The Relay For Life of Frankenmuth has ventured into many changes over the years and the 12th annual event will take on a new look as well.
This year’s theme is "Community Camping for a Cure” as the organizers are saying “No S’More” to cancer. The Relay will be held in the St. Lorenz Lutheran Churchgrove Campground for 12 hours, from 7pm Friday, June 3, until 7am Saturday, June 4.
“The focus of this year’s event is Community and we are working to bring together all your friends, family, neighbors and co-workers,” American Cancer Society spokesperson Brian Krause said.
Since 2005, the Relay For Life of Frankenmuth has raised $957,012 in the fight against cancer. The event was held in Heritage Park for many of those years.
“This year, we want to bring even more people to our event as we cross the $1 million mark,” Krause stated. “This year’s presenting sponsor, the Frankenmuth Credit Union, has raised over $214,000 and has been a team since the beginning.”
Money raised from Relay will go to fund local programs like the wig bank at Allure�� Salon, free rides to treatment for cancer patients, free or reduced room rates when patients travel for treatment, and the 1-800-227-2345 number which is available at any time for counseling and support.
The Relay will set up campsites from noon until 4:30pm, followed by a barbecued chicken, bratwurst, hamburger and hot dog dinner served at 5pm. The live music, silent auction and some activities will begin at 5:15pm. The opening ceremony, with survivor caregiver laps, will begin at 7pm.
��s at every Relay event, we will honor cancer survivors with a special ceremony that includes a survivor t-shirt and a memorable survivor lap. A moving Luminaria ceremony will line the entire track with Luminaria bags, then scroll the names of loved ones who are fighting cancer or have lost their battle to cancer, followed by a candlelit memory lap,” Krause explained.
The itinerary includes music, DJs, a transition ceremony, a bonfire that begins at 11:30pm, a baked potato bar, campfire stories, sing-a-longs, hot dog roast, scavenger hunt, S’mores, a sunrise service at 6:15am and the closing ceremony and pancake breakfast at 7am. The pavilion will also be open the entire time of the Relay.
The games and activities include line dancing, Karaoke, Zumba, board games, a Euchre Tournament and possibly a polka band.
There is still time to gather a team of friends, family or co-workers and reserve a campsite, Krause pointed out. Every team will have their own campsite at Churchgrove which will be home base for their team. Teams should bring tents or their camper and decorated their site. Prizes will be awarded for the best decorated site along with many other awards.
“The public is invited to come join us and Celebrate, Remember and Fight Back,” Krause exclaimed.
The Relay For Life leadership team is looking for Relay teams, planning committee members, survivors, caregivers, and entertainers. A meeting will be held tonight (April 27) at 6pm in the Bavarian Inn Lodge’s Mosel Room.
For more information, email Brian Krause at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at 989-493-0240. Persons may also visit the Relay website www.relayforlife.org/frankenmuthmi.