While the Lynbrook/East Rockaway Relay for Life is still over two months away, those involved are hard at work trying to raise money for the cause. Members of the 15 teams currently signed up for the met at on Thursday night to discuss different fundraising ideas.
The charitable evening, scheduled to be held at the middle school, is designed to raise awareness and funds for the American Cancer Society.
“Relay for Life is a way for the community of Lynbrook (and) East Rockaway to take a stand against cancer,” American Cancer Society Director of Special Events Judy Wichter said. “For one night, we’re going to fight back against cancer. We’re going to celebrate cancer survivors by hosting a free dinner for survivors and their caregivers.”
Following the dinner, focus will shift to the outdoor track where activities and entertainment will surround those walking in the relay.
“Each team will get a site on the field,” Wichter said. “(Participants) bring whatever they feel they need to keep themselves comfortable from 5 p.m. - 11 p.m.”
Organizing a successful relay is a long process, according to Wichter.
“It takes about six months to put this event together,” she said. “(We) need to encourage people to start teams to do fundraising.”
One of the larger fundraisers this year is the . Organized by Adam Glickman, the night gives contributors the opportunity to purchase tickets to the Long Island Ducks home opener on May 4. Five dollars from each ticket (priced at $15) will go towards the relay.
Those interested in attending must RSVP by April 6, according to Glickman.
also intends to contribute. During the week of May 13, the shop will donate proceeds from sales of purple bagels (purple is the official color of the event) to the relay, according to Glickman.
For those still unsure of how to contribute, Wichter presented a wealth of examples.
Sending emails to solicit donations, organizing office pay-to-dress-down days, and placing change in empty 16 oz. water bottles were all mentioned as worthwhile ideas. One full water bottle can hold as much as $90 in coins.
“Probably one of my favorite ways to raise money is with the luminaria bags,” Wichter said. “You can buy (them) in memory of someone who passed away or in honor of someone who’s battled cancer.”
The bags, which often include the names of those being honored, are placed around the track and illuminated by candles once the sun has set.
Team registration for Relay for Life is ongoing. Click here to visit the official website and sign up. It is best to register at least one month before the event, according to Wichter.