Manila hosts Relay Night at the Park
Manila hosted the first annual Relay Night at the Park on Tuesday, June 4. Eddie May, park coordinator, dedicated the night as playing for a cure.
Umpires Roy Brymer, Scott Townsend, Blake Carr and Mike Hembrey, along with youth workers, Matthew and Jeremiah May, Jenna Benson, Brady Woodall, Ashley DeLong, and Haley McCallie all volunteered to donate their night's pay to the Buffalo Island Relay for Life. Also, the gate money for the night was donated to the Relay for Life.
Buffalo Island Relay Chairman Brenda Matheny expressed her appreciation to the workers, Manila officials and the community for joining in the fight against cancer and for their support throughout the years.
May said they hope to make the Relay Night an annual event at the Manila park and next year will have additional activities.
The banner, "There is no finish line until we find a cure," American Cancer Society, was posted on the fence.
Jean Birmingham of Manila threw out the first pitch in memory of her sister and all others who have lost their battle to cancer and in honor of the survivors. Members of the 9-10 year old baseball team from Manila and their opponent, Brookland team, lined up along the first and third baselines as the first pitch was thrown to catcher Sawyer Crowell.
The evening raised $678.