Relay for Life set for Saturday

May 26, 2009

By Jim Feehan

A record number of participants are expected for this year’s Issaquah Relay for Life event May 30-31.“We’re expecting about a 1,000 participants, which is up from about 800 last year,” said Relay for Life event co-chair Karen Conley.

This year’s Relay will break from tradition and be at Skyline High School, due to construction at Issaquah High School. 

The evening’s highlight will still be the always-impressive memorial luminaries, lit up in remembrance of those who have won and lost their battles with cancer. The luminaria event will be held at 10 p.m. May 30. 

The event begins at noon with the Survivor’s Lap, followed by a survivor celebration of life. A Salon & Pure Indulgence Hair Design, a local salon, will offer haircuts from 1-5 p.m. with the hair submitted to Pantene Lengths to make wigs for cancer survivors.

Relay concludes at 8 a.m. Sunday. Team members will camp out on the track’s infield and there will be live entertainment, Conley said.

Earlier this year, six members of the team Highland Tigers, from Skyline High School, hosted a fundraising skating exhibit at Castle Ice. About 15 teenage skaters from the Seattle area performed at the event that raised about $800.

Two weeks prior to the event, about $75,000 had been raised. 

“We should get a big chunk of money on Bank Night,” Conley said of the May 26 event when participants turn in money they’ve raised. “We’ll also receive a lot of donations the day of the event and online donations in the days following the Relay for Life event.”

A silent auction will also help raise money, 1- 5 p.m. at the relay.

About 75 teams have registered for the event. This year’s goal is $240,000. 

On the Web

Donate at www.relay4 life.com.

 

If you go

Issaquah Relay for Life

Noon May 30 – 8 a.m. May 31

Skyline High School

1122 228th Ave. S.E., Sammamish

Reach Reporter Jim Feehan at 392-6434, ext. 239, or jfeehan@isspress.com. Comment on this story at www.issaquahpress.com.

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