The Buffalo Island Relay for Life cancer campaign will hold its crowning event with an all-night program on Friday, Sept. 20, at the Leachville City Park, according to chairperson Sheila Spurlock.
"It has been a very successful campaign. I attribute all the successes to the volunteers from Lake City, Caraway, Black Oak, Monette, Leachville and Manila. They have aided the effort to develop teams, organize events, solicit assistance from others outside the six-community zone and contributed from their own resources. All of these folks have been a joy to associate with and I hope the unity that has been achieved will continue to other activities," Spurlock said.
The all-night program opens at 5 p.m. with entertainment by several groups. At 6:45 p.m. Jennie Fleeman, survivor chairperson, will make welcoming remarks.
The symbolic "Survivor Walk" will begin at 7 p.m.
Entertainment by bands, musicians and vocalists will be interspersed throughout the program. Some of those performing will be Jordan Miller, Nuttin' Fancy Band, New Hope Gospel Singers, Trial and Error Band, Casey Hammond, and Serena Duffel.
In addition, to the entertainment, numerous door prizes will be distributed.
"It is important that people get out for this ceremony and we have seen to it that everyone will find something to do and a way to participate," Spurlock said.
According to Spurlock, there will be a wonderful program of children's events including games and activities from 5:45 p.m. throughout the over-night observance.
At 8:30 p.m., the Luminary Ceremony, in which a candle is lit in honor of each participating survivor and to loved ones claimed by the disease, will be held. At 12:45 a.m. a quilt drawing will be conducted and at 5:30 a.m. an awards program will be conducted.
At 6:50 a.m. all attendees, survivors, workers, children, and grandparents will take to the track for the final lap that concludes the campaign.