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CCHS plans numerous Relay for Life fundraisers

A hamburger cookout and a bake sale are just two of several events Chilton County High School has planned to benefit Relay for Life.

Both are first-time events that will be open to the community. With the funds raised, school volunteers hope to meet or exceed last year’s total of more than $8,000.

“Relay is very important to me,” said Jaime Bee, the school’s Relay for Life team captain and a teacher at the school. “I think everybody probably knows someone who was affected by cancer. Times are very, very hard with the economy but it’s such a worthy cause.”

A hamburger and hotdog cookout will be held Thursday, April 8 at Tiger Stadium starting at 5 p.m. Tickets include a hamburger or hotdog, chips and a drink. Tickets are $5 and may be ordered from the school in advance.

The names of people in attendance will be entered into a drawing for an opportunity to kick a field goal for one of three cash prizes. The prizes are $100, $75 and $50.

Willie Harris will deejay the event. A rain date has been set for Monday, April 19 at the same location.

Also on April 8, a faculty versus senior class softball game will be played at Tiger Stadium starting at 1:30 p.m. Admission is $3, and all proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society.

On April 10, CCHS will hold its annual steak sale at Lil’ Suzy Q’s. Tickets are available for $13 each.

Last but not least, a bake sale at Corner Park on Saturday, April 17 will include both whole cakes and individual servings for purchase. The sale will be held from 8 a.m. until noon.

“We’re trying to raise money for a good cause but at the same time build and strengthen school and community relations,” School Principal Greg DeJarnett said. “I want to invite everyone to come out and have a good time.”

The school has hosted other Relay events this year, such as Hot Chocolate Day in February and a raffle for handmade Alabama and Auburn blankets.

Bee thanked participants and volunteers for donating many of the materials and food items for use at each fundraiser.

“We are very fortunate that most of what we get is donated,” she said. “I have to put very little money into Relay to make a profit.”