JACKSON— The annual Relay for Life kick-off dinner was held recently, meaning teams will now kick into high gear raising money for the American Cancer Society (ACS).
Each year the Jackson Jaycees prepare an Italian dinner for the kick-off, where the various chairs of the event provide information on upcoming fundraisers and goals for the teams attending.
Team Captain meeting dates were announced and will be held at the First Nazarene Church of Jackson at 7 p.m. The meeting dates are April 16, May 21, June 18 and July 16.
Co-chair Kim White talked about the planned Community Day, and Fundraising Chair, Carrie Kisor provided information on the planned Bark for Life to be held one Saturday in April, but she was unsure of which Saturday it would be at the time. She did know it would be held at Manpower Park and there would be a $20 registration fee per dog.
This is all done in preparation for the Relay for Life to be held on Friday, Aug. 9, and Saturday, Aug. 10, of this year at the Jackson Middle School track.
Teams were already selling candy bars and coming up with creative ways to raise money for their teams, but now that the dinner has come and gone the teams will step it up even more.
This year is a little more special than past years as it is the 100th Anniversary of the ACS.
ACS Income Development Representative Hilary Patrick stressed how important the work of the teams are as each little bit raised for research and development moves a cure for cancer a little bit closer to becoming a reality.
Some statistics showing the importance of continuing to raise money for the ACS show that 400 lives a day are being saved in the U. S., and that 1.2 million people survived cancer this year thanks to the hard work of Relay teams like the ones in Jackson who continue to go the extra mile to raise money.
Several teams were recognized at the dinner for their achievements in raising large sums of money and helping to make Jackson’s Relay one of the biggest in the state.
The Jackson County Times-Journal will update the public on upcoming Relay events as they become available.