The Relay For Life of Culver may have a new location and several new events, but the purpose remains the same: supporting the American Cancer Society.
Relay is moving next to the Naval Building for 2018, with part of the new route following Lake Maxinkuckee. It will then angle toward the flag poles and cut across the grass back to the Naval Building, coordinator Dana Neer said.
The event is set for Friday, May 11, and will run from 7 p.m. to midnight. Culver Academies has hosted the event since its inception, drawing students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Students, faculty, and staff from Culver Community School Corp., and the Culver community in general also participate.
Neer is hoping more individuals will come out to enjoy the evening. Local food vendors will be available, so people can eat dinner and then possibly walk a few laps or visit with people who are walking. He added that it is not necessary for people to stay until the end.
Activities will include an obstacle course, volleyball, spike ball, corn hole, and various family games. There will be a concert by Justin McCormick from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. McCormick was a regional finalist for American Idol in 2017. Various local bands will play from 10 p.m. to midnight.
The Luminary Ceremony at 9:30 p.m. will feature a hot air balloon hovering over the course, he added.
There is still time to register. People and teams can do by going to the Relay For Life of Culver site. People can also donate or support a team or individual at the same site.
In 2017, Culver surpassed $80,000 before the funding period was over. Heading into its 11th year, Relay For Life of Culver has raised approximately $900,000 in the fight against cancer. Last August, the American Cancer Society recognized Culver as one of the top five small community fundraisers in the nation, presenting the group with a national Pace Setter award. The banner is hanging in the Siegfried Fitness Center.
The 2018 goals have been set at 50 percent participation by students at Culver Academies and Culver Community High School; and 30 percent for the faculty and staff from both schools. A total of 30 businesses will be serving as sponsors.
Along with running the walk, the students will be divided into teams based on dorms and barracks on campus and by class year at Culver Community. Each team will be sponsored by a business.
The Relay For Life of Culver was the first walk organized and run by students when it started in 2008.