Relay for Life readies for 2017 event

Members of the Second Baptist Church team decorate their tent and campsite for the 2017 Relay for Life of Oktibbeha County. (Submitted photo)
Staff Writer

The 2017 Relay for Life of Oktibbeha County is taking place Friday evening at the Mississippi Horse Park's indoor arena, and the event is set to begin at 5 p.m. rain or shine.

This year's theme — "Heroes of Hope: Fighting for a World Without Cancer" — encourages others that anyone can be a hero in the fight against cancer.

The goal of this year's Relay for Life of Oktibbeha County is to raise $100,000 at the local level to donate to the American Cancer Society. The money will go to the ACS's research, education, advocacy and patient assistance programs.

During the event, teams will have campsites set up around the track with a variety of fundraisers, from food sales to raffles. Each team will continuously have someone walking the track, symbolizing the fight against cancer.

The event will feature games, food, music and live entertainment but the main focus will be to recognize people who have battled cancer and their caretakers.

The following schedule has been released by the Relay for Life of Oktibbeha County team.

5 p.m. — Karaoke/music/registration
6 p.m. — Recognition of Event Sponsors and invitation of cancer survivors and caregivers to the track6:15 p.m. — Opening Ceremony, followed by the Cancer Survivors and Caregivers Laps
6:40 p.m. — Presentation of awards for Power in Purple participants
7 p.m. — Musical entertainment by Michele Mundy
7:40 p.m. — Friday Night Fever (Relay Games and Line Dancing)
8:20 p.m. — Musical entertainment by Bert Currie and Chuck Schimpf
9 p.m. — Introductions before Luminary Ceremony and call for survivors/caregivers to take their places beside luminaries and torches purchased in their honor
9:15 p.m. — Luminary and Torch of Hope Ceremony, followed by closing remarks
10 p.m. — Free time, music and cleanup
11 p.m. — Depart for home

Teams participating in the 2017 Relay for Life of Oktibbeha County include Oktibbeha County Master Gardeners, Renasant Bank, Team Simpson, Team Magnolia Grace, Beth-el Missionary Baptist Church Cancer Bandits, Second Baptist Church, New Prairie Grove Missionary Baptist Church, First Baptist Church of Longview, the Sturgis Baptist Church A-Team, Southwire Co., OCH Regional Medical Center, Kirby Building Systems, North Mississippi Medical Center Cancer Care, the Mississippi Horse Park, C-Spire, Baptist Memorial Hospital Cancer Care, Walmart, the PopPorium, Kroger, No Limit Jiu-Jitsu, Pack 14 Cub Scouts, Flexsteel and HendersonWard-Stewart Elementary School.

Platinum Sponsors are Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle and Southern Air Solutions, Southwire Co. Gold Level sponsors include Starkville Clinic for Women, Ameriprise Financial Services, Garan Manufacturing and C-Spire. Silver Level sponsors are McReynolds Orthodontics, Synergetics DCS, OCH Regional Medical Center and E.T. George Investment Services.

This year's Signature Level sponsor is Starkville Smiles.

More information can be found on the Relay for Life of Oktibbeha County's Facebook page.