Relay For Life events kicking into high gear

By FAITH HUFFMAN | News-Telegram News Editor

As the annual walk to raise funds for cancer research and other programs offered through the American Cancer Society nears, Hopkins County Relay For Life Committee and teams have kicked planning and fundraising efforts for the May 4-5 event into high gear.

On Thursday, a HCRFL Team Captains Luncheon will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Lake Pointe Church on Gilmer Street. All team captains are encouraged to attend for updates pertaining to the relay. Cancer survivors are also welcome. All participant and survivor registration forms and money are to be turned in at the meetin,. Marcie Kerby, who last year battled metastatic breast cancer which had spread to her lymph nodes, will be the guest speaker.

Due to projections of rain this weekend, the HCRFL Committee has rescheduled its Purple Pail Campaign. The purple pail fundraising drive will now be held on Good Friday, April 6, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Committee members will be stationed just off the downtown square on Oak Avenue, College Street, Church Street and Jefferson Street to collect any spare change motorists or pedestrians may have to toss into their purple pails to raise money for this year’s relay. Contact Tony Aguilar, co-chair of the HCRFL Committee, at 903-582-2208 for more information.

Alliance Bank is still registering teams for its softball tournament this weekend. Teams can sign up by contacting Jeanette Argenbright at Alliance Bank at 903-885-2187. The cost to participate is $100 a team, and members can be 13 to 113 in age. All proceeds from the tourney to be held all day Saturday, March 24, at Coleman Park will benefit the relay and the American Cancer Society.

Texas Extension Education Association will also be sponsoring a bean and cornbread fundraiser Saturday, March 31, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Dike Community Center. Cost will be by donation, with all funds benefiting the Relay For Life. For more information call Joyce Bateman, 903-945-3308.

The Alliance Bank Relay For Life Team also plans to hold a hamburger cookout on Friday, April 27. They will be asking for a donation of at least $5 for a hamburger, chips, a drink and dessert at lunch.

On Saturday, April 14, the Aguilar family will be hosting the Aguilar Familar Tamale Dinner from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at St. James Catholic Church. Family members will be offering homemade tamales, rice and beans to benefit Hopkins County Relay For Life and the American Cancer Society for donations.

City National Bank on Friday, April 20, will be holding a hamburger cookout just off the downtown square in the parking lot behind the bank. They will be offering hamburgers, chips, a drink and dessert for donations from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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