Expect crowns, noodles and pride to be on the line when the East Wake Relay for Life takes over Five County Stadium May 8-9.
There’s an innocent but merciless battle going on between the captains of the PACEr’s team, Bobbi Jane Duke and Shannon Speller, and Pirates of the CURE-ibbean team captains Allison Klepchick and Kathe Schaecher.
The pair of captains who collaboratively raise the most money from March 1 through the night of the Relay will enjoy watching their second-place counterparts dive into a pool of cooked pasta noodles in search of the crowns they will have to place on the heads of the winners.
“It’s not between the teams. It’s between the four captains. It … is … personal,” Schaecher said.
A little Relay background: The PACEr’s team is the three-time defending fundraising champ, raising $21,520 last year, while the Pirates crew was third in fundraising last year ($11,304) and runner-up in 2013.
Klepchick and Schaecher have made a habit of having contests amongst themselves throughout their involvement with the local Relay, but this year it was decided their manic approach would be extended in the form of a challenge to the longtime fundraising defenders.
The two Pirates leaders are hoping to use their popularity from other successful, unconventional fundraising events – like the adult prom and womanless pageant they have organized – to draw more people to the East Wake Relay for Life.
“We’re just looking for new ways to get different people out to Relay,” Klepchick said. “We continue daily to think of weird, strange things we can do. People like to see friendly competition, because they know we’re all friends.”
The captains have not kept tabs on their efforts in the competition and do not intend to divulge that information until the Friday of the Relay.
But they aren’t lacking in the smack-talk department, either.
“Who doesn’t want to see Kathe and Allison get in a pool fool of noodles?” Speller asks. “Me and Bobbi Jane don’t look good in noodles anyway.”
Schaecher has a healthy approach toward the campaign for herself and Klepchick.
“We are on a no-carb diet, and it would be in the best interest of everyone involved if the PACEr’s went into the noodles,” Schaecher said.
With a history of pulling events off without a hitch, Klepchick and Schaecher have no concerns about keeping followers of the friendly contest entertained.
“We’ve built a name now and (people) kind of have come to expect and want to see what’s next,” Schaecher said. “We don’t want to disappoint. But as long as we’re satisfied and having fun, it’s good.”