(Seguin) -- Seguin is invited to join the fight against cancer during Saturday's night annual Guadalupe County Relay for Life event in downtown Seguin. The event is scheduled from 4 p.m. to midnight.
Misti Abrameit-Guenther, one of the organizers of the American Cancer Society fundraiser, says the opening ceremony gets underway at 6 p.m. with the Survivors lap around Central Park.
"We still would like to encourage any survivors that may have not gotten an invitation, who may not have gotten the information, but maybe they're hearing it now on the (Seguin Daily News) to please come down. They don't have to be pre-registered. They can show up at our event. So we encourage anybody -- even if they're new and they've never done this before and they just want to come down there. We have a little ceremony for our survivors and then our survivors get to take that wonderful group lap as a survivor. Actually, I just can't wait to see them walking around the park -- our survivors here in Guadalupe County or in the surrounding areas. They may celebrate at this one and they get to walk that lap together. Then drawing onto the track or our sidewalk will be our caregivers. They then get to take a lap with our survivors," said Guenther.
Guenther says 20 plus organized teams will be setting up shop around downtown selling food, items or taking part in various games. Plenty of fun activities are also being planned thanks to a great committee filled with plenty of ideas.
"We have an action packed schedule. We have a wonderful entertainment team. Lisa (Burns) from Alligator Dental works really hard with my sister Brittney and with Julia from GVEC -- they work really hard to keep us entertained. So our theme for Relay of Life this year is Relay-Opoly. So what comes with Relay-Opoly, you can only imagine with that wonderful Monopoly board that we've all played on. There are going to be games of chance included. There are several theme laps that are included throughout the night. There are several games that are included with that. Of course, you know there's going to be a jail. The way that it is going to work is if people do have to go to jail -- they're going to give a donation to get out of jail. All of that money is going to go into a pot and a team is going to be able to earn that money to be able to credit their team for an additional donation that night. So we'll have fun stuff going on with our Monopoly board. We have wonderful raffles. There's so many things to do at Relay. You get to eat, you get to visit, you get to commemorate, you get to memorialize, you get to honor. There is so much that is packed in that amount of time," said Guenther.
The community is also invited to remember or honor those impacted by cancer during the annual luminaria ceremony at 9 p.m. The bags are decorated with the names of those who have lost or survived their battle with cancer. Bags are $5 each and can be purchased at the event before 8 p.m. or in advance on Friday at Advanced Home Health and/or online at acsevents.org. The event is free and open to the public.