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More than 40 sponsors on board for Relay in May

With 26 teams registered, 35 committed, and more than 40 sponsors on board, plans for the 2010 American Cancer Society Relay For Life in the county are well underway. But there is still time to donate to the cause and/or establish a team for the May 7 event.

“It’s not too late to have a team, and we are not turning anyone away,” said Relay chair Galahad Smith at the March Butler County ACS Board meeting.

This year’s theme is “Screening Out Cancer” (movies), and a variety of activities and events are being put together.

Some already on the schedule are hula hoop, moon jump, bingo for all ages, a silent auction, Locks of Love, Chicken Chase, Relay Idol and the ever-popular “Miss” Relay Womanless Pageant. Winners of this weekend’s Relay For Life Pageant will also appear on stage.

Greenville Mayor Dexter McLendon has already agreed to open the ceremonies on Relay Night, with Ralph Stacy returning as event emcee and Q-94’s Mark Ritchie tentatively tapped to serve as a roving reporter, visiting the campsites with a video camera with the interview appearing on the big screens on either side of the stage.

Ritz Player Steve Norman will also be on hand to provide live entertainment that evening.

The Annual Survivors Luncheon is set for 11:30 a.m., April 30 at the Family Life Center of First Baptist Church.

Priester’s Pecans and Senior Circle are sponsoring the event. June Earnest, Survivors chair, said a number of local vocalists will be on hand to provide entertainment that day.

The next Relay Team Captains’ Meeting is set for 5:30 p.m. April 8 at the YMCA and the next ACS Board meeting is set for noon, April 28 at L.V. Stabler Memorial Hospital. Team and Activities and Entertainment sponsors are still needed for the event.

A number of Relay fundraisers are being held in the coming weeks, so look in the Butler Bulletins section of this newspaper to stay up to date.