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The BOW Relay For Life is Coming Up In Two Weeks

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May 022019
 

The evening Luminary Ceremony (c. 2010)

Relay For Life is a grassroots, community-based team event.

Although every Relay For Life event is different, they do have a few things in common.

Each year, the Bethany, Orange, Woodbridge Relay for Life takes place in our community to recognize those affected by cancer and to raise money to help find a cure.

Here is a basic rundown of the event, which takes place on the Orange Fairgrounds, 525 Orange Center Road, from noon on May 18 to 8 a.m. on May 19.

The public is welcome and encouraged to attend and take part in this important annual event.

Event Schedule

Opening Ceremony Begins at 6 p.m.

Time to get started. We kick off the event by honoring everyone who’s been affected by cancer and everyone who has contributed to the success of this year’s Relay season.  Survivors and Caregivers are encouraged to pre-register online.  Check-in at the Relay begins at 5 p.m.

Opening Ceremony, survivors and caregivers walk (c.2010).

Survivor/Caregiver Walk

Survivors and Caregivers are the heart and soul of Relay For Life events. We honor their strength and courage with every step they take. It doesn’t matter if you were diagnosed 10 days ago or 10 years ago, you can walk while everyone gathers together to cheer you on.

Luminaria Ceremony

During this ceremony, we represent everyone touched by cancer with a Luminaria. Each light represents a life—a life taken by cancer, a survivor of cancer, or support for a person still fighting the disease. It’s a powerful demonstration that gives people the opportunity to grieve but also offers comfort and hope.

Closing Ceremony

Our closing ceremony is the time to commit to take action and help lead the fight for a world free from cancer. It’s a time to celebrate what we’ve accomplished together and a time to unify for the work that needs to be done moving forward.

Chip’s Charitable Thanksgiving Day Breakfast To Benefit Relay For Life

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Nov 152017
 

Start your Thanksgiving Day off with family, friends and the wonderful staff at Chip’s Family Restaurant, 321 Boston Post Road, Orange, as they help to support those in the community who are battling cancer and remembering those we love.

The Annual Thanksgiving Day Breakfast takes place on Thursday, November 23 from 6 to 11 a.m. and 100% of the proceeds goes to the BOW Relay for Life.

Cost is $12 per person, cash only, and it includes 2 pancakes and 2 eggs, bacon or sausage, coffee or tea.

Relay Committee Chairman Debbie Davis is determined to get more adults involved in this year’s Relay For Life Fundraising event and this is a great place to start.

Mark your calendars, set your alarm clock and head down to Chip’s before you go to the Amity Football game (it’s at HOME this year) or walk it off at the Rotary’s Turkey Trot.

Photos: BOW Relay For Life Survivor’s Walk

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May 202017
 

To start off the Relay For Life in Orange tonight, the survivors and their caregivers were introduced and took the first lap around the track at the Orange Fairgrounds.

They were followed by the organized teams and then everyone else who was participating in the cancer fundraiser.

There is still time to get down there and buy a luminaria bag in honor or in memory of a loved one touched by cancer.

The Luminaria Ceremony begins at 9 p.m.

Help Paint The Town Purple on May 13 (Deadline is Saturday)

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Apr 272017
 

The BOW Relay For Life Committee wants to Paint The Town Purple on Saturday, May 13.

Residents may purchase a purple mylar balloon to raise cancer awareness with proceeds going to the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life, which takes place at the Orange Fairgrounds, Saturday, May 20 – Sunday, May 21.

Each Balloon costs $5, paid in advance and on May 13th, the balloon(s) will be delivered to your home and tied to your mailbox.

This is a simple way to help raise money for cancer research.

Deadline in which to order balloons is Saturday, April 29, 2017. See the Order Form Below.

If you would like to help Paint The Town Purple, call Relay Chairman Lynn Plaskowitz at 203-627-1673.

Order forms also are available at Park and Recreation Department, located in the High Plains Community Center.

 

BOW Relay For Life Kick-Off Meeting Tonight!

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Feb 062017
 

BOW Relay For Life Chairman Lynn Plaskowitz invites anyone interested in joining the Relay for Life Committee or forming a team in honor or in memory of someone to come to the Kick-Off Meeting tonight in the High Plains Community Center Cafeteria, 525 Orange Center Road at 6:30 p.m.

For many years, adults seemed to shy away from leading teams because they felt it was a teen event.

What everyone must remember is that the focus of the relay is not the people attending, rather, it is an opportunity to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost to the disease and to fight back against cancer.

From the American Cancer Society Website: “At Relay, teams of people camp out at a local high school, park, or fairground and take turns walking or running around a track or path. Each team is asked to have a representative on the track at all times during the event. Because cancer never sleeps, Relays are overnight events up to 24 hours in length.

One of the most touching moments each year is the Luminaria Ceremony that occurs after dark. If you have never attended or participated in the Relay for Life, you should attend tonight’s informational meeting and get involved.

Thank You For Supporting Relay For Life — Thank You Chip’s For Hosting

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Nov 242016
 

imagejpeg_0-copyMany families came out to support the BOW Relay For Life today at Chip’s Family Restaurant’s annual Thanksgiving Charity Breakfast.

Each $12 donation was given to the local Cancer Fundraiser and families and friends enjoyed pancakes, eggs, bacon or sausage, coffee or tea and of course one another’s company.

(Thank you George Geane for the photos)

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Opening Ceremony is at 6 p.m. and the always memorable Luminary ceremony is at 9 p.m.

Get Ready To Paint The Town Purple

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May 102016
 

purple cancer-balloonsThe BOW Relay For Life (For those who are new to town, BOW stands for Bethany, Orange and Woodbridge) will take place on the Orange Fairgrounds Saturday, May 21 and end on Sunday morning, May 22.

As they did last year, the Relay Committee is hosting its first fundraiser, “Paint the Town Purple” on May 15.

For just $5, you can help fight cancer, by purchasing a purple balloon for the event.

Make checks payable to Relay For Life and mail to Lynn Plaskowitz, 301 Orang eCenter Road, Orange.

For additional information, call Lynn at 203-627-1673 or e-mail lplaskowit@aol.com

It is very easy to participate, but, time is limited to get your orders in, as the deadline is Tuesday, May 10.

Balloons will be delivered on Sunday, May 15th and remain on display throughout the week.

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PHOTOS: BOW Relay for Life

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Jun 032015
 

The 2015 BOW Relay For Life took place at the Orange Fairgrounds Saturday May 30 – Sunday, May 31.

Here are some photos of the event:

Go To the Orange Live Facebook Page for More Photos

 

Love Your Feet? Choose Footwear Wisely for Relay For Life

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May 302015
 

Sandals, not the smart choice.

Sandals, not the smart choice.

Are you planning to participate in the 2015 Relay for Life? The first aid providers ask that you choose wisely when picking out your footwear the day.

Last year, the first aid station was busy with dirty, cut and bloodied feet, many with ripped toe nails. After the first 4 or 5 they figured out that each of the patients was either walking barefoot or wearing flip flops.

The thing about the walking track around the Orange Fairgrounds is that it is not paved, rather the surface is cut stone, not rounded tumbled stones, but sharp little rocks that act like shards of glass on bare feet.

Open sandals may be good for showing off a pedicure, but they are not good for walking several miles on a crushed stone surface.

The Relay Organizers’ main goal is to raise money to help fight cancer, but they also want all of the participants to have a safe and memorable time.