Relay for Life in Ripon will again be a 24-hour event at Stouffer Field.
The overnight community gathering that benefits the American Cancer Society - in particular, the event not only raises money but bring cancer awareness to those in the community – will consists of individuals in teams, taking turns while walking around the recently installed all-weather track at the Ripon High facility.
These teams will camp out at the stadium while remembering loved ones who are battling or lost their battle to the disease. Included will be the Luminaria bags-and-candles ceremony.
Elizabeth Greenwood is the event lead for the 2015 Relay for Life scheduled June 6 and 7.
“As of (this past) Aug. 31, Relay for Life of Ripon hit the one million dollar mark for funds raised for the American Cancer Society,” she said at the recent Ripon Unified school board meeting.
Greenwood added: “Each year, our event gets bigger and bigger – it is our goal (in 2015) to reach more people and organizations in the community.”
The group was helped out when the school board approved use of the facility for those two days, voting 5-0.
This calls for of the gate Maple Avenue as well as the gate next to the snack bar in order to assist with both the setting up and cleaning up.
The Ripon relay group, as requested, will also have use of the ticket booths at the main entrance, restrooms, announcer’s box and all electronic equipment at Stouffer Field.
“We hope to make 2015 the best Relay yet,” said Greenwood, who is estimating attendance at 250.