Jacksonville Daily Progress
Cherokee County Relay for Life will be held overnight, beginning at 7 p.m. Friday, April 25, at Jacksonville High School's Mauldin Field.
Prior to the opening ceremonies at 7, the Jacks n Jills Square Dancers will kick off pre-relay entertainment during registration at 6 p.m. They will perform in front of the main survivor/caregiver seating area.
At 6:30 p.m. Friday, the Jacksonville High School drumline will play.
The Master of Ceremonies will be P.O. Ford, and Katie Kinsey, a cancer survivor, will sing the National Anthem. Greg Jones, also a cancer survivor, will lead the opening prayer.
After the ceremonies, The Al Fine Little Big Band from Tyler will take the stage. Following the band, a karate exhibition led by Black belt holder Dave Thomason will be held.
The ever-popular country singer, Ben Duffy, will lead the events toward the Luminaria ceremony, which begins at 9:30 p.m. The T’s Tumblers will also perform.
Dr. Sam Smith and “In His Image” praise dance group will perform during the ceremony. The Lykins Family and Ian Chandler will also perform.
A Midnight Fight Back ceremony will be followed by “Midnight Bingo and Lattes.”
Brittany LaPrairie will help get everyone re-engergized for the second half of the relay with a high-energy Zumba session.
Early morning entertainment will include Withrow/Cooley, Tiffani Watkins, Lindy Lykins and Logan Strong.
For more information, visit the website www.relayforlife.org/cherokeecotx or the Facebook page “Relay for Life of Cherokee County Texas.” Email organizers at email@example.com or call 903-795-3604 or 800-227-2345 to learn more.