Relay for life to feature local sponsors, band

MILFORD — June 16 is shaping up to be a great event for the community to enjoy and help raise funds for the American Cancer Society through Relay For Life, according to organizers.

Milford’s Relay has adopted the theme — Moonlight Mardi Gras, Help Unmask The Cure.

Bayhealth is this year’s Premium Sponsor.

Along with food trucks, Mr. Bar-B-Que of Milford and Po’Boys Creole of Milton, the community can partake in the King “cup” Cake raffle. Raffle tickets can be purchased for $2 each. Each purchase will get the buyer a complimentary cupcake. There will be a winner selected at each participating team site at 7:30 p.m., then an overall winner will be chosen following the trackside mardi gras parade.

This year’s Relay will be held at the Old Middle School track and field.

“We are grateful for our partners, Milford School District and City of Milford, along with Premium Sponsor, Bayhealth. Other sponsors include Redner’s Warehouse Markets, Tunnel & Raysor, Service Energy, Midway Services, Oak Construction, Iron Source, Pepsi, A-1 Sanitation Service, Plead The Fifth Band and Wilson’s Auction Sales. Without their generous support, we could not have been able to hold the event,” event Co-chair Carmen Kemper said.

The Relay program includes teams of individuals, co-workers, family members or business groups walking the track from 5 p.m. until midnight while raising money for cancer research and survivor and caregiver support. Teams can sign up online or on site that evening.

Walking begins at 5 p.m. The opening ceremony quickly follows at 6 p.m.

The ceremony includes a welcome and a keynote address from Bayhealth Nurse Practitioner Sandra Voss followed by the recognition lap of teams.

The banner will be held by the top fundraising team as of June 13. Survivors and caregivers will lead the Survivor Lap recognizing the fight is long and hard but together, strides can be made to beat cancer and find a cure.

Registered survivors and caregivers are treated to a reception dinner after the Survivor’s Lap.

The King “cup” Cake raffle tickets can be purchased from 5 p.m. to 7:25 p.m.

Local favorite, Plead The Fifth Band will perform from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

At approximately 7:30 p.m., the first ever mardi gras track parade will take place, one that organizers say is a parade like never seen before.

Teams have been encouraged to decorate a child’s wagon or garden wagon for the parade.

There will also be cold air balloons with a twist. Everyone is encouraged to grab their mardi gras masks and beads and bring them along for the fun.

A Luminary Ceremony will follow at 9:30 p.m.

The annual ceremony is another activity the public can participate in during the event by purchasing bags online at Milford’s Relay For Life page.

If the person knows a team name they would like to give the credit to for the $10 purchase, they may do so. Or, at the event, a luminary bag can be purchased at the registration tent. The Luminary bags will line the track and will glow leading to the ceremony at 9:30 p.m.

Each bag has a name in honor or in memory of for a survivor, caregiver or a person that has lost the battle with cancer.

Each bag has one name. Markers will be available for bags purchased on site. Online bags will be completed by volunteers prior to the event and placed along the track. From 10 p.m. until midnight, tunes will be mixed for walkers to enjoy their favorite tunes and possible breakout flash mob dancing.

The evening will close with a ceremony at 11:50 p.m., reminding everyone the fight is not over and the cure is within reach with everyone’s effort.

More information can be found at the Facebook page for Milford Relay For Life, and again on the American Cancer Society website for Relay For Life, Milford, DE.

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