Photo by George Lauby
The downtown UC Advantage relay team, from left: Ashley Aloi, Gracie Alexander, Amanda Barnum, Myranda Park, Val Chitty, Katrina Clark and Kim Wood.
When cancer victims and survivors are honored this year at the Relay for Life, the tribute will be paid in the intimate, historical setting of downtown North Platte.The Relay for Life will begin at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 2. Dewey and East Fifth streets will be closed. Several of the stores will be open. Kids games and live music will held on the streets and luminary candles will line the curbs.
“We think it will be a more comfortable, intimate setting,” said Gracie Alexander of the organizing committee. “We approached the downtown merchants about the idea, and they said, ‘Oh yeah.’”
“This is the heart of the community, and we want that vibe with the relay,” Alexander said.
Twenty-four teams are registered and $36,000 is donated, Chairwoman Megan Duckworth said.
The annual paint-the-town-purple week of preparations began Saturday, July 26 -- the start of the biggest fundraising week for the relay. A kickoff dinner for survivors and caregivers was held Saturday at 6 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church.
The goal is to raise $64,000 for the American Cancer Society.
Alexander said there will be a kids’ movie, face painting and kids carnival games too.
Musicians who will perform include Tynelle Jarvis, Brad Godfrey, Jonathan Rosenberg and the Flatrock Irregulars.
The relay will end at 2 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 3.