For 12 hours on Friday and Saturday, May 9-10, Culver Academies will again host the Relay For Life of Culver. But Mother Nature is forcing the cancer awareness fund-raiser indoors this year.
With thunderstorms and rain threatening the area, Relay co-chair Natalia Lopez-Yanez said the decision was made to move the event to the multi-purpose building. The event is officially scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. Friday and finish at 7 a.m. on Saturday morning.
Entering its seventh year of operation, Relay has raised nearly $750,000 for the American Cancer Society. The proceeds go toward cancer research. The student-run event has already attracted 39 teams and 388 participants. Registration for teams and individuals is available online. People can also sponsor individuals and/or teams online. The 2014 goal is $110,000.
Relay annually draws over 500 registered participants, and 800 to 900 people, during the overnight event. A number of local/area food vendors will be on hand, with proceeds going to Relay For Life. While the Academies does host Relay, it is a community event that includes representatives from Culver Community High School, the Town of Culver, and surrounding counties. Alumni have also come back to walk and raise funds to support classmates who are battling cancer. The Relay For Life of Culver was the first in Indiana to be student-organized in 2008.
Lopez-Yanez said this year’s Relay will include the traditional themed laps. Selected individuals and groups will also be performing during the evening. Highlights will include winners of the dorm (Tower) and unit (Band) fund-raising competition getting to throw pies at Dean of Girls Darlene Green and Commandant Mike Neller; and the revamped Mr. Relay competition, she added.