Feet, water to save lives with Relay for Life fundraiser

MILFORD — The 2018 Milford Relay for Life teams will be participating in the upcoming 15th Annual Bug & Bud Festival, Saturday, April 28 in Downtown Milford. Among the many vendors, relay teams will be selling items to help raise money for their annual community event here in Milford. Thanks to partners such as the Milford School District, city of Milford, Bayhealth and several others, this year’s event expects to be another success story.

Among the teams are Charlie’s Angels, Walkers For Life, Sunshine 4-H Club and Rising Dawn Redners Markets 18, 57, 58 teams. Some of the items for sale include foot cards and luminaries and other items are offered for raffles.  Each team decides on their independent fundraisers to reach their goals.

Carmen Kemper, Milford Relay co-event lead said, “Charlie’s Angels will offer complimentary bottled water to attendees wishing to save lives.  The recipient drinks the water and then has a month to fill the bottle with dimes and return it the night of relay as an individual fundraiser.  We all have loose change lying around…silver save lives, too.”

Foot cards help attendees exclaim their support of loved ones or honor loved ones during the festival.  The feet cost just $1 and will be displayed on two large feet at relay team booth spaces.

“A favorite among most supporters is the luminary bag. Each bag purchased will be displayed the night of the relay and will include the name of a loved one the donor chooses to have placed on the bag. It is a magnificent sight to see the track at the old Milford Middle School lined by luminary bags illuminating the track. The ceremony is a profound example of how a community comes together to support and honor those here locally fighting the battle against cancer and honoring those that lost the battle. All families are or have been affected by the deadly disease. Relay is a community pushing back with the help of the American Cancer Society, which offers free rides to treatments, coordinated accommodations for treatments and caregiver support,” Luminary Lead Tina Rambo said.

Relay for Life is a nationwide fundraising event organized by local volunteer committees to help raise money for research and support programming through the American Cancer Society.

Milford’s Relay for Life will be held Saturday, June 16 at the old Milford Middle School Track located next to Seabury Avenue.

The event begins at 5 p.m. with the official first lap and survivor ceremony at 6 p.m. The event includes relay walking teams from Milford and surrounding communities that have begun their fundraising efforts through team events and individual fundraising and Relay App fundraising.

The Luminary Ceremony will take place at 9:30 p.m. Registration forms for individual and team signups will be available. Businesses that would like to sponsor the annual event can contact Charles Gray, co-event lead, at 604-9446. Businesses contributing more than $500 by May 8 will be included on the event T-shirt, website and mentioned during the event.

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