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Fourth annual Relay for Life slated for Alfred University’s McLane Center
3/24/10

Alfred University’s fourth annual Relay for Life is scheduled to take place Saturday, March 27, from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. in the McLane Center on AU’s campus. This is an opportunity to celebrate the lives of those who have won the battle against cancer, remember those whom we have lost, and fight back against the disease that touches us all.

To sign up to participate, or for more information visit relay@alfred.edu

Over the course of its short history, the relay at Alfred has had some memorable and successful events. AU graduate Shannon Richmond, class of 2008, is credited for getting the event started in the spring of 2006. Richmond, now of Oregon City, OR, found support on campus from friends and faculty but unfortunately did not have time to plan a full relay for that year. In its place, students and faculty held a luminary ceremony called “candles at the king.” Participants surrounded the King Alfred Statue on the south side of AU’s campus with lighted luminary bags, played music, and shared stories and poems.

By the spring of ‘07, a full relay was planned and was very successful. Held in Davis Gym, there was live music and more than $15,000 were raised for the charity. Much like ‘07, the ’08 and ’09 relays also proved successful raising over $18,000 and $17,000, respectively with an average of 250 students involved each year.

The Herrick and Scholes library faculty have had a team in each of the relays. This year they are teaming up with Green Alfred and Alternative Cinema to walk and raise funds for the charity. There is a bin in the lobby of Herrick Library to collect returnable bottles as a fundraiser for its Relay for Life team.