shirts from past relays. Tickets for the drawing are $5. The team also is holding a Longaberger Bingo event on July 17 at Stratton Municipal Hall, with doors opening at 5:30 p.m. and bingo beginning at 6:30 p.m. A $25 donation includes 20 games of bingo. All prizes will be Longaberger baskets, wrought iron or pottery, including current line and retired products and a basket signed by three Longaberger family members. There will be a grand prize drawing for a blanket basket and a set of Longaberger pottery canisters. Questions and ticket information can be directed to Erin Mader at (740) 544-6039 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wood noted the relay will include a cornhole tournament with a $5 entry fee; a punt, pass and kick competition; and a Guitar Hero contest. Plans are in the beginning stages for a Paws for a Cause fundraiser in July.