Many businesses and organizations in the Casper area are sponsoring teams or providing support in various ways for the American Cancer Society’s annual signature event, Relay For Life, which will take place this evening through Saturday at Dick Cheney Alumni Field at Natrona County High School Stadium.
The public is welcome to attend any portion of the event, including bidding at a silent auction this evening and the Luminaria Ceremony at approximately 9 tonight.
This will be the 18th consecutive year for the event in Casper. More than 200 cancer survivors and their caregivers will kick off the event with their Victory Lap at 6:30 p.m. After the walk, a special dinner for them will be served by Wyoming Medical Center volunteers, with entertainment provided by Sue Morrison, an acoustic guitar player.
Whether or not they have preregistered, all cancer survivors are welcome to take part in the Survivor Victory Lap. Those who are preregistered may begin checking in at 5 p.m., prior to the event’s official opening at 6 p.m.
The Luminaria Ceremony includes thousands of glowing luminary candles encircling the track. The luminarias can be purchased to remember those lost to cancer, those fighting cancer and as a prayer for those still struggling. After the ceremony, there will be a slide show with contributed photos of those who have been lost to or are struggling with cancer. You may purchase a luminaria at the event or call the ACS Office at 235-0044.
Bidding at the silent auction begins at 5 p.m. and will conclude 30 minutes after the luminaria ceremony. Among the items are a guitar autographed by Sheryl Crow, a digital camera, a weekend trip to Deadwood, jewelry, sports packages, theater tickets, gift cards to retail and restaurants and much, much more.
An original oil painting, signed by the late John F. Welsh, has been donated to Relay For Life and will be raffled at the event.
Welsh, who taught many years at NCHS and for whom the school’s auditorium is named, left a legacy of his paintings, which have been available for sale recently.
Tickets may be purchased at Relay or in advance from members of the ACS Board Team 1 by calling Betty Gervais at 235-1794. Tickets are $2 each or three for $5. All proceeds go to the American Cancer Society’s fight against cancer.