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Los Alamos Relay For Life Slated For Saturday

on September 26, 2017 - 5:55am
Los Alamos Daily Post

Twelve teams have registered to participate in the 2017 Los Alamos Relay for Life, which kicks off with an opening ceremony at 9 a.m. Saturday at Ashley Pond Park.

The event raises money for the American Cancer Society and the community is invited to participate in a number of ways. In former years, Los Alamos Relay for Life teams have walked throughout the night, however, this year participants may begin to walk at 10 a.m. and can walk for whatever amount of time they wish between 10 a.m. and the 9 p.m. closing ceremony.

There is still time for walkers to register online and those who register in advance and raise $100 or more will receive an event t-shirt when they check in at the event. Those who are not registered are still welcome to walk in the Relay and a limited number of T-shirts will be available onsite at 8 a.m. Saturday for a donation of $25 or more. Donations of any amount will be accepted at the event tent on the Trinity side of Ashley Pond.

The honorary emcee for the opening ceremony is Russ Gordon. Other speakers include Raven Anderson, community development manager for the American Cancer Society and local event coordinator Rachal Allen and Tonya Sprouse-Mullins.

Allen said she feels that the most important event of the day will be the Survivors Lap, which begins at 9:30 a.m. so she has invited the community to turn out in force to cheer the survivors on. At 9:45 a.m., caregivers and family members are invited to join survivors for a lap of the pond.

At 10 a.m., the main Relay begins as well as an hour of Zumba organized by Natalie Smith. There is no cost for the Zumba but donations may be made at the main event tent. At 10 a.m. also, Party to Go will open their bounce houses that cost $3 for five minutes with 25 percent of the proceeds going to Relay for Life.

Tonya’s Angels, a Relay team led by Sprouse-Mullins, will host a dunk tank 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with members of the Los Alamos Police Department and Los Alamos Fire Department expected to be dunked. Dunk tank balls will cost $1 each. Two units from LAFD also will be on hand and there will be various pieces of fire equipment for children to explore.

Tonya’s Angels will sell frito pies 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. next to the dunk tank. Food also will be available for purchase at nearby businesses and Don Villa’s food van across Trinity from the pond will remain open until 9 p.m.

At 1 p.m. there will be a Survivors Birthday Party with cake provided by Smith’s Marketplace.

The Los Alamos Hill Stompers are scheduled to play noon to 2 p.m. The band Trouble Cliff, which plays funk, traditional jazz, folk, hip hop and New Orleans grooves will be on stage 3-5 p.m. DJ Art Martinez will be there 6 p.m. until the closing ceremony at 9 p.m. The community is invited to bring chairs, blankets and picnics and enjoy a day of music and entertainment.

At 2 p.m. there will be a mass release of balloons with messages or personal notes to people who have passed away as a result of cancer. The balloons cost $5 each. The ceremony will be conducted by the Los Alamos County Chaplain Corps who will be available throughout the day if needed.

KRSN AM 1490 is sponsoring the silent auction again this year and Gillian Sutton has gathered a large array of attractive items. he auction will run 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Luminaria bags will be available for purchase and decoration at the event tent throughout the day at a cost of $10. The bags will be filled and placed prior to the 6 p.m. Luminaria Ceremony.

Sponsors for the event to date include; Los Alamos Medical Center, KRSN AM 1490, Los Alamos Daily Post, Time Out Pizza, Party to Go, KZRR 94 Rock, Metzgers Do It Best, Allan Wadlinger and Smith’s Marketplace.