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Relay set to surpass $1 million

Harrison County began its Relay For Life event in 1997.
Raising $960,000 since its inception, it will likely top the $1 million mark Friday night into Saturday morning when this year’s event is held at the Corydon Central High School track, located at 375 Country Club Road in south Corydon.
In fact, this year’s event theme is ‘A Million More Birthdays.’
Interested people have three avenues to donate: to a participant, a team or the general event.
‘We are planning on doing lots and lots of events all through the night,’ event chair Robin Bays said.
Relay will begin Friday with music and announcements and bouncy houses at 3 p.m. and the sixth annual Uesseler chicken dinner at 5:30 p.m. The cost for a dinner is $7 (tickets can be purchased in advance for $6). Lunch sales will also take place Friday at 11 a.m. at the Corydon Moose Lodge. Moose members will grill Tyson chicken halves, and St. John’s Lutheran Church members will prepare the meals.
Tickets can be purchased from any relay team captain or from Harrison REMC along Old Forest Road west of Corydon. Donn Blank is accepting group or business orders and can be reached at 1-812-989-0883.
The opening ceremony will begin at about 6 p.m. with speaker Patty Gregory, a 20-plus-year cancer survivor who is active on the Relay committee and is passionate about Relay, Bays said.
The survivors’ lap around the track and the caregivers’ lap will follow.
Team introductions will be made at about 7.
Other theme laps throughout the night and morning include: hand-in-hand, ’60s hippie, super hero, backward, hope candles, crazy hat, margaritaville, shade out cancer (wear shades and summer gear), disco, bubble time, boxers and briefs, zombie, noise maker and, the final lap, ‘Rocky Balboa lap,’ at 8 Saturday morning.
The live auction will be from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Panther Pavilion followed by the luminary ceremony at 9:30 (speaker will be Karen Allen), battle of the bands in the main area from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. and a pancake breakfast from 7 to 9 a.m. Saturday. Tickets for the all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast will be $6 at the door and $5 presale.
A special presale ticket for both the pancake breakfast and chicken dinner can be purchased for $10, a savings of $3, Bays said.
Other contests, games and activities planned for the night include a frozen T-shirt game, two cornhole tournaments, spoon egg race, outfit game, dodgeball sponsored by the YMCA of Harrison County, volleyball, card tournament, dance, ‘Fear Factor’ and ‘scarey-oki.’
The closing ceremony will take place at 9 a.m.
Relay For Life continues to be one of the largest fundraisers in Harrison County. Last year, $84,000 was raised and a little more than $100,000 was collected in 2008. In 2007, 42 teams raised $125,000.
For more information, contact Bays at 736-5515 or Doug Robson at 738-7736.

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