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Relay For Life Valley Center coming to town this weekend


June 18, 2014
The Valley Center Relay for Life will take place this Saturday, June 21, at Bates Nut Farm.

Survivors will highlight the opening ceremony when they start the event with the Lap of Hope. This first lap inspires everyone at the event to believe they are making a difference.

In order to finish the fight, research must be supported and those diagnosed with cancer need programs and services. This is accomplished by the activities and efforts of communities such as Valley Center.

There will be several fundraising activities taking place at the event. For example, you can purchase a rubber duck to see if it gets dropped closest to the bull's eye. The winner receives 50 percent of the money collected and the American Cancer Society will receive the other 50 percent. The duck drop will be at 4 p.m.

Harrah's Resort is sponsoring the "Unlock the Cure" purple door activity. For this, purchase a key and it could open a Viva Las Vegas two-night getaway, a Harrah's staycation vacation package, or an all-around San Diego attraction package that includes tickets to Legoland, a Hornblower Cruise, and the Del Mar Fair. Give your key a try in the stage area at 6 p.m. Keys are on sale right now at A-1 Irrigation.

How about some Padres tickets? Starting at the June 21 relay, the Relay is selling tickets for the August 31 game between the Padres and Dodgers. The tickets are $25 (a $39.50 value) and the seats are located at the Toyota Terrace Pavillion level.

There will be a silent auction taking place from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. featuring a Helicopter Ride generously donated from Hummingbird Helicopters. Don't miss the Road to Recovery car show at 11 a.m. Judging will take place before the race for best in show and, of course, a trophy will be awarded to the fastest homemade "cardboard box car."

Live bands will be performing throughout the day and night, including the Pleazure Band, SuperFreaks, Noise Machine, and the Boogie Brothers. All bands are sponsored by Harrah's Resort Entertainment.

The kids will be entertained by princesses, superheroes, and fun activities, as well as a jumper, all sponsored by Red Throne Events. All through the day and night there will be food available on site.

As the sun begins to set there will be preparations made for the Luminaria ceremony. The bags reflect a remembrance of someone lost or honor someone who is currently battling the disease.

As night falls the Relayers will continue their walk, lit by the Luminaria bags. Cancer never sleeps, so why should we? In case you need to take a little rest, make sure you bring your sleeping bag and tent and set it up under the purple-lit trees at Bates Nut Farm.

The Lion's Club will be cooking breakfast as we wake up Sunday morning for the Closing Ceremony. Enjoy pancakes, eggs, and sausage as we prepare to reflect on the event and hear about the most recent breakthroughs on cancer research from Dr. Daniel Calac with the Indian Health Council.

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