Relay for Life Encouraging early sign-ups, the events organizers hope to increase participation
Relay for Life an event which honors cancer victims and survivors, raising money for the American Cancer Society is still more than six months away, but 23 teams and individuals are already signed up for the event and actively fundraising.
We encourage people to sign up for the next year at the relay event, said Marty Brown, event co-chairperson. Most of the people signed up did that.
Brown said there are a few reasons she, and co-chairperson Kathy Brown, encourage people to sign up early.
Committee meetings start in October, she said. We want to get people to sign up before the kick off in February.
This is so teams can be involved in the kick-off and are involved by the time team captain meetings start shortly thereafter.
Thats why we try to get people signed up early, to get started on fundraising and, if the team captain doesnt have a full team, it gives them time to put a team together, she said. Its happened that teams dont sign up until two weeks before the race, but then they dont understand whats going on.
This year, Brown said organizers hope more than 60 teams will sign up. The relay had that many two years ago, but last year only saw around 50.
But the website just got up a week or two ago, so well see what happens, she said.
With early sign-ups, she said they hope to reach the events fundraising goal of $100,000.
Two years ago we were at over $90,000, she said. I think we can get there.
Relay for Life has been hosted in Newberg for more than 10 years, after the event was separated from a combined event with McMinnville. But this year, it will see a scheduling change.
This is the first year were doing Saturday and Sunday. In the past it was Friday night around 6 p.m. to Saturday at noon, Brown said. Its a change were looking forward to.
She said most of the Relays do it this way.
This way we get all day Saturday to run activities and events, she said. Were trying to get the community involved.
With the event spanning Saturday into Sunday morning, organizers hope people will remain engaged in the events throughout the day.
(In the past we) only had a few hours before people started leaving, Brown said.
She also hopes this way people will take part in the silent auction, something that hasnt seen much participation in the past.