Jefferson Relay for Life meeting tonight

TOUCHING BASE — Connie Crawford, right, a participant in the Jefferson County Relay for Life, touched base with Tracy Barnhouse, American Cancer Society community development manager, at the January planning meeting. -- Janice Kiaski

STEUBENVILLE — Tonight’s planning meeting for the 2019 Jefferson County Relay for Life will include discussion on having an open house type event to promote the fundraiser that benefits American Cancer Society research and programs.

The meeting will get under way at 6 p.m. in room 1504 at Eastern Gateway Community College, 4000 Sunset Blvd. and is open to anyone interested in learning more or being a part of event held locally for more than 20 years.

The schedule of events and sponsorships also are on the agenda.

This year’s relay will be held from 6 p.m. on June 21 to 9 a.m. on June 22 at the Toronto Jr.-Sr. High School Clarke Hinkle Stadium, located at 300 Myers St. in Toronto.

The relay raises funds to help the ACS with research, patient services, advocacy and education. It welcomes the public to participate, donate or just observe what is a community-oriented event offering food, live entertainment and fun in a setting that honors survivors and those who have lost their battle, according to organizers.

This year’s goal is to raise $100,000. The theme is a Disney-oriented one — “Where Cures Come True.”

The event co-chairs are Emily Russell and Tom Simmons. Tracy Barnhouse of Noble County is the local relay’s ACS community development manager.

Survivors to walk in the opening lap are being recruited and will be honored at an onsite dinner afterward.

Team fundraisers are promoted at the meeting.

Steppin’ for Sisters, for example, is sponsoring a two-day event at the Stratton Municipal Building. There will be a craft and vendor show there from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on March 23 with concessions provided by Steppin’ for Sisters. It also will include a 50-50 drawing and a Chinese auction. The following day, March 24, the team will hold a quarter auction there with doors opening at 1 p.m. and the auction starting at 2 p.m. Admission of $5 includes one paddle with additional paddles available for $2 each. Team G-Force will provide concessions.

The relay will involve a luminary ceremony with luminaries available for a $10 donation in memory or in honor of a loved one’s battle with cancer. Russell reminded that the luminary slideshow pictures need to be turned in by the March meeting with correct name spelling. They also can be e-mailed to Russell at emily.relay19@gmail.com.

Barnhouse can be contacted by phone at (740) 509-0196 or by e-mail to tracy.barnhouse@cancer.org. Russell can be contacted via e-mail at emily.relay19@gmail.com. For information about the ACS and services and programs it offers, visit cancer.org. The cancer helpline number is (800) 227-2345.

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