You can help Hammond raise money for the American Cancer Society by donating money to teams participating in the 14th Annual South Tangipahoa Relay for Life in Hammond on Saturday, November 7th at North Oak Park (2311 N Oak St). Even though their goal of $185,000 seems lofty, they have already received more donations in their offices than they did the same time last year. So, their hopes are high. The thing that stands out the most with this year's teams is the ingenuity and creativity they have used to raise money. Instead of the standard car washes (which are always nice), a hair salon held a "cut-a-thon" and there was a Fall Frenzy fashion show and silent auction held to raise money by Beauty of Hope.
And the raffle prizes this year are some of the best South Tangipahoa's chapter of the American Cancer Society has ever seen. Just some of the prizes up for raffle are a Disney vacation, Beau Rivage getaway (with dinner), a football autographed by the New Orleans Saints (not just one member, but the WHOLE TEAM), a fun Dollywood vacation and even a great basket loaded with all kinds of techy gadgets, like an iPod and more.
Everyone is excited about the 80's theme, as well. Don't be surprised if you see acid wash jeans and lots of big hair. Survivors should register at the survivors' tent at 9:30 on the morning of the event. Opening ceremonies begin at 10am. The relay will start with a special "survivors' lap" to honor and celebrate all those who have survived cancer. After the relay, there will be entertainment provided by local dance teams, school groups and the local band Space Trumpet. Tons of food will be available from vendors in the area. Food for the day starts off with coffee, beignets and a pancake breakfast for teams that show up early and will eventually progress to hot dogs, jambalaya and BBQ later in the day.
A luminary ceremony will conclude the festivities at 5:30pm. All proceeds from the Relay for Life benefit the local chapter of the Baton Rouge regional office of the American Cancer Society to help cancer patients and their families in the local area, including Hammond. So, come out on Saturday to help celebrate and raise money for this wonderful organization. You can help and have fun at the same time. For information on purchasing raffle tickets, please call Andrea Arnold at 985-974-5744 or Juanita Lee at 985-974-3266.