County Relay for Life begins 2018 planning

Tribune staff reports

Relay for Life of Jackson County conducted a 2018 event leadership team and team captain meeting Oct. 2 at the Seymour Community Center.

Melissa Pressler, American Cancer Society’s community development manager, collected orders for $20 Hope in Indiana baseball shirts and announced an opportunity for individuals to earn a different shirt for raising at least $150 by Tuesday.

Attendees met members of the event leadership team: Event lead Melissa Rebber, accounting lead Dee Hess, logistics lead Ron Duncan, mission lead Dr. Stephanie Burgess, online and social communications lead Julia Aker, sponsorship lead Mary Reed, survivor lead Amberly Brewer, survivor lead/refreshments coordinator Stacey Brummett and youth champion Charlie Smith. Also on the event leadership team is luminaria lead Jan Engel.

Volunteers are needed to fill several open opportunities on the event leadership team: People lead, Fund the Cure lead, ACS Cancer Action Network lead, ceremonies lead, community champs, entertainment/activities lead, marketing lead and team ambassadors.

Goals for the year were set at 25 teams with 100 registered survivors, 250 registered participants and 10 ACS CAN members raising $50,000.

Teams are now forming, and registration is available online at or on forms at the meetings. Teams are encouraged to solicit sponsorships as a part of their fundraising.

An upcoming team fundraiser is ESA One Step-One Miracle’s Texas Roadhouse gift card sales through Nov. 7 with cards delivered Dec. 5.

The 2018 Relay for Life is May 11 at Seymour High School with the theme “Wish Upon a Cure.”

The next meeting is at 6:30 p.m. for event leadership team members and 7 p.m. for team captains on Nov. 13 at the Seymour Community Center. Attendees are encouraged to bring someone new to the meeting.