After last year’s event was cut short due to thunderstorms, the annual Relay For Life of Erath County will keep its same movie theme — “Lights, Camera, Relay…Take 2” — and will move indoors.
The event will kick off at 6 p.m. Friday, May 18, inside the Tarleton State University Recreation Sports Center. Team sign-in will start at 4 p.m. and survivor check-in will take place at 5:30 p.m.
“They have been very gracious to partner with us and donate the facility,” said event lead Shelley Gilliland. “We will have the classrooms for the survivor dinner and all three basketball courts to have our event in, so we’re super excited.”
The event will feature the traditional themed-laps around the gym, but will include a variety of games, lip sync battles, a silent auction, the luminaria ceremony and food sold by organizations.
“The theme laps will all be movie-related, like wearable popcorn art, red carpet attire, favorite movie character, so I think it will be a lot of fun,” Gilliland said.
Although there is technically no charge to register a team, each member is asked to raise at least $100 for Relay For Life.
“This year our goal is $75,000 and right now we’re sitting at $45,000, which is great,” Gilliland said. “Our two big supporters are Schreiber (Foods) who are $5,000 sponsors, and the other big thing is at Larry Joe Taylor Music Festival - they have always been kind enough to let us sell the programs at the gate.”
The programs were handed out for donations only this year, which raised more than $6,100 for Relay for Life of Erath County.
“We always do a little gift for our survivors and this year we’ve had it donated to us,” Gilliland said. “Swindle’s Jewelry has offered to donate sterling silver awareness ribbons — for the ladies a pendant for a necklace and for the men a lapel pin.”
There are 19 teams and 57 survivors registered at this time and more are welcome to sign up, however, a T-shirt is not guaranteed.
“We will take survivors right up until the event, they can walk in and sign up,” Gilliland said. “So I would still like to encourage them to show up that night.”
The luminarias — a white paper sack lantern — are available to purchase for $5 each.
“We’re really wanting to do as many as we can to light the track,” Gilliland said. “Those can be bought online or in person the night of. You can purchase them in honor or memory of someone.”
The ceremony will start at 9 p.m.
“It’s a reality check of why we’re here, to raise funds and do more to help them fight the fight and they don’t get to give up as they’re going through treatment,” Gilliland said. “It’s kind of our stopping point to remember that we can’t give up either. We have to keep going.”
Parking will be available off N. Rome Avenue.
For more information, visit www.relayforlife.org/erathcotx.