“We were given a heads up early on last fall that it (moving location) would be a possibility,” Owensville Area Relay For Life official Cheryl Schlottach said. “We didn’t know for sure when we’d have to change locations, but we were planning for it just in case it happened this year.”
On Friday, June 28, festivities will be moved to the Owensville Elementary School (OES) parking lot behind Dutchmen Field starting at 6:30 p.m., and ending at 2 a.m., the morning of Saturday, June 29.
“It’ll be a little different not being at Dutchmen Field this year,” Schlottach said. “We’ll do the best we can with it this year and spread more awareness about cancer research as much as we can.”
A dinner in honor of cancer survivors will be held at 5 p.m., in the OES cafeteria before the opening ceremony kicks off with a lap for survivors and their caregivers.
Even though the handicap parking will be blocked due to setting up for the event, additional parking will be made available behind the OES cafeteria.
“We will open up the parking lot behind the school for handicapped people so that they can simply enter the school from the back and easily access the cafeteria,” Schlottach said.
Honoring those currently afflicted with cancer and remembering those who have passed away from cancer, a luminaria ceremony will take place three hours into Relay For Life at 9:30 p.m.
With the change in location, there will be limited seating and those planning on attending our encouraged to bring their lawn chairs.
There will be plenty of activities for children and adults of all ages throughout the night at OES.
Three new teams will join the cause for the ninth Owensville Area Relay For Life.
Serving on the committee for a long time, Tonya Zelch started a team known as “Charlie’s Angels” in memory of her father, Charles Zelch, who passed away due to anaplastic thyroid cancer last September.
“We started this team to honor the memory of my father,” said Peggy (Zelch) Farrell, deputy city clerk for the city of Owensville.
Serving as a sponsor since the first Relay For Life in Owensville nine years ago, RR Donnelley will form a team under the leadership of Janet Diestelkamp.
Family Traditions Restaurant in Gerald (formerly Cutter’s Edge) will also form a new team for 2013.
Teams can begin setting up their areas on the OES front parking lot at noon on Friday. Anyone needing answers to questions, or for more information, can contact Barb Feagan at 437-4788.
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