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Changes are in store for Relay For Life

June 15, 2006

To say that this year's Relay For Life event in Baldwin City will be different is an understatement. Everything has changed -- except the cause.

Ordinarily, Relay For Life has been held the first or second week in May. This time it will begin at 7 p.m. Friday and last until 7 a.m. Saturday. Instead of the usual site at Baker University's Liston Stadium, the relay will be in the parking lot of Baldwin High School. And, oh, yes, this year's version includes Eudora residents who aren't having their own relay this year.

"Most definitely, it's going to be a different one," said Susan England, co-chair of Relay For Life. "We are getting very excited about Relay For Life and hope that the Baldwin City community will come out in support."

England said there's still time to get teams signed up for the annual fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.

"It is not too late to have teams sign up if they would like to participate," she said. "They just might not get a participant shirt because we had to preorder those."

Friday's opening ceremony is set for 7 p.m., with the Survivor Lap, Caregiver Lap and Youth Lap following. Also after the opening ceremony there will the Worden United Methodist Church provide a dinner for the survivors.

"This event is for our survivors and we want them to feel welcome to stay, even all night if they would like to," said England.

The Luminaria Ceremony will be at 9 p.m. and there will be an Empty Table ceremony at the conclusion. Much like signing teams up, there's still time to purchase luminaries.

"People are still calling asking if it is too late to buy luminaries," she said. "We will sell them right up until the luminaria ceremony and they are $10 each."

That's not all that's available.

"It was such a huge success last year that we will once again be having the silent basket auction," said England. "There will be lots of gift baskets for the silent auction donated by local businesses and relay teams. People should come ready to bid on these wonderful items. There are also raffle tickets available for a beautiful quilt, handmade by Florence Milliman of Pomona that will be given away at the relay. Tickets for the quilt are $1 apiece of six for $5."

There will be new items at the relay, to go along with the new time and place.

"New this year is a Look Good Feel Better area that will be located in the commons area of the high school," she said. "Some of the services available in LFGV area are massages, hand treatments, foot soaks, nutrition information, hair and make-up tips and advice. There will also be free give-away products from each of those representatives.

There will also be a concession stand, run by the BHS cheerleaders, which will have drinks, fruit, candy, chili and nachos. New this year will be Dippin' Dots.

As usual, there are activities planned throughout the night.

"We will be having many activities throughout the night including relay races, musical chairs and karaoke, just to list a few," said England. "There will be a moon walk for the kids. For those die-hard relayers, breakfast will be served at around 5 a.m.

Anyone still wanting to sign up for the relay or buy luminaries can call England at 594-4896. So far, 15 teams are signed up, two from Eudora. It will be a different relay, but it's still for a good cause.

"Baker University remains a corporate sponsor of Relay For Life in Baldwin City, although we will not have any teams of Baker students this year because of the timing of the relay," she said. "However, we have gained some teams from Eudora this year. Eudora has joined the Baldwin relay this year and we are looking forward to the collaboration."

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