LONG BEACH — The Bank of Pacific, McDonalds, Jack’s Country Store, Salon LOL, South Pacific County Firefighters Union #3999, the Cancer Kickers and Naselle Youth Camp were some of the teams represented Wednesday at the first Relay for Life meeting since its kickoff in December.

“Seasons of Hope” is the theme for this year’s Relay for Life of the Long Beach Peninsula, which will take place at the Ilwaco High School track from 7 p.m., Friday, June 24 to 1 p.m., Saturday, June 25. The 18-hour event will feature an opening lap celebrating cancer survivors, a luminaria ceremony to honor those who have had cancer, uplifting presentations, music, food, games, costumes, community spirit and participants walking the track to symbolize the fact that cancer never sleeps. 

Last year’s Long Beach Relay for Life raised about $44,000 to be used for cancer research, education and finding a cure.

There is still time to register for this year’s Relay, and teams can consist of families, friends, church or school groups, fraternal organizations, businesses or any other group desired. Teams that are small in number can also join forces with another group to create a bigger team. The team registration fee is $100, and each Relay for Life participant is asked to fundraise at least $100, which will earn them a 2011 Relay for Life T-shirt.

Business sponsorships are split into several categories: bronze ($250 donation), silver ($500), gold ($1,000), and platinum ($1,500). Event sponsors are printed on the back of the Relay T-shirts, and each sponsor’s team registration fee is waived. Area businesses can also help by donating silent auction items or hosting an event where a portion of the day’s proceeds go to Relay for Life.

A brainstorming session took place at the Jan. 5 Relay meeting to share activity ideas for the event, as well as plans for a Relay for Life float to enter into the Loyalty Days parades in May.

The Relay committee and teams are still in the discussion phase when it comes to past and future fundraising activities, such as garage sales, the firefighters’ chili cook-off, lasagna feeds, Little Caesar’s pizza sales, silent auctions, dessert and candy sales and putting out donation cans. 

The next Relay meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 2 at the Chautauqua Lodge. The team meeting starts at 6 p.m., with the committee meeting starting at 7 p.m. All with an interest are encouraged to attend.

Teams can register on the Relay for Life of the Long Beach Peninsula website, www.relayforlife.org/longbeachwa, or by contacting Sam Burton at lbrelayonline@gmail.com. Cancer survivors and caregivers are especially encouraged to participate.

For further information about the Relay for Life of the Long Beach Peninsula or serving on its committee, log onto the event website or contact Jeff Archer at j_a_fire@yahoo.com or 642-2338. 

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