An event defined by survivors known for their comebacks, Garner’s Relay for Life fundraiser, cancelled in April by bad weather, will give it another shot Sunday, June 1.
The event will kick off at 1:30 p.m. at the Garner Magnet High School football stadium, and last until 9 p.m., according to long-time event co-chair Jill Cottengim. In the event of another battle with bad weather, the effort will shift into the school’s gyms.
“We are so glad that we were able to plan a re-do and hope that you will all come out and support the cause as well as spread the word about the event,” Cottengim said in an email to team leaders.
At 1:30, MoonRunners Saloon will provide appetizers and Chili’s will pitch in dessert before the walking for the cancer benefit begins at 2 p.m. The first hour will consist of survivor and caregiver laps around the track. The kids’ walk and balloon launch will start at 3 p.m.
Teams will be set up around the track with “various raffles and items to buy,” according to Cottengim. Three teams will also cook food, plus she said there would be homemade ice cream, slushies and other desserts. Participants who purchased the purple T-shierts for the event are encouraged to wear them.
The food aspect she described would be much scaled back from the April 25-26 event canceled at the last minute as thunderstorms rolled through the Triangle. Many teams had sunk hundreds of dollars into prepping food for that Friday-evening-through-Saturday-morning event, food they could only scramble to give away to a smattering of other participants and a few supporters as they packed up in on-and-off rain and threatening thunder and lightning.
Despite the disappointment of the cancellation, Garner has raised about $132,000 for Relay for Life thanks in large part to events held and donations received before the main event. Other towns also canceled their Relay for Life events. A Cary, Morrisville and Apex event challenged Garner, Cottengim said, with leaders saying they would raise more money. That group held its event May 17, and overall it has now raised a total of about $138,000.
“Let’s show them what Garner is made of!” Cottengim said in her letter to team leaders.