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Imlay City to host 2011 Relay-4-Life


More than 40 teams meet at fairgrounds on Sat.


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Last year’s Relay For Life in Imlay City attracted dozens of teams and hundreds of walkers, all dedicated to finding a cure for cancer.

June 08, 2011
IMLAY CITY — Hundreds of cancer survivors, volunteers and walkers will congregate at the Eastern Michigan Fairgrounds this Saturday for the 2011 Lapeer County Relay For Life.

The June 11th 8 a.m. Opening Ceremony will feature an Imlay City American Legion color guard and a dove release. The event runs 24 hours and will close on Sunday, June 12.

The 2011 American Cancer Society fundraiser will also feature the event's first-ever You Tube filming of "Purple Flash Mob Dance," starting at 12:30 p.m.

The day's activities also include an outstanding lineup of entertainment, all of whom have donated their services for the event.

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Those scheduled to appear include Flint-area vocalist Jennifer McMillan (from 11:30-noon); a free 30-minute Zumba!! class at noon, conducted by Michelle Butterfield.

Don Capman's Jazz Trio takes the stage at 2:30 p.m.; followed by popular country artists R&R Doubletake at 4:30 p.m.

The entertainment schedule concludes at 8:30 p.m. with a performance by teen singing sensation T.J. Craven.

Interspersed with the musical entertainment are the Mid-Michigan Therapy Dogs from 10 a.m.-noon; the "Fight Back" ceremony at 2 p.m., featuring 82nd District Rep. Kevin Daley; a Silent Auction from 3-5:30 p.m.; the Survivor Ceremony at 6 p.m.; Live Auction at 7 p.m.; and the traditional Luminaria Ceremony at 9:45 p.m. The day's activities conclude with a flag retirement ceremony at 11 p.m.

For those inclined to burn the midnight oil, volunteer D.J. Pat Stammers will host a "Midnight Cafe," to include light food and beverages.

2011 Relay Chairperson Joyce Capman says the goal is to raise $160,000 through sponsorships and accumulated contributions from businesses, groups, organizations and individuals.

"With all of the people involved, we feel it's an achievable goal," says Capman. "We're also pleased to see so many young people getting involved. They bring a lot of energy and enthusiasm to the event."

American Cancer Society Representative Kristy Cook is marking her first year heading up the Lapeer County Relay. She succeeds longtime ACS Representative Carol Boom, who retired on June 1.

"The Lapeer Relay is nationally known and ranked twenty-first in the nation last year, having raised $180,000 in 2010," said Cook. "I think my predecessor, Carol Boom, had a lot to do with that success.

"This is my first event and I'm looking forward to being there," Cook continued. "This is a great event and an opportunity for the whole county to get involved in the cause."

For more information about the American Cancer Society and the Lapeer County Relay for Life, call 810-733-3702, or e-mail to: kristycook@cancer.org.

Tom Wearing started at the Tri-City Times in 1989, covering the Village of Capac as a beat reporter. He later served stints as assistant editor and editor. Today, he covers Imlay City and Almont as a staff writer. He enjoys music and plays drums and sings with various musical groups in the Detroit Metropolitan area.
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