Plans have been made down to the last lap for this weekend’s American Cancer Society Relay for Life.
The fundraiser kicks off at 4 p.m. Saturday and continues through a 10 a.m. ceremony on Sunday. All events are at Winston Wells Ballfield in Cruz Bay.
Mary Bartolucci, who chairs the event, said it “goes on all night to represent the journey of cancer patients through chemotherapy.”
The night represents cancer patient’s fear and uncertainty, with daybreak symbolizing the hope, Bartolucci said.
Laps have themes to give participants the opportunity to dress in costume.
While Relay for Life raises money to help cancer patients, Bartolucci said it brings the community together to celebrate the birthdays of those who have survived cancer and “remembering those we lost.”
Admission is $10.
Here’s the schedule.
– 4 p.m. Opening ceremony with music by Evanna Chinnery and Carl Powell, and Children of St John with Liz Putnam;
– 4 to 6 p.m. Ahwe Band;
– 5 p.m. Happy Birthday Lap;
– 5:30 p.m. Cirque-tacular aerial group;
– 5:45 p.m. Hope for Hair cuts hair to make wigs;
– 6 to 8 p.m. Survivor Dinner. Space is still available for cancer survivors and one caregiver each. To reserve, call Beverly Bizewski at 776-6833;
– 6 to 7 p.m. Love City Pan Dragons;
– 6 p.m. Mardi Gras Lap;
– 7 to 7:30 p.m. Island Gird Band;
– 7 p.m. Super Hero Band;
– 7:30 to 9 p.m. KoKo and Sunshine Band;
– 8 p.m. Rock Star Lap;
– 9 p.m. Luminaria Ceremony, Leah Burris will sing "I’m Gonna Love You Through It." Brenda Wallace will read a poem. Tim Hanley will light the luminaria. The drumming starts. The survivors take the field for one lap with torches, and the everyone takes a lap;
– 9:30 to 11 p.m. Inner Visions band;
– 10 p.m. Cirque-tacular aerial group;
– 10 p.m. Hula Hoop Lap;
– 11 p.m. to 12 a.m. Disk jockey/karaoke;
– 11 p.m. Stiletto Lap;
– 12 to 2 a.m. Paradise People band;
– 12 a.m. Pizza sale from Donkey Diner;
– 12 a.m. Recycled Products Lap;
– 1 a.m. Favorite Villain Lap;
– 2 a.m. Cirque-tacular aerial group;
– 2 to 3 a.m. Kooh de Tah band;
– 2 a.m. Toga Lap;
– 3 a.m. Salsa with Liz Putnam;
– 3 to 4 a.m. Frankie Jamison on sax;
– 4 a.m. Best Hat Lap;
– 4 to 5 a.m. Mark Wallace plays;
– 5 a.m. PJs Lap;
– 5 to 6 a.m. Bo and Lauren musical group;
– 6 a.m. Walk Backwards Lap;
– 6 to 7 a.m. Chris Carsel plays;
– 7 a.m. Favorite or Walker’s Choice Lap;
– 7 to 8 a.m. Sax and Strings gospel music;
– 8 a.m. Cirque-tacular aerial group;
– 8 to 9 a.m. T-Bird sings;
– 9 to 10 a.m. In De Sand Band;
– 10 a.m. Closing ceremony. Adonis Morton will serve as master of ceremonies.
Sponsors include Woody’s Seafood Saloon, Mongoose Merchants Association, Boyson Inc., Scotia Bank, Carlson Construction, The Tap Room, Beach Bar, Just Beach, Island Style Weddings, Rocky Coast, St. John Catering, High Tides, the Inn at Tamarind Court, Skinny Legs Bar and Restaurant, the Soggy Dollar Bar, Castaways, Merchants Commercial Bank and Hope for Hair.