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Incline Village Relay for Life kicks off Friday night

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Relay for Life all about community — community coming together to celebrate victories, to commemorate those they have lost and to take up the banner to do what they can against this disease that affects so many.

This year, the community of Incline Village will be celebrating 15 years of fighting cancer with 15 hours of Relay activities from 5 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 8, until 8 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 9.

Because Incline's theme is "Making Waves Against Cancer," everyone is invited to celebrate a 60s style Beach Party at Preston Field.

Below is just a sampling of the events planned for the evening:

ENTERTAINMENT

Steve Ause and Brendan O'Donovan are emcees for an event filled with entertainment. Doc-O and Squeeky the clowns will be on hand to entertain the kids.

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The keynote speaker for the evening is June Forman, an artist and cancer survivor. Her talk at 6:30 p.m. is entitled "SH-h-h-h-h Cancer," and promises to be both moving and inspirational.

Music will be provided by Darin Talbot, Kyle Ledson (a very accomplished 12-year old mandolin player and the grandson of local resident Marion Ledson), and Jacked-Up, our locals' favorite band.

Dr. Laurence Heifetz, medical director of Gene Upshaw Memorial Tahoe Forest Cancer Center, will be the morning speaker during the Pancake Breakfast. Dr. Heifetz was a founding partner of Tower Hematology Oncology Medical Group at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, and is a clinical professor at UC Davis.

A musician in his free time, he plays the piano with a blues band and he is also on the Board of Directors and volunteers for Operation U.S.A, an organization that provides medical relief to third-world countries. Don't miss his talk at 9 a.m. on Saturday.

ACTIVITIES

Preston Field will be lined with booths and there will be all kinds of fun games and contests for the kids. Bar Bar Bar, DiMaggio's, IV Coffee Lab, and Susie's Scoops will all be there.

The Grand Lodge Casino will be hosting "Spikes Tattoo Parlor"; Team Lucy and First American Title will be hosting massages by Lotus of the Lake and selling "The Lucy Didn't Cook Book" and art reproduction notecards by June Forman; Dress the Part(y) will be selling fun decorations and party items; and The Mountain Niners will be playing their ever-popular Bra Pong.

Also, the Optimists are bringing their Dunk Tank — so come out and dunk Don Epstein and Brendan O'Donovan for a great cause.

 

RAFFLE

Mary Hubbard and her Mountain Niners are holding two raffles — for $5 each, you can get an opportunity to win either an Arnold Palmer flag or an NFL football signed by Trent Dilfer.

Or you can enter the Community Raffle and get 3 tickets for $5. Some of the prizes up for grabs are a Foursome at the Mountain Course; hour-long golf lessons with Robyn Crabill and Brian Eilders; a citrine necklace valued $340; and pedicures, manicures, gift baskets and other great prizes.

For information about the raffle or to donate a last minute raffle items, contact Mary at 775-832-8377 or email mahubb@pacbell.net.

 

FOOD

Tacos by Norma will be served starting at 6:15 p.m. Survivors eat free; those who would like to attend the dinner pay a donation of $10.

Then from 8 until 10 a.m. on Saturday, the Knights of Columbus will be flipping pancakes for a great Pancake Breakfast. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children 5-12, and 4 under are free.

LUMINARIAS

This year the Relay is teaming up with Project MANA to collect canned goods. In the interest of fire safety, luminarias will be lit by LED lites and weighted down with a can. All canned food donations will then go to Project MANA after the event.

Mary McCormick of Team IVGID is offering luminarias at $10 undecorated or $15 decorated. You can drop by the IVGID office at 893 Southwood or purchase them at the event.  There will be decorating tables at the event if you wish to decorate your luminarias there as well.

Anyone wishing to participate can sign up the day of the event and walk individually or as part of any team. Participation in the relay is free. For more information, please call Aimee Giller at 775-828-2210.

Event schedule

4 p.m. Early Registration

5 p.m. Opening Ceremonies

6 p.m. Survivor Lap & Performer Kyle Ledson

6:05 p.m. Caregiver Lap

6:10 p.m. Bark for Life Lap

6:15 p.m. Teams Lap

6:15 p.m. Dinner is served

6:30 p.m. Speaker June Forman

6:45 p.m. Singer Darin Talbot

8-10 p.m. Band “Jacked Up”

9 p.m. Luminaria Ceremony

7:45 a.m. Closing Ceremonies

8-10 a.m. Pancake Breakfast

9 a.m. Speaker Dr. Laurence Heifetz

— Raffle prizes will be announced throughout the evening.