The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

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February 13, 2014

Relay for Life set May 3 at Panther Stadium

PALESTINE —

For the first time since Relay for Life started in Anderson County, the event will be held solely on a Saturday and at a different time.

Organizers of the Anderson County Relay for Life have nailed down a date and secured a location for the 2014 event. It will be held Saturday, May 3 from noon to midnight at Westwood High School's Panther Stadium.

In the past, the event started at 7 p.m. on a Friday and ended at 7 a.m. on Saturday.

“We were looking this year at doing the event on a Saturday,” Anderson County Relay for Life Event Chair Kimberly Thompson told the Herald-Press. “This would allow the community to be more involved, allows for family involvement and it would be easier on the cancer survivors we are celebrating and those currently fighting cancer to come out at noon rather than in the evening.”

Thompson hopes that the new time frame of the event will allow for more participation in the community.

The goal for the 2014 Relay for Life is to raise $100,000, have 50 teams and get more businesses involved, Thompson added.

“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.

So far, 21 teams have registered with 96 participants.

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.

The Relay for Life event will include the usual events including the opening ceremonies, survivor laps, team laps, the Mrs. Relay competition and the luminaria ceremony, among other activities.

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