Relay meeting set for Tuesday

Published 3:00 am Saturday, January 21, 2012

Organizers of the annual Relay for Life event in the Brewton area are busy preparing for a kick-off meeting for team captains.
Katelyn Ellis, community representative for the American Cancer Society, said the kick-off meeting will introduce the theme for the annual event in May as well as offer information on team formation, recruitment and fundraising.
“We hope to see a lot of people come out for the kick-off meeting,” Ellis said. “We are ready for a great kick-off event and begin our plans for the Relay event.”
The meeting is planned for Tuesday, Jan. 24 beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Antigone’s in downtown Brewton.
“Team captains are invited to bring their favorite finger food to share at the meeting,” Ellis said. “This will be a great time of food, fun, fellowship and be prepared for a new year with new hope.”
At last count, four teams had made a commitment to participate in the annual event including Georgia Pacific, Jefferson Davis Community College, D.W. McMillan Hospital and T.R. Miller High School.
In anticipation of the upcoming Relay event, some teams are already making plans for fundraising events.
The T.R. Miller High School team has made arrangements to offer a spaghetti supper as a fundraiser for the group.
The dinner, which includes a spaghetti entrée, salad, bread and tea and will be served by team members throughout the evening.
The fundraising dinner will be held Feb. 6 at David’s Catfish House from 5 to 7 p.m. Dinner tickets are available for $10 each and can be purchased from any member of the T.R. Miller High School team or from Debra Mullis, who serves as team captain, in the school office.
The Relay for Life event is planned for May 5 with a start time to be determined during a captain meeting planning session.
Ellis said more teams are needed for the event to be successful in meeting goals for cancer research funded through the American Cancer Scoeity.
“No matter who you are, there’s a place for you at Relay,” Ellis said. “Each dollar you raise will help save lives.”
Teams typically consist of at least 10 members with no maximum number of members set. Teams are asked to raise funds throughout the season leading up to the annual Relay for Life event.
The American Cancer Society helps local groups plan and organize the annual Relay event using the leadrshi of area residents, businesses and industry leaders.
Ellis said attending a Relay for Life meeting will provide information on how to form a team, requirements of team membership and suggestions on how to raise funds for ACS.
To learn more about the American Cancer Society or the Relay for Life events, visit the ACS Website at