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Tonight's the night for local Relay for Life

By Staff
RELAY FOR LIFE  Luminaries honor the lives of people who died of cancer, providing a dramatic display at Relay for Life. File photo
By Steve Gillespie/The Meridian Star
June 8, 2001
The Relay for Life all night walk-a-thon begins tonight at Meridian High School's Ray Stadium. The annual fund-raiser for the American Cancer Society kicks off with opening ceremonies at 7 p.m.
A total of $167,000 was taken in during the fund-raiser's Bank Night Tuesday. Other monies had already been deposited. Jones said this year's goal of $325,000 is still reachable.
There are 126 teams participating in this year's event, each with a maximum of 15 members. By Wednesday 1,100 luminaries had been purchased in honor of people who have battled cancer.
Off-site parking for the event will be available at Poplar Springs Drive Methodist Church and Poplar Springs Drive Baptist Church with free trolley rides to and from the stadium from 5 p.m.-midnight.
From 4 p.m. until midnight, a Cancer Smart Shop will be in operation to supply information on cancer screenings.
At 8:30 p.m. the all-night volleyball games will begin. Team members will compete in one of two categories, A Team Volleyball, which allows spiking, or B Team Volleyball no spiking allowed.
Team camp sites and displays are sure to be interesting this year. The list includes Calvary Baptist Church, which will have an antique car on site in keeping with its 1950s theme; the Church of the Mediator will offer fried fish cooked by Robert Brand; Mississippi Power Company will offer bucket rides on one of its trucks; Northcrest Baptist Church will have an old Volkswagen in its camp to enhance its 1960s Hippie theme. The church will also sell funnel cakes; Old Navy will set up a huge dog house; The Radio People team will have a climbing wall; Rush Foundation Hospital will feature a full-size replica of Andy Houston's McDonald's Ford Taurus NASCAR race car, with a computer simulator for fans to race in; St. Paul Episcopal Church will be making and selling beignets and will also have a space jump for children.
Jones added that plenty of hotdogs, hamburgers and soft drinks will be available.
Itinerary:
6 p.m. Survivor's reception.
7 p.m. Opening ceremonies.
7:15 p.m. Cancer Survivor's Walk followed by the Parade of Teams.
8:30 p.m. All night volleyball games begin.
9 p.m. Judging of camp showmanship and dinner competitions.
10 p.m. Luminary ceremony.
11 p.m. Musical entertainment by Dirty Dogs.
12 a.m. Midnight snack competition.
2 a.m. Pajama competition.
3:30 a.m. Pancake breakfast served by the Meridian Optimists Club.
5:30 a.m. Closing ceremonies, which will include information on who raised the most money for the American Cancer Society.
Steve Gillespie is a staff writer for The Meridian Star. Call him at 693-1551, ext. 3233, or e-mail him at sgillespie@themeridianstar.com.

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