By Steve Robinson | February 1, 2018 - 9:59 am
Posted in Category: Relay For Life

Bloomington, Illinois – FEBRUARY 1, 2018 – The organizing committee for Relay For Life of McLean County is pleased to announce this year’s 24-hour event will be held at The Corn Crib in north Normal from 2p.m. Friday, June 22 through 2p.m. Saturday, June 23, 2018.

The Corn Crib has been home to the Normal CornBelters of independent baseball’s Frontier League since the team debuted in May 2010.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with the CornBelters,” said Kimberly Wright, Community Development Manager for American Cancer Society’s Peoria-based office which oversees numerous Relay For Life events in central Illinois, including this one.

Per the agreement with the CornBelters, the use of The Corn Crib for the event is at no cost to Relay For Life of McLean County because CornBelters management is donating the stadium’s use free of charge.

“A large majority of our event will be in one big open location,” Wright explained pointing out the advantage of holding the event at The Corn Crib. “Holding the event here will be great for our Relay participants because we consider ourselves a big family and we want everyone to feel like family when they come to our event.”

“We are very thankful for the opportunity to partner with, and host, the Relay For Life of McLean County at The Corn Crib this June,” added Ryan Eucker, Vice President of Ticket Sales for the CornBelters. “Beyond providing a new and unique venue for the event, we’re looking forward to partnering with the many teams and participants of Relay For Life to offer support in their fundraising efforts.”

RELAY 2018 START TIME MOVES TO 2P. M. FRIDAY: In addition to a new location, the start time for this year’s Relay has been moved up to Friday afternoon at 2p.m. which will include a “soft” opening at that time where team members can begin circling the course at that time, Wright explained. She said a formal opening ceremony will take place sometime after working hours that day – something else that is a change from previous Relay For Life of McLean County events. The Survivor Walk, which honors current cancer survivors, will follow the formal opening ceremony.

YOUTH ACTIVITIES TO TAKE PLACE BOTH DAYS: This year, Relay For Life of McLean County will “have youth activities for kids to enjoy on both Friday and Saturday,” Wright added.

RELAY 2017 NUMBERS: Relay For Life of McLean County wrapped up it 23rd annual event raising $300,786.47 at the conclusion of the 2017 event and had 70 teams comprised of 657 participants, and 220 survivors and caregivers at their annual Relay event, held from 4p.m.June 23 to 4p.m. June 25, 2017, at Normal Community High School.

Since it began in McLean County in 1994, Relay For Life of McLean County has raised over $8.3 Million to fight cancer.

PLANNING FOR RELAY 2018: Planning for our 2018 campaign has begun. Getting involved with Relay For Life of McLean County would be the perfect way to volunteer your time in the fight against cancer. You can find a link to our Relay by visiting www.relayforlife.org/mcleanil.

More information may be obtained by contacting either Catina Struble 309-706-5367 or Steve Robinson at 309-242-7838.

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