Jan 112013

Everyone should get involved

The theme for the 2013 BOW Relay for Life is “We’ll Stop Walking When Pigs Fly.”

Chairman Lynn Plaskowitz already has the winged pink pig on tour to raise awareness of the upcoming event, you will see it at the snack table at Amity home sports games.

On Wednesday, Jan 9, Plaskowitz, Debby Davis and George Geane invited all interested parties to attend an introductory meeting at the High Plains Community Center — 6 adults and three Amity teens answered the call.

Many years ago, the Relay (across the country) attracted mostly adults, and it was hard to get younger people involved, but dynamic folks like George Geane, Debby Davis and Jim Clifford made it intriguing for the Amity High School Students, who have been enthusiastic and passionate about it for several years to the point that many adults now think that it is a kids 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.”

Geane clarified that if team members did not want to sleep at the Orange Fairgrounds overnight, they were free to go after they had completed some laps as part of their commitment to their team.

Team members must raise a minimum of $100 to receive a commemorative participant T-shirt.

Alice, a representative from the American Cancer Society stressed that no pets are allowed, so when the suggestion of walking laps with a live pig arose, she said “No.”

The chairmen want the 2013 Relay to be the most successful event ever, and are hoping it will be fun and exciting for people of all ages, children through seniors.

What’s New?

The BOW Relay for Life will introduce a new Youth Committee this year, encouraging the high school students to become involved and assist in the Relay Field Day at Bethany Middle School and to plan fun activities for teens during the event, and to man the Kids Care Tent for 30 minute shifts throughout the day with face painting, sand art or whatever other activities they muster up.

• Team Captains can log into the ACS BOW Relay website using last year’s log-in information.

• 100% online registration is sought.

• More adult involvement: More adult teams and businesses to form teams.

• Getting the Orange and Woodbridge Police Departments to form teams.
• Getting the tri-town volunteer fire departments involved by forming teams (a little friendly competition to see which can raise the most money)

• Money can be brought in at every monthly meeting instead of the team captain having to hold onto it until “Bank Night”

Mark Your Calendar

Tuesday, Jan. 29 at 7 p.m. — Interested people are welcomed to attend a meeting to talk about the kick off (kids will get out early) Location to be announced.

KICK OFF — Sunday, Feb. 10, 4-6 p.m. — The Chairmen will be looking for Committee Members who will be dedicated to the Relay. Many different positions are available.

Pat Ziman, the Luminaria Chairman is looking for a good wingman (or woman) or two who will communicate with her and help make that very important part of the event run smoothly this year.

This is called the BOW [Bethany-Orange-Woodbridge] Relay for Life so the goal is to get residents from all three towns involved.

Talk to your friends, form a team and come up with a cool team name to announce at this meeting.

Relay Schedule

On Saturday, June 1, you can arrive around noon to set up tents on the fairgrounds.

Children’s events — face painting, etc will take place from 3 to 6 p.m.

Opening ceremony will begin at 5 p.m. with the survivors lap at 5:30 p.m.

Survivor’s dinner at 6 p.m.

Luminary Ceremony at 9 p.m.

Fight Back … ?

Sunday, June 2, wake up at 6 a.m. clean up fairgrounds closing ceremony at 7 a.m.


There is no specific goal yet set for this year.

In 2012, very few relays across the country reached their goal. Here’s hoping that 2013 is better for everyone.

I have this address, but it doesn’t seem to go anywhere yet … BOWRelayforlife.com (I will clarify as soon as possible)