The local American Cancer Society chapter is raising the bar with its largest Relay for Life kickoff event yet, according to the event chairwoman.
“Usually with the Relay for Life we do a kickoff event, but in the past it hasn’t been very big,” Misti Field, event chairwoman, said. “This year we wanted to take a different turn and really kick it up a notch and really do a big event.”
For the first time, Saturday’s event will include a chili cook-off, auction, children’s events and about 40 vendors.
There also will be door prizes and informational booths for survivors and people fighting cancer.
“Our goal with this kickoff event is to make people aware of Relay for Life, and let people who are fighting cancer know what’s available to them through the American Cancer Society,” Field said. “There are a lot of options out there that are free that people don’t know about, and they’re free because of events like this.”
One-hundred percent of the proceeds raised at the event go to the American Cancer Society.
“There are so many people who aren’t aware of what the American Cancer Society has to offer, but so much of the money raised goes back into our own community and so many people don’t realize that,” she said. “I think this event helps bring the community together and builds a stronger bond.”
Field said the kickoff event also sets the tone for Relay for Life.
“The more people we can educate, the better our event is going to be,” she said. “If people come to the kickoff event they will see the tone that is set for Relay for Life and they’ll want to get involved.”
Field said attendees should be prepared for “a really good time” and “all-you-can-eat” chili. The free event is from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Jan. 11 at the Killeen Special Events Center, 3601 S. W.S. Young Drive.
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