If you have driven through the villages of Ellicottville or Little Valley lately, you have probably noticed large purple ribbons tied to tree trunks and telephone poles. The towns were recently “painted purple,” which of course, signals that it is once again time to Relay in Ellicottville. The annual Relay For Life is back and looking to accomplish some fantastic fundraising goals.
“We had great participation with paint the town purple this year,” said Crystal Page, ACS Director of Special Events for Cattaraugus County. “We had businesses in Ellicottville and Little Valley take part. The winner of the judging competition was Watsons in Ellicottville. There were so many wonderful displays and it was a tough decision. Cattaraugus County Bank and the Credit Union in Little Valley came in a close second and third.”
Saturday, June 1, 2013 marks the date of this year’s event, which will return to the track at Ellicottville Central School. It will start at 12pm and end at 12am on June 2. In that 12-hour period, hundreds of people will share the moving experience that is Relay For Life.
Last year the Ellicottville Relay raised over $48,000 – all of which went to the fight against cancer. Approximately 45 cancer survivors were in attendance. The fundraising goal this year is $53,000. They are looking to get at least 200 people and 20 teams involved in the celebration. At this time there are 13 teams and 98 participants signed up. So far the teams have raised over $11,000 and there are still teams who have fundraising events planned before the June 1st event. For example, on Sunday May 26 there will be a fundraiser held at the Little Valley Speedway during the season Opener for the local racing scene.
“The Relay For Life of Ellicottville is one of the longest running Relays in the Western New York region,” said Page. “This is thanks to the wonderful community that year after year supports the American Cancer Society by taking part in the Relay For Life. Ellicottville’s Relay has been going on for over 10 years with not only the Ellicottville community supporting us, but many of the surrounding communities as well!”
There is plenty to do throughout the day at Relay. DJ Xcite Sounds will be playing all day and WGWE out of Salamanca will be onsite for a live broad cast during the event. Opening ceremony is at noon followed by the Survivor lap at 12:20pm. The Chicken BBQ will be available at 1 and will go till they are sold out and the popular live auction will be at 3:00pm. The always-emotional Luminaria Ceremony is at 9:30pm.
The American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life is an awe-inspiring, global event that takes place in over 20 countries. More then 4 million people from all walks of life come together every year with the same goal in mind – to raise money for and create awareness about the programs that the American Cancer Society (ACS) funds. The ultimate goal: to create a future without cancer. The ACS wants you and your loved ones to one day live in a world that does not fear the life-altering disease that is cancer. And not just one particular form of cancer. All cancers. It is a tremendous task to take on and one that requires the utmost dedication and fortitude.
Check out www.relayforlife.org for details on Relay. While there, you can find more information on the Ellicottville event by searching for “Ellicottville, NY” in the search field.