The 17th annual Monett Relay for Life will be held on Friday at Burl Fowler Stadium in Monett. The fundraiser for the American Cancer Society returns to its original location for 12 hours of activities and celebrating successes in the fight against cancer.
"This year's theme is 'Five O'Clock Somewhere,' signifying the new starting time for the event," said Helen Ruscha, event co-chairman with Tracy Schallert. "Relay teams and the public can gather at Burl Fowler Stadium for an overnight Relay to join the fight against cancer from 5 p.m. on May 11 until 5 a.m. on May 12."
The formal survivor lap will still be held at 7 p.m. The moving luminaria ceremony and recognition of those who have battled cancer will be held at dusk, which has been around 9 p.m. in the past.
Beginning at 5 p.m., teams will open their booths and camp sites for a final round of fundraising. Food, shirts, trinkets and Relay gear will be available. Anyone from the public is welcome to come and show support by making purchases even without belonging to a participating team, Ruscha said.
"There will also be a silent auction of baskets made by Relay teams filled with goodies from local business donations to homemade goods and services," Ruscha added.
Among the activities during the Relay will be games throughout the night, YMCA inflatables for children's activities and the ever-popular queen contest, where men put on dresses and vy for the title, at 10:30 p.m.
The second annual "Give-a-Hoot" 5K run or one-mile walk will begin at 11:59 p.m. The run/walk will start on Cleveland Avenue by Monett Intermediate School, just outside the stadium and will conclude on the field's track. Pre-registration is still available for $25 though late entries are not guaranteed a T-shirt for participating. To participate, contact Michelle Crim at 417-669-7734, Angie Ricker at 417-880-4432 or Beth Luebbering at 236-3969.
A "Crack of Dawn Par-tay" led by Zumba fitness instructor Jenni Schmidt will get underway at 4 a.m. on Saturday. Anyone is welcome to join the activity with a financial donation.
"You can make a difference in someone's life and we can help you accomplish that goal," said Schallert. "Have fun, meet new friends and help people get well, stay well and fight back,"
More information is available on the Relay for Life webpage at www.relayforlife.org/monettmo.