Oak Harbor Relay for Life to kickoff with rally

Organizers for the Relay for Life of Whidbey Island are staging their annual kickoff rally at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15, at the Oak Harbor Elks Lodge.

The public is invited to attend the event, which is themed “Carnival of Hope.” The rally will include demonstrations and tips by the Whidbey Island Jugglers. There also will be balloon animals and popcorn provided.

The Relay for Life, an American Cancer Society fundraiser, is scheduled to take place May 30-31 at North Whidbey Middle School in Oak Harbor.

Leandra Reuble, chairperson for this year’s Whidbey Island event, said that goals for 2014 are to recruit 83 teams and attempt to raise $180,000. She said another goal is to sell 1,500 luminary bags.

Last year, the Relay for Life event in Oak Harbor had 75 teams that raised $158,499.

Reuble estimated that about 2,000 people participated last year.

The rally next week will include a slide show presentation featuring cancer survivors by luminary chairperson Sheila Martin.

Also, top fundraisers from last year will be recognized with certificates.




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