It’s Relay for Life season in Northeast Tennessee, and fundraising is under way for five Tri-Cities-area festivals to help the American Cancer Society in its work to end cancer.
Scheduled for back to back weekends starting June 14 and continuing through June 29 in Greeneville, Kingsport, Elizabethton, Bristol and Johnson City, the relays bring entire communities together to raise funds for cancer research and awareness for cancer prevention education, to celebrate cancer survivors, to remember cancer’s victims and to have a lot of fun.
ACS Relay teams, which in fact do more pre-festival fundraising than Relay walking, have been hard at work for months. And in Greene County, where ACS supporters have distinguished their community as the third-most-productive Relay for Life host in all of Tennessee, the effort will kick into high gear this weekend with the “First Annual Relay for Life Musicfest,” a two-day “fighting cancer through the art of music” benefit headlined by platinum-selling country music artist Pam Tillis.
Gates will open at 2 p.m. Friday at the Greene County Fairgrounds. The music will start at 4 and continue through 11 p.m. with a lineup of local bands including Hillybilly Outlaws, Bootleg Turn, Sandy Ray & the Cold Shoulders, J.B. & the Wild Honey Band and the Benny Wilson Band. Tickets for Friday’s concert are $7. Saturday night’s music will get under way at 7 with an opening performance by Sandy Ray & Steve Winslow. Tillis will take the stage at 9 and will stay for an autograph session after the show. Tickets for Saturday night’s show are $20 for general admission or $30 for reserved seating. Food and merchandise will be available for purchase and door prizes will be awarded both nights.
The overnight Greeneville/Greene County Relay for Life will get under way at 5 p.m. June 14 at Greeneville Middle School. Kingsport’s all-night Relay will be held the same evening, starting at 6 downtown at Broad Street and Main.
The overnight Bristol-Sullivan County and Carter County Relays will be held the following weekend, starting at 7 p.m. June 21 at Elizabethton High School, and 6 p.m. June 21 at Avoca Christian Church, 2417 Volunteer Parkway.
The first daytime Washington County Relay for Life will be held June 29 at Indian Trail Middle School on North Roan Street, starting at noon and continuing through 2 a.m.
Elise Allen, senior community representative for the ACS Mid-South Division, said while people often think of Relay for Life as a benefit walk, the events are actually community celebrations with live music, food, games and variety of family oriented entertainment that offer everyone an opportunity to join in a common human cause, the fight to end cancer.
For more information about this weekend’s Relay for Life Musicfest, call 470-3555, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.facebook.com/RelayForLifeMusicFest.
The 3rd annual Memorial Day Big Little 5K for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Tennessee will be run Monday morning on the Ridgefields Country Club golf course in Kingsport.
Electronically timed and managed by We Run Events, the race will include prizes for the top three male and female runners in seven age categories and a trophy for the top overall finisher. Online registration will remain open through Saturday at http://bit.ly/ZeHVkw. Race packets may be picked up Sunday from 3-5 p.m. at the golf course, located at 2320 Pendragon Road in Kingsport’s Netherland Inn neighborhood, or Monday morning prior to the race. Race day registration will open at 6:30 a.m. and the 5K will begin at 8:30.
The entry fee is $25 online through Saturday and includes a guaranteed event T-shirt, or $30 Sunday and Monday at the golf course with free T-shirt while supplies last.
All proceeds will go to Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee to help provide local children in need with enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships with a caring adult committed to changing their lives for the better.
For more information about Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee, visit www.facebook.com/TriCitiesBBBS.
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