LOWER POTTSGROVE TOWNSHIP, PA — Even though it was 9:30 a.m., the music at the 2014 Relay for Life of Pottstown had people dancing around the track at Pottsgrove High School Saturday.
After the teams made their entrance, the survivors — sporting dark purple shirts — took their lap around the track to signal the beginning for the 24-hour relay, which raises money for cancer research.
Leading the way were Grand Marshal Denny Wade and Junior Grand Marshal Trey Love.
“It is such an honor. It is awesome,” Missy Love said about having her son be junior grand marshal.
POTTSTOWN — The annual Relay for Life, a 24 hour walk to help raise money for cancer research, is right around the corner and this year will be packed full of activities that will help honor those who have fought back against cancer.
The huge event will start a 10 a.m. Saturday with the opening ceremonies and end on Sunday at 10 a.m. The day-long event will be heralded in with Celtic pipes and drums along with the Springford Vocal Ensemble.
This year, 129 teams will cheer on the survivors in attendance as they take the first lap around the Pottsgrove High School track to kick off one of the highest grossing relays in the nation.
In its 16th year, the Pottstown relay has been ranked the fifth largest relay out of the 5,100 worldwide, according to Susan Schafer, a representative with the Pottstown Relay for Life. As of Monday night, 1,966 participants have raised $352,590.62 and that number will rise because the last day to stop raising money is Aug. 31.
For the past 40 years the arrival of spring has coincided with Daffodil Days in Berks County, an event that spread the bright yellow flowers to homes and offices while raising a lot of money for the American Cancer Society.
But the most recent Daffodil Days was the last.
The society in Pennsylvania has done away with the popular sale, which already had been phased out in most other states.
“After 40 years, there is certainly some nostalgia to seeing it go,” said Jo-Anne Sessa, vice president of the society’s region that covers Berks and 11 other counties.
Does your pooch need a rub-a-dub-dub in the tub? Volunteers from Bark for Life Pottstown wash your dog! Tubs, Shampoo, Towels and Dryers provided! Extra pampering will be provided by Old English Grooming! (additional donation for the extra pampering).
Saturday, August 27, 2011, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm.
$10.00 donation per dog.
Proceeds Benefiting the American Cancer Society.
Hosted by: Penn Liberty Bank, Limerick Branch, 543 N. Lewis Road,
(610) 535 – 4880