Wait until you see all the amazing activities American Cancer Society volunteers have planned for the 2016 Bethel/Danbury/Redding/Brookfield Relay For Life event!
Report by Paula Antolini
March 1, 2016 8:23PM EDT
Photo above: David Devonshuk as Elvis Presley.
Elvis Will Be in Bethel! Relay For Life Volunteers Hard at Work Preparing for This Year’s Event for Bethel/Danbury/Redding/Brookfield
Wait until you see all the amazing activities the American Cancer Society volunteers have planned for the 2016 Bethel/Danbury/Redding/Brookfield Relay For Life event!
Photo above: Volunteers gather around Relay For Life layout for tents on the Bethel track.
To begin, the event will take place all on ONE day only (instead of two days like past years) at 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday, June 11, 2016, so all you have to remember is 11-11-11! The event location is the Bethel High School track, 300 Whittlesey Dr, Bethel, CT.
So get ready to arrive early and have some fun! And wow, are there ever a lot of surprises planned! Beginning with …
Cancer survivors and caregivers can attend the Survivors’ Luncheon at 12:30p.m. at the Bethel High School, following the Opening Ceremony.
The theme of the luncheon is “Wishing on a Star” and guess who will be there? ELVIS PRESLEY! (well, his impersonator, but a great one). Elvis Remembered shows are performed by David Devonshuk and all services are donated for the entertainment. View website: www.elvisct.com
A great meal is also donated by Olive Garden. Menu is Salad, Breadsticks, Pasta & sauce, Dolcini (dessert), Iced Tea and Coffee by Redding Roasters. Cake & coffee will be served on the track at the Survivor tent following the Survivor lunch festivities.
Lots of fun and prizes galore too! Hum your favorite Elvis tune or sing and dance with Elvis! Don’t miss this great party as Relay For Life celebrates survivors and gives hope to those still battling cancer.
Here’s a sneak peek at the scheduled events:
|Opening Ceremony-11 AM
The Opening Ceremony brings everyone together for a high-energy event kickoff that celebrates the lives of those who have battled cancer and reminds us all that while we are winning this battle, fighting cancer is a year-round priority.
|Survivors Lap- To follow after opening Ceremony around 11:15 a.m.
Cancer survivors take the first lap around the track. Cheered on by the other participants and the sound of upbeat music, the Survivors Lap lets all cancer survivors at the event celebrate their victory over cancer.
|Caregivers Lap-To follow the Survivors Lap around 11:20 a.m
During the Caregivers Lap, anyone who ever cared for someone with cancer walks a special lap so they can be honored. Caregivers can walk this lap with the person they helped if they are also present.
Survivors and Caregivers: Please join us at our Luncheon on June 11th to follow the Opening Ceremony at the Bethel High School Cafeteria at 12:30!
At the candlelight Luminaria Ceremony we remember loved ones lost to cancer, support people who currently have cancer, and honor people who fought cancer in the past. It’s a powerful part of the event because it provides an opportunity for people to work through grief and find hope.
|Closing Ceremony- 11 p.m. Trust me, you won’t want to miss this!
The Closing Ceremony celebrates what we all just accomplished together. It’s also a time to remember the lives of those lost, and to commit to continuing the fight against this disease over the next year.
|The American Cancer Society Relay For Life movement symbolizes hope and our shared goal to end a disease that threatens the lives of so many people we love. If cancer has touched your life, participating in a Relay For Life event is a way to take action and help finish the fight. This is your opportunity to honor cancer survivors, remember those you have lost, and raise funds and awareness to fight back and help end cancer forever.|
Photo above: Cheryl Hallock (right) shows total funds raised from 2015. Paul Foster (center) holds trophy and Alyssa Amaturo (left) looks on.
Last year’s totals were discussed at the volunteer meeting too, and the top three teams were: Pink Ladies, raising $16,361; Captains Curageous, raising $10,083; and Scooby Strong, raising $9,503, for a 2015 total of $98,274. RFL hopes to surpass that figure this year, with your help.
Photo above: Carol Ann Vriebrock, cancer survivor and volunteer, past honoree and on the winning Pink Ladies team, holds trophy.
Photo above: Many people attended last week’s meeting, the more helping hands the better!
The American Cancer Society Relay For Life movement is the world’s largest and most impactful fundraising event to end cancer. It unites communities across the globe to celebrate people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and take action to finish the fight once and for all. With the support of thousands of volunteers like you, the American Cancer Society is helping save more than 500 lives a day. Please join them and take action against a disease that has taken too much!
More to come, check back!
Photo above: Laura McCormick of the American Cancer Society, holds a wooden butterfly as she discusses the RFL Butterfly event.
What Is Relay For Life?
Each year, more than 4 million people in over 20 countries raise much-needed funds and awareness to save lives from cancer through the Relay For Life movement.
During a Relay event, participants and survivors celebrate what they’ve overcome.
We remember people lost to the disease, and honor people who have fought or are fighting cancer.
The event inspires Relay participants to take action against a disease that has taken too much.