JERSEY SHORE - It's that time of year again - the annual Relay For Life of Jersey Shore approaches and organizers are finalizing plans and announcing some residual events.
The 24-hour event will be hosted again this year by the Jersey Shore Area School District and will take place May 11 and 12 at the senior high school's Soccer-Track and Field Complex.
This year's theme is Disney "Wishing on a Cure." The event gets under way at 2 p.m. May 11 and ends at 2 p.m. May 12.
Jersey Shore Area High School’s relay team Let’s Celebrate is anxious for this year’s Relay For Life on May 11 and 12 at the high school.
With one month to go, the Relay For Life of Jersey Shore has raised $24,488 toward its $86,000 goal.
Co-chairwoman Carol Yost credits Relay's local sponsors for making the annual event a success.
"Without our sponsors' generous support this event would not be possible," Yost said. "This year, the Jersey Shore Hospital has donated $2,500, Susquehanna Health $2,500, Jersey Shore State Bank $1,000, and PA General Energy $500. In addition, gas well company Penn Virginia Resource, which partners with LP, donated $2,000."
The Jersey Shore Hospital also will sponsor a catered meal for the survivors and is the event's luminaria ceremony sponsor.
Sponsorship chairwoman Ann Green said, "I'm also very pleased with our sponsorship and we are always happy to include anyone wishing to participate in this Relay event."
"We are the first Relay in Lycoming County to achieve our sponsorship goal," Yost added.
Event goals include:
Sponsorship - $7,050 with $9,000 raised so far.
Online - $1,600 with $600 already raised.
Teams - 31 with 18 already signed up.
Survivors - 85 with 35 signed up.
The Disney theme for this year's event will offer more activities for children.
Disney movies will be playing throughout the night in the new hospitality tent provided by the Jersey Shore State Bank.
A Prince and Princess contest will be held Friday evening, along with Hunks in Trunks and Youth Zumba the following day.
Luke Brady is scheduled to perform and Donny Breon is planning to ride his bicycle around the track throughout the evening on behalf of pancreatic cancer.
Benefit yard sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. today and Saturday at St. John Lutheran Church along Broad Street.
Burger Burn. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at Sam's Club, Lycoming Mall.
Any survivors who wish to attend the survivor dinner may contact Ellen Bokeko at the ACS to be included in the dinner reservations at 326-4149, ext.3109.
Anyone interested in purchasing luminarias ahead of time may call the ACS or buy them on May 11 before the evening ceremony.
For more information, call Ann Green at 660-0650.