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Jump into the game

The Relay for Life, Friday and Saturday, March 27-28, at the high school raises funds for the American Cancer Society and marks a couple of milestones.

Its local theme, "Game Show Relay, In Search of the Million-Dollar Prize -- A Cure," alludes to one milestone.

If this 12th annual local relay hits its fundraising goal of $176,500, it pushes River Falls' Relays to a collective fundraising total of $1,000,000.

Last year's event raised $160,000.

The ACS celebrates in 2009 the 25th year of holding relays, which raises money for cancer research.

Local relay chairwoman Tara Whipple said 55 teams registered for the event, 34 of them online. Nearly 100 people have signed up online as individual fundraisers.

The object is to keep at least one team member walking around the track throughout the night. Most teams camp overnight or come and go in shifts.

Whipple said it looks like at least 660 people will take part.

Some River Falls residents may not know that they are welcome to wander in and check it out even if they aren't walking or taking part in another activity.

The Rotary Club serves a spaghetti dinner 5-8 p.m. Friday that includes meatballs, Caesar salad, bread, cookie and a drink for a minimum donation of $6.

The Lions Club cooks a hot breakfast 7-9 a.m. on Saturday of pancakes, eggs, sausage and a drink for a minimum donation of $3.

Proceeds from both meals go to the ACS.

Visitors can also attend the ceremonies, browse silent auction items and display booths, play games, socialize, listen to live music, and watch the limbo or Dude Looks Like a Lady contests. Activities start Friday night and end Saturday morning:


  • 6 p.m. Opening ceremonies, national anthem, survivors/caregivers lap
  • 7 p.m. Helmer dancers performance
  • 8 p.m. Hula Hoop contest
  • 8:30-9:30 p.m. Stampede plays live music
  • 9:30 p.m. Dude Looks Like a Lady contest
  • 10 p.m. Luminaria ceremony
  • 11:30 p.m. Tug o' War


  • 12:30 a.m. Scavenger Hunt
  • 2:30 a.m. Texas Hold 'Em
  • 4 a.m. Karaoke
  • 9:30 a.m. Closing ceremonies

    In keeping with this year's theme, attendees can tease their brains with a Wheel of Fortune-style puzzle they pick up at the beginning of the night.

    Players earn chances to guess a letter by playing or winning games, donating a silent auction item, keeping a walker on the track all night, entering a "dude" in the contest or singing Karaoke.

    The first team to solve the puzzle wins a prize.

    Anyone can donate silent auction items if they're delivered before 6 p.m. Friday. Forms to submit them are on the local relay's website. Items for bid include everything from paintings and themed gift baskets to services and sports memorabilia or tickets.

    Auction bidders need not be present to win but do have to pick up their item by 8 a.m. Saturday.

    Teams and anyone else who'd like to donate may bring their money to the high school Monday at 6:30 p.m. for "Bank Night."

    People at the 2009 Relay for Life will also hear the 2009 honorary chairpersons speak. Two local survivors, Kellie Burrows and Wendy Larson, plus a local caregiver, Isaac Grover, share their stories and insight.

    For more information or to volunteer, contact Whipple at 425-0479 or and log onto the local relay website:

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