Matthews-Mint Hill event raises money for American Cancer Society
by Alan Hodge
The fourth annual Matthews-Mint Hill Relay for Life is set to step off May 18 at 6 p.m. at Mint Hill Park on Fairview. And if you’ve ever thought about joining in, now’s the time.
The event benefits the American Cancer Society and raises money for cancer research, awareness and support services for local cancer patients.
In addition to the miles team members will walk around the park’s track, activities this year include face painting, live bands, games and plenty of food.
Opening ceremonies will be followed by a cancer survivor’s lap of honor, followed by a steak dinner. As the evening progresses, a luminary ceremony will be held in honor of those who have or had cancer. That’s followed by a solemn silent lap for those who lost their battle with cancer. The event wraps up at 6 a.m. May 19.
According to committee chair Erica Summerlin, last year’s Matthews-Mint Hill Relay for Life boasted 24 teams with team Leopards Pounce on Cancer raising the most at $3,279. Summerlin raised the most as an individual with $1,035.
“We had 300 participants and raised around $20,000,” Summerlin said of last year’s event. “This year the goal is 25 teams and $30,000. We are still looking for teams. Anyone can form or join a team.”
Teams generally consist of six to 12 members who set a goal of how much money they will raise.
Rhonda Hull, of Matthews’ Rack’Em Pub and Billiards, is not only going to take part in the relay as a member of the Misfits team, she also is one of the organizers of a special pool tournament to benefit the society. The tournament is set for April 28 and 29 at Rack’Em, 1898 Windsor Square Drive, and is in memory of long-time customer Debbie Netherton who died from lung cancer in 2009.
“This tournament is in memory of those who are no longer with us, those who are fighting cancer now and those who are celebrating life cancer-free now,” Hull said.
The tournament cost is $100 per five-man team and there will be a 50/50 payout. Doors open at 11 a.m. and the tournament starts at noon. Luminaria bags also will be on sale for $10 each and will be lit on the night of the Relay for Life event.
“We will be having great raffles all day and drink specials,” Hull said. “It makes everybody feel better to know they have given back to help others, even if it’s a little bit.”
Want to help?
For more information about the Matthews-Mint Hill Relay for Life, visit www.relayforlife.org, and search by zip code or call Erica Summerlin at 704-575-9887.
For more information on the Rack’Em benefit tournament, call 704-847-7665.
Cancer patients seeking help from the American Cancer Society can call the 24-hour, toll-free National Cancer Information Center hotline at 800-227-2345.