Written & Photographed By Chris Hari
Every spring ladies throughout McMinn County enjoy a luncheon just for them to honor and memorialize victims of cancer and their families/caregivers. The tables are set by individual groups using themes and often incorporating photos of loved ones who have had the disease. The creativity is amazing! The luncheon is a fund-raiser for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, and most of the groups are teams that are participating in the relay.
The event started small with only 100 women and 14 tables. Now, 13 years later, under the leadership of Ladies’ Day Out Chair, Yvonne Raper, the crowd has grown to 350 women and 48 tables. The luncheon is now held at the Woodward Avenue Church of God auditorium, one of the few places in the county that can accommodate that many people, and is now a catered event. Entertainment this year was provided by the Scenic City Chorus, part of the Sweet Adelines International Association of female harmony singers. The proceeds from the luncheon are divided among the Relay for Life teams participating in the event.
The 2015 Relay for Life
Friday, May 8th at Market Square Park starting at 5:00 p.m.
For further information on the relay visit the website at Relay for Life of McMinn County, or visit the facebook page of the same name.