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‘Relay For Life’ Is This Saturday

By Staff | Jun 16, 2011

Fun and games are scheduled for all day Saturday during Relay For Life. In addition to teams walking relay-style, there will be plenty of things for the general public to enjoy on the Courthouse Square in Emmetsburg.

Opening ceremonies are scheduled for 12 noon. The Color Guard will present the flags as Teresa Alesch sings the National Anthem.

The first lap will be led by Team Hope, comprised of cancer survivors. They will walk the track at 12:15 p.m.

Entertainment is scheduled throughout the afternoon, including Little Lassie Annie Brennan, Impulse Dance Academy dancers, and Zumba Dance class. Singers include Kiersten Duhn and Bailey Garrelts, Rachel Duhn, Cassidy Clark, Christian Matthews, Kayla Joyce and Sara Harris, Little Miss Shamrock Tatum Iverson and Irish Miss Briana Campbell will perform. Halle McCullough and Ashley Warren will have a dance routine, followed by singers Kayla, Molly and Calista Joyce and Sacha Alesch. Kayla Sandbeck will sing and Lindsey Carter will dance, followed by singers Shelby Brindley, Molli Schmeling, Chelsey Rouse and Hillary Pico.

Throughout the afternoon there will be games and prizes, including inflatables for the kids to enjoy.

The Dunk Tank is a big hit at Relay For Life. Those brave enough to be on the schedule include: Matt Pugh, Darrin Adams, Jay Jurrens, Coach Brennan, Ted Foxhoven, Todd Suhr, Eric Hanson, Coach Carter, Coach Pickett, Lynn Schultes, Deb Harris, Steve Lovik from the American Cancer Society, Cody Alesch, Deena Fries, Coach Dunlap, Coach Hanson and Coach Birkey. Also, a Relay For Life team participant will be raising money throughout the day to stay off the dunk tank.

Fifteen teams will participate in Relay For Life this Saturday on the Courthouse Square.

Teams and team captains are:?Emmetsburg High School, Linda Welander; Rodman/West Bend, Mary Dawson; Palo Alto County Hospital Auxiliary, Kathy Merrill; Family Practice Clinic, Marcy Simington; Catholic Daughters, Lou Ann Huberty; United Methodist Church, Ayrshire, Helen Merrill.

Additional teams have relay events during the day:?Iowa Trust – Team Allstars, captains Jen Swift, Kari Mueller and Lindsey Jones, hot dogs, popcorn, pop and water all day; Cure Crusaders, captains Dee Schmitz and Donna Tonderum, providing walking tacos all day; Team Tonderum, Kim and Teresa Tonderum captains, providing burgers, chips and count the tabs in the pop bottle; Cancer Hunters, captains Tabby and Terry Murphy, offering pulled pork, chips, pop and water all day; Pink Chicks, Sara Carney and Tracie Schulz, in charge of the dunk tank; Team Herke, Kelli Peton captain, Brownie Sundays in souvenir cups; JLB?Fishing, Cheryl Harris captain, A&W?Root Beer floats from 2 to 4 p.m.; GT?High School/ Team Alesch, Tiffany?Harris captain, duck pond game; and Team Wild Rose, Julie Olson and Beth Elman captains, lemonade, fruit punch in coconut cups, leis, T-shirts and hibiscus hair clips.

The Relay Committee is offering raffles for several items, including a new bicycle, a quilt, a one-year membership to the Smith Wellness Center, a 50-inch flat screen television and even a laptop computer. Tickets are available from committee members and at Relay For Life this Saturday.

The Luminaria Ceremony begins at sundown. This touching ceremony honors the community’s cancer survivors and remembers those lost to the disease. Teams will circle the track, which will be rimmed with glowing luminarias. The names of survivors and those lost to the disease will be read aloud.

Luminarias can be purchased in advance and also on Relay Day. Contact Sherri freeman at 712-480-3825.

In case of rain, the event will remain on the Courthouse Square in Emmetsburg.