Full day of fun planned for Relay For Life

Published 10:02 am Friday, April 24, 2015

Chilton County’s Relay For Life event will continue its evolution in 2015.

One year after the format was changed, this year’s Relay, scheduled for April 25, will be held in a different location: the Clanton Conference and Performing Arts Center.

The event was originally supposed to be held at Goose Pond Park in Clanton but was moved indoors because of the threat of rain.

Chilton County Relay For Life Chairwoman Courtney Brock said the event was being moved to take advantage of the shade and parking offered at Goose Pond Park.

“We just want to get as many survivors out to be recognized as we can,” Brock said.

The 2015 event, like last year, will be held from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on a Saturday. Prior to last year, the event began at 6 p.m. on Friday and ended at 6 a.m. the next morning.

Brock said the new format worked well last year, as there was a steady crowd throughout the day. In the past, there might be a lot of people present for the beginning, but the crowd would dwindle throughout the event.

There will be some additional changes to the schedule. The Survivor Lap will take place at 6 p.m. instead of at the start of the event.

Performances will be held mostly from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., including “Relay Idol,” which will feature Chilton County High School “Blast from the Past” crew members having a “singoff.” Donations will be collected, and whoever collects the most money will be the winner.

The Luminaria Ceremony, release of sky lanterns and Fight Back Ceremony will all follow the Survivor Lap.

Survivors are encouraged to stay at the event as long as possible, as different events are planned for them throughout the day.

“We encourage them to come out and spend the day if possible,” Brock said.

Survivors should also bring their caregivers, if possible, because organizers would like to recognize them also.

“Caregivers kind of get left out,” Brock said. “They’re in the fight with that survivor.”

The theme of this year’s Relay effort is “Lights, Camera, Cure.” Teams were asked to pick a movie to be their individual theme and design their T-shirts, decorate their camp sites and even dress as characters from the movie they choose.

The fundraising goal for Chilton County’s 2015 Relay For Life is $135,000.

Schedule of events

Saturday, April 25

Emcee: Chilton County Commissioner Shannon Welch


10:00 a.m.-Opening Ceremony, Prayer

10:15 a.m.-Pledge of Allegiance/Presentation of Colors, National Anthem, God Bless the USA

10:30 a.m.-Introductions of Relay Team/Team Lap

10:45 a.m.-Introduction of Queens

11:00 a.m.-Announcements

11:15 a.m.-Senior Connection

11:30 a.m.-Zumba


12:00 p.m.-701 Twirlers

12:15 p.m.-Grayson Russell and Hope Short

12:30 p.m.-Hayden and Jeremiah

1:15 p.m.-Announcements

1:30 p.m.-Just Dance

2:15 p.m.-Chilton Dance & Twirl

3:00 p.m.-Announcements

3:15 p.m.-Relay Idol

4:15 p.m.-Announcements

4:30 p.m.-County Road 45


5:15 p.m.-Just Twirl It

5:45 p.m.-Chilton County High School cheerleaders

6:00 p.m.-Survivor Ceremony

6:15 p.m.-Introductions of survivors

6:45 p.m.-Survivor Lap

7:00 p.m.-Caregiver Lap

7:45 p.m.-Awards/Sponsor Lap

8:00 p.m.-Remembrance Ceremony

8:15 p.m.-Luminaria Lap

8:30 p.m.-Release of sky lanterns

9:00 p.m.-Announcements

9:15 p.m.-Fight Back Ceremony

9:45 p.m.-Closing Lap

10:00 p.m.-Closing prayer

List of sponsors

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama

Internal Medicine South–Dr. Jani Hirenkumar

Parnell Inc.

Alabama Power

Auto Collision Repair

Baptist Health

Chilton Family Medicine–Dr. Jeffrey Price M.D. and Dr. David Wilson M.D.

Connell’s Pest Control

Dr. Larry Mikul M.D. and Shelby Knight, CRNP

Ellison Memorial Funeral Home

Fred Headley Foodmart

Hayes Drug & Gifts Inc.

Highland Baptist Church

In Memory of Belinda Wallace and Mary Ann Messer

Clanton Lion’s Club

Martin Funeral Home

Morlyn’s Fine Jewelry, Gifts and Antiques

Outdoor Rental House and Sales

Peoples Southern Bank

Petty Line Construction

Piggly Wiggly

San Marcos Mexican Restaurant

SouthCrest Bank

Orell’s Beauty Shop


Stokes Automotive

Todd’s Pool and Construction

Wadsworth Oil

Chilton Urgent Care

Senior Connection

I-Heart Media

Alabama’s 13

Laughs and Giggles Inflatables

City of Clanton