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Relay for Life means another night of music, exercise, fundraising

By JR Ortega
April 22, 2014 at 9:05 p.m.
Updated April 21, 2014 at 11:22 p.m.


IF YOU GO

•  WHAT: Victoria County Relay for Life

• WHEN: 6 p.m. Friday

• WHERE: VISD Event Center Track, 3001 Miori Lane

• COST: Free

• 6 p.m. - Opening ceremony

• 6:30 p.m. - Parade of teams

• 8:30 p.m. - Luminaria walk

*Other events will occur throughout the evening, such as doing a lap with a silly hat, doing a dance lap, etc.

Victoria County Relay for Life is back for more.

So far, 54 teams have signed up, which is one more than last year, but more could be signed up before Friday, said Keisha Smith, who helps organize the event.

The event this year is at the VISD Event Center Track, 3001 Miori Lane.

The relay begins at 6 p.m. Friday and runs through 6 a.m. Saturday, said Smith, adding that fundraising and other activities will be available for those at the event, which benefits the American Cancer Society.

"I love seeing the teams that come back every year," Smith said. "You get to see their continued journey."

A lot of the same teams are coming back, such as First Victoria, which is now Prosperity Bank, she said.

More than $47,000 has been raised by the teams, according to the relay's website.

Entertainment for the night includes The Mudcatz, Dr. Yahagi and the Mended Hearts, Chase Brown and I-69 Victoria.

The survivor's dinner, which took place Tuesday, honored the relay's official honorees: Deborah Branch, Eve Brogger and Gilbert P. Garcia; and memorial honorees Gaye McMullen and Eva B. Garcia.

Smith said she is impressed with the good team representation from the community.

"You have Sam's Club, Wal-Mart, family teams, church teams and different people from all walks of life," she said.

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