Goal for the 2014 Relay for Life is to raise $100,000, have more teams and get more businesses involved, Thompson said.
“Last year we raised around $75,000 and we had 44 teams. We would like to see more local businesses have teams or at least come out on Relay night and be involved in the event. It truly is a community event,” Thompson said.
Relay for Life organizers also are hoping to get local businesses to decorate their establishments in purple — the signature color of the Relay for Life event that represents its survivors — during the month of April before the Relay for Life event takes place.
Relay for Life Teams consist of up to 15 people representing various businesses, civic groups, social organizations, church groups, friends and families. While the Relay For Life is in progress, a community party atmosphere is created in tent city with entertainment, food, games and camaraderie.
To participate, each team member is asked to raise a minimum of $100 before the event, with all of the money going directly to the American Cancer Society’s life-saving research, education and patient service programs.
Other fundraising opportunities exist such as corporate underwriting, sponsorship, the sale of luminaries and individual donations.
For more information about Relay for Life, attend the kick-off rally Tuesday, visit www.relayforlife.org/andersoncotx or the Anderson County Relay for Life page on Facebook or e-mail Thompson at email@example.com