People wishing to participate in the eighth annual Relay For Life of Culver have only a few days left to register or donate. Relay, which benefits the American Cancer Society, will be held from 6 p.m., Friday, April 10, through 6 a.m., Saturday, April 11. It will be conducted in the multipurpose building and is opened to everyone in the Culver community. The fundraising goal is $100,000.
Relay committee chairman Morgan Hartman ’15 (Olathe, Kan.) said 227 participants have formed 33 teams to date. Registration for teams and individuals is available online. People can also sponsor individuals and/or teams and make general donations.
Relay participants and donors may also remember loved ones lost to cancer and honor those battling the disease by dedicating luminaria. Luminaria, paper bags containing votive candles, are illuminated after dark. Each luminaria is personalized with a name, photo, message or drawing in memory or honor of a friend or loved one who has been affected by cancer. Luminaria can also be dedicated in support of a Relay participant. Each luminaria candle represents a person.
This year’s luminaria speaker will be Ian Bardwell ’15 (Plymouth, Ind.), who lost his mother to cancer.
The first Relay For Life organized by high school students, the Culver event has raised $764,479 since its inception in 2008. It annually draws over 500 participants, and a total of 800 to 900 people, during the overnight event. A number of local food vendors will come out for the event, with proceeds going to Relay For Life.
While Culver Academies serves as the host, Relay For Life is a community event that includes representatives from Culver Community High School, the Town of Culver, and surrounding counties. Alumni also come back to walk and raise funds to support classmates who are battling cancer.
Sponsors of the 2015 Relay For Life of Culver include Fellowes, Janet and Craig Duchossois ’62, Toots and Jim Henderson ’52, First Farmers Bank, Irving Materials, Inc., and Sorg Nissan. This year’s Relay will include the traditional themed laps. Selected individuals and groups will also be performing during the evening.