The 2016 installment of the Harlan County Relay for Life is upon us, the all-night event is set to kick off on June 17 at 6 p.m.
The event is scheduled to continue until 6 a.m., with a full complement of speakers, music and other activities.
The evening will feature Dr. Tim Mullett from the University of Kentucky as featured speaker. Dr. Mullett is a part of the Markey Cancer Center Affiliate Network, and is a cancer survivor.
Opening ceremonies begin at 6 p.m., with a prayer by Forrest Gordon, Presentation of Colors by Cub Scout Pack 149 and a performance of the national anthem by Wendy Clem.
Mullett is scheduled to speak at 6:15 p.m., and the Survivor Ceremony begins at 6:30 p.m. with the recognition of survivors during the Survivors Lap. The Harlan City Police Department, members of the Harlan High School and Harlan County High School football teams will be escorting the survivors. The Survivor’s Lap is followed by the recognition of teams.
The entertainment includes a full roster of musical acts, with Big Daddy and the Heat opening the show at 7 p.m. A helping of bluegrass is served up next, with Wolf Creek Grass taking the stage at 8 p.m. Tucker Lewis takes over the stage at 9 p.m., and Peggy Green is scheduled for the 9:30 p.m. slot.
A break in the music is set for 10 p.m., when the Luminaria Ceremony takes place. The ceremony is expected to run approximately 45 minutes.
The music cranks back up at 11 p.m. when Deric Jeffers takes the stage.
Next is the Dude Looks Like a Lady contest, scheduled for 11:30 p.m.
Other assorted activities are planned to run from midnight until 6 a.m., when the 12-hour event wraps up.
According to the ACS Relay for Life of Harlan County website, 18 teams and 144 participants have so far raised approximately $19,572.76.
The Relay for Life Hope Lodge opened in March 2007 in Lexington, and has provided more than 67,000 free night stays to cancer patients being treated for cancer, saving them more the $6.4 million dollars. The facility provided 39 patients from Harlan County 663 night stays in 2015, resulting in a total savings to the patients of $92,820.
The 2016 Relay for Life will kick off at 6 p.m. on June 17 at Huff Park, wrapping up at 6 a.m. on June 18.
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