Relay for Life fundraising at $66K

Published 12:00 am Thursday, April 21, 2016

Survivors start the first lap of the 2015 Relay for Life event.  File photo

Survivors start the first lap of the 2015 Relay for Life event.
File photo

Covington County’s Relay for Life is about two-thirds of the way toward its $100,000 goal, after holding bank night Tuesday night, chairman Larry Brown said.

The annual fundraiser for the American Cancer Society is set for this Friday at the Kiwanis Community Center.

“We have a number of teams who still have money to turn in, and we’ll be raising money Friday night,” he said.

Among the fundraisers planned is a huge slide for children and adults. Slide tickets are $5.

The theme for this year’s event is Festivals Around the World. And this year’s event will have a new twist – a butterfly search.

RFL chairman Larry Brown said a butterfly will be hidden at the Kiwanis Center before teams begin setting up for the annual American Cancer Society Fundraiser.

“The person who finds the butterfly will win a prize,” Brown said. “It’s just a little twist we’ve put on it this year.”

The butterfly is symbolic of the transformation that often occurs for victims of cancer.

“Before gaining its beauty and the ability to take flight, a caterpillar must embark on a journey that can seem unbearable,” the Cancer Society wrote. “However, it perseveres with the hope that it will emerge stronger. And it does, transforming into a butterfly now able to soar, seeing life form a new perspective.”

The person who finds the butterfly is asked to return it, to be shared again and again.

Relay begins at 6 p.m. with opening ceremonies, followed by a survivors’ lap.