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February 28, 2013

Relay for Life team captains to be recognized

The 15th annual Cooperstown/Otsego County Relay For Life Committee is hosting a team captain appreciation night on Monday, March 11. The event is scheduled to begin at 6:45 p.m. at the Cooperstown Middle/High School on Linden Avenue.

“This is a great way to show appreciation for all the team captains’ efforts in organizing fundraising events for the 2013 Relay For Life scheduled for May 17 and 18 at Cooperstown Dreams Park,” said Chairwoman Carla Eckler in a media release.

“We look forward to seeing current captains as well as those interested in forming a team — it’s not too late,” Eckler added.

Organizers said the casual evening will provide an opportunity to network with other team captains while being briefed on the latest details of the event. Team captains will also be given a token of appreciation and light refreshments will be served.

Relay For Life is sponsored by the American Red Cross and is the world’s largest movement to end cancer, it encompasses fundraising, cancer awareness and education. The relay is an overnight celebration where team members take turns walking around a track “relay” style. Months of team organized awareness activities and fundraisers precede the event, including Bark for Life, which is slated for April 20, the sales of luminarias, event-wide raffles and numerous other activities conducted throughout Otsego County.

Highlights on Friday, May 17, will feature an inspirational Opening Ceremony, a ceremonial first lap by cancer survivors followed by a Caregivers’ Lap, hair-cutting to ultimately provide free wigs for women who have lost their hair because of cancer treatments, and a luminaria ceremony. It will culminate with the Closing Ceremony early Saturday morning on May 18.

For more information, visit or contact Eckler at (315) 858-1451 or Teri Sammis, co-chairwoman, at 547-2949.

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