SCA Relay for Life is set for today
CATAWISSA R.R. - The 2014 Southern Columbia Area Relay for Life event starts this morning at Tiger Stadium on the campus of the Southern Columbia Area School District.
Past relays have gone on for 24 hours, but this year's event will take place in one day, running from 9 a.m. until midnight. Still, co-chairs Sherri McDonald, Lauren Day and Karen Marinelli have crammed that time with a number of activities and family entertainment. As always, proceeds go to the American Cancer Society.
This year's theme is "Las Vegas," and a number of teams will have stands and activities featuring that theme.
The first few hours of the relay will involve students.
It will start with a special event for elementary students called "Relay Recess." Students have been raising money, and the morning session will feature education, exercise and fun, including an appearance by Princess Anna from the Disney movie "Frozen."
From noon to 3 p.m., middle school students will be at the stadium for their annual field day events.
The Relay for Life will kick off for the community with an opening lap at 3:15 p.m. featuring school students and staff, relay team members and community members.
In the school cafeteria, cancer survivors and their caregivers will share a meal at 4:45 p.m., while at the Relay stage at that time, dancers of the Karen Gronsky School of Dance of Danville will perform.
A relay tradition, the survivor/caregiver lap will be held at 6 p.m., followed by a speech by this year's honorary survivor, Terry Genners, of Elysburg.
The community will have an opportunity to perform during the "Relay's Got Talent" show, scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at the stage. Those wishing to participate can sign up at with Team M.A.C. at the music boosters' concession stand before 6:15 p.m. Registration is $5.
Those looking to get a little athletic can head for the football field for a game of dodgeball at 6:30 p.m.
At 7:30 p.m., a 5K-Twilight remembrance of life run/walk will be held on the track. Registration is $20 payable beginning at 6 p.m.
Fire companies, churches and civic groups that have participated in fundraising for Relay for Life will have their own lap at 8:30 p.m., leading up to the 9 p.m. luminary program in honor and remembrance of loved ones. The program will feature music by the SCA gospel choir.
Performing at this year's event will be Deuce at 7:45 p.m., the Haela Band at 10:15 p.m. and Pet Rock during the closing ceremonies at 11:15 p.m. That will be followed by a pizza party at 11:30 p.m. at the football booster stand.
Food and refreshments at the stadium will include offerings from OIP, Rita's Italian Ice and Ponduce Farms and feature subs, pierogies, pork barbecue sandwiches, macaroni and cheese, hot sausage and french fries.
More information can be found at the SCA Relay for Life Facebook page.