Hollywood Residents, Families and Businesses Walk to Fight Cancer
HOLLYWOOD - The American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life of Hollywood is holding its annual Relay For Life event on Friday, April 24, 2015 at McArthur High School, 6501 Hollywood Boulevard. The activities will begin with the Opening Ceremony at 6:00 p.m. when local teams will set up camp and stay up all night for the fight against cancer.
The teams are a combination of City of Hollywood employees, residents, cancer survivors, families, social groups, civic and student organizations and businesses that started raising money last year. To date, Hollywood teams have raised more than $10,000. Throughout the night, members of each team will take turns walking laps around the track while enjoying a variety of entertainment and additional fundraising opportunities.
“Many participants are our family, friends and neighbors who have faced cancer themselves. Their involvement gives us hope that, together, we can finish the fight against cancer,” says Kevin Biederman, City of Hollywood Vice Mayor and Volunteer Relay For Life Social Media Lead and Team Captain. “Our own Hollywood residents are directly impacted by the funds raised for research, transportation to and from treatment, survivor care and ongoing support that makes a difference in the quality of life of those battling this disease.”
The first lap of the relay after the opening ceremony recognizes cancer survivors for their strength and courage as they inspire the community. The Luminaria ceremony will be held at 9:00 pm. This special occasion is dedicated to the memory of those who have lost their battle with cancer. Hundreds of bags filled with sand and a lit candle are placed along the track and to glow brightly during the night.
You don’t have to be part of a team to participate. Everyone is invited to support the fundraising efforts by coming to the relay on Friday, April 24 and visiting the many booths teams have set up to raise money at the event.
Booths include a the "Pie in the Face" Booth which will be open for donations from 7:00 p.m.to 9:00 p.m. This light-hearted booth is organized by Team "The Cure," Team Captains - Vice Mayor Biederman and Matthew Gouthro. Participants can buy a ticket and take a chance to throw a pie at City of Hollywood Commissioners Richard Blattner, Peter Hernandez, Traci Callari or Vice Mayor Kevin Biederman. Also taking a pie in the face are Broward County Commissioner Beam Furr, Hollywood Chamber of Commerce President Andrew Zullo and McArthur High School Principal Todd LaPace.
City of Hollywood Team “City of Hope,” headed up by Team Captain Dawn Gruber, will be selling baked goods from 6:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.
The closing ceremony will be held at 5:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 25 and activities will end at 6:00 a.m.
For more information on Relay For Life or how to get involved, please visit: www.relayforlife.org/hollywoodfl. To learn more about the American Cancer Society visit cancer.org.