As you may know, the Brownsburg Relay For Life event is currently the 7th largest Relay for Life event in the state, raising just over $120,000 in 2016. The organization and local volunteers are once again set to exceed last year’s numbers. The fundraising event for the American Cancer Society, held at the Brownsburg Town Hall Green, will begin on Saturday, May 20th at 9:30 a.m. and end at Midnight, but businesses, schools and individuals have been fundraising since last August for the event. Currently, 26 teams and 255 participants have raised $31,807.64.
Getting the Entire Community Involved:
Every Brownsburg public school has a team, and students and faculty have been busy organizing individual fundraising events, such as dine-to-donates, time with teachers, staff vs. student sporting events and more. In addition, many local businesses have sponsored individual teams through monetary donations and in-kind products and services.
This Year’s Theme:
Every year, the leadership team picks a theme for the event, to coordinate activities and fun during the day of the Relay. This year’s theme is “Destination Cure: Creating a World Without Cancer” (see logo attached). Every team has picked a travel destination, such as Paris, Mexico Italy and event The North Pole. Teams will sell food, goods and have family-friendly activities at their own special campsites on the Brownsburg Town Hall Green.
At the Event:
During the event, team members take turns walking around the track in honor or in memory of those fighting cancer. There are also entertainment acts and fun activities throughout the day, including a dunk tank, bounce house, karaoke and local musical acts. Special activities for survivors and caregivers include a pampering station, catered dinner and a special survivor lap. In the evening, the participants light hundreds of paper luminarias personalized with the names of those fighting or whom have lost their battle with cancer.
Too Close to Home for these Teams:
The event means much more to the staff and students at West Middle School. They have lost three students to cancer: Sydney, Triston and Ben, and currently have seven current or former students battling cancer today: Lauren, Dustin, Dane, Aiden, Roman and Forrest. The school hopes to raise $6500 in this year’s Relay For Life. Some of this year’s fundraisers have included a staff vs. student basketball game, dine to donates, school game fundraisers and Kroger’s Community Rewards program. Their Relay campsite theme is “Paradise,” and they will have lots of tropical-themed games and fun, along with cheeseburgers, snow cones and Jimmy Buffet tunes.
East Middle School has a lofty goal of raising $10,000 this year, along with recruiting 80 team members. They will have a variety of food on-site at the event and have a “Candyland” themed booth. Many of the students, staff and team members and their families have personally been affected by cancer, but prefer not to be known publicly.
A Colorful fundraiser:
Reagan Elementary will be holding their first annual Color Run 5k run/walk event on the morning of Saturday, April 22nd at 8 a.m. The event is open to the public and registration is available online at: https://brownsburgmscr.eve
ntbrite.com. Throughout the course participants will experience color splash zones where they’ll be doused in color and end with a final color toss celebration. Register by April 7th to receive a t-shirt.
Some of the monetary and in-kind sponsors for the event include:
- GTR Guys that Rock
- Davey and the Rhythm Kings
- Elvis! impersonator Sam Ingram
- ACT Services
- Midas Plainfield
- Scotty’s Brewhouse
- Sweet Melissa Foundation
- SCG Technologies
- State Farm Insurance
- Domino’s Pizza- Brownsburg
While there are many other events planned with individual teams, some of the upcoming public fundraising events for the teams include:
- East Middle School Dine to Donate: Domino’s Brownsburg: April 21st
- Reagan Elementary Color Run: Saturday, April 22nd: See flyer and link to register:
- East Middle School Dine to Donate: Panoony’s Pizza: May 1st-3rd
What the Public Should Know:
Since the Brownsburg Relay for Life is a no-cost, fun, family event, we would love to see more members of the community in Hendricks County to show up at the event. Volunteer team members work hard to decorate, staff and develop their campsite food and activities. Plan to bring cash to spend at the various food and game campsites, which are offered on a donation basis. Come for a few hours, or stay all day. The event calendar will be posted closer to the May 20th event on the Facebook page.
How to Help:
The Relay for Life of Brownsburg is open to any individual or business looking to make a difference in the fight against cancer. We are always looking for sponsors and additional hands on the day of the event. To join a team, sponsor or volunteer, visit relayforlife.org/brownsb
urgin. You can also visit the event’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Re layForLifeBrownsburgIndiana or Twitter at https://twitter.com/relay4l ifebburg.
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