Relay for Life organizers seek help for last stretch of fundraising effort

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By Crystal Nelson

BRIGHTON — While Brighton’s 16th annual Relay for Life is slated to kick off June 20 in Carmichael Park, the committee still needs some additional support from the community to meet its goals.


Brighton Relay Chairwoman Michele Lussier said their goal is to have 50 teams participate in the relay and raise $100,000 for the American Cancer society, but that the number of teams participating and the relay’s fundraising efforts have decreased since last year. Lussier said that it’s not just Brighton’s relay that’s down but that the American Cancer Society is seeing a decline of about 30 percent in funding, which she said is “substantial.

“We’re doing everything we can to raise as much money as possible,” she said. “Currently we’re just over $30,000, which is a huge drop from last year.” 

Last year, the Brighton Relay for Life was able to raise a little over $76,000 for the American Cancer Society. Lussier said they will be accepting money and donations for the through their event, which begins on June 20.

Lussier said  the biggest change to this year’s event is that the Relay for Life will be held at Carmichael Park, located at 650 Southern Street. 

“The biggest reason we made the move to Carmichael Park was to get more of a community feeling to be closer to the other participants and teams,” she said. 

The event will kick off at 6 p.m. and will be followed by survivor recognition at 6:30 p.m. and dinner at 6:45 p.m. The event’s luminaria ceremony will be held at 9 p.m. 

According to Lussier, the relay will have a Dr. Seuss theme and snacks and entertainment will provided throughout the night. Teams will also be able to participate in themed laps around the track where they can wear an ugly sweater, crazy socks or walk with glow sticks. There will also be a face painting and a fairy to entertain children and a silent auction will begin at 10 p.m.

This year’s relay will also be bittersweet for the committee, as their fellow committee member Joyce Aldorf passed away from her second bout with cancer. Lussier said she will be talk about Aldorf during he opening ceremony and that they will be naming their grand club after her. Lussier explained that anyone who raises $1,000 or more makes it into their “grand club” and that this year and henceforth they will be calling it the Joyce Aldorf Grand Club in her memory. 

Anyone wanting to participate in the relay but hasn’t registered yet, they can do so at the Brighton Relay’s website www.brightonarearelay.com or register at the event. Lussier said they ask that those who register at the event make the suggested $100 dollar donation to register and receive their T-shirt.