Relay on the River set to light up the night
“In the right light, at the right time, everything is extraordinary,” Aaron Rose once said.
On Aug. 27, Relay for Life organizers are hoping that the right light produced by hundreds of luminarias will make a local effort to fight cancer extraordinary.
Individuals throughout Tunica County are now selling luminarias that will honor cancer survivors, support those currently battling the disease and remember those who have lost the battle. In addition to serving as a tribute, the small bags, filled with sand and a candle, will be used to light up Rivergate Park when the sun sets.
“Luminarias are a simple but powerful way to get involved with Relay For Life,” Relay on the River Chairman Meg Coker said. “It will be beautiful when all the bags with candles are illuminated around the track.”
This year, luminarias are available in three different colors.
“We have luminarias in white bags for $10. Silver luminarias are $25, and gold luminarias are available for $50. Other relays in our area have tried this and it really makes a dazzling display. I’m so excited that Tunica will be amping up our efforts to light up the night,” Coker said.
Another added element will be torches that organizers plan to mix in with the luminarias.
“These torches are another way to honor our survivors, current cancer patients and pay tribute to those who have lost the fight,” Coker said. “They will include a plaque with the honoree’s name on it. It can be removed and sent to that person or their family.”
Torches can be purchased for a $100 donation.
The names of those on each torch and each luminaria will be read aloud during a special ceremony during Relay on the River. It will be held at 9 p.m. in the amphitheatre on Aug. 27
Last year’s ceremony was a powerful and touching experience ,and Coker said she is certain that this year will be just as moving.
“I know the ceremony will be wonderful and that Rivergate Park will again be glowing with hundreds of luminarias and dozens of torches,” Coker said.