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Relay for Life Set for April 16-17 in Webb Center; Goal is $60,000

The highest-grossing annual charity college Relay for Life in Hampton Roads is only a few weeks away.

Relay for Life, which each year attracts more than 1,000 people from the Old Dominion University community to Webb Center, is set for April 16-17.

The overnight event will see 938 participants from 130 teams (so far) set up campsites throughout the student center, participating in a range of activities - all designed to raise money for the American Cancer Society through the organization Colleges Against Cancer.

This is the 10th straight year ODU has participated in Relay for Life, with the university's Center for Service and Civic Engagement coordinating the event. Last year, $54,000 was raised. This year's fundraising goal is $60,000.

The theme for the 2010 event is Relay Goes Green. "Since this is an event that leads up to our campus-wide Blue Goes Green Week event, we are instituting some green/sustainability initiatives and encouraging participants to do the same," said Tami Park Farinholt, coordinator for community service with the Center for Service and Civic Engagement in the Office of Student Activities and Leadership.

The relay runs around the world, modified for each individual site, to give participants in communities across the globe a chance to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost and fight back against the disease.

At the ODU event, participants will engage in a variety of activities and games. Teams are also charged with selling items they produce, with all proceeds going to the American Cancer Society.

A series of activities, starting with the opening ceremony at 7 p.m., will take place on the Relay for Life main stage in Webb Center. This will be followed by a kids' relay at 8 p.m., a luminary ceremony at 9 p.m., a Miss Relay Pageant at 1 a.m. and the closing ceremony at 6 a.m.

The main event, featuring performers Mike E. and the Afroflow Tour, will get under way at 10 p.m.

To participate in Relay for Life, contact the Center for Service and Civic Engagement at volunteer@odu.edu or 683-6948.

This article was posted on: March 30, 2010

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