Relay For Life 2019 set for Friday evening

‘Cash in for a Cure’ drawing with more than 100 donated prizes from more than 70 donors

Participants in the 2016 Relay For Life Survivors Lap pose for a photo. (Cullman Tribune file photo)



“If you or someone you know has ever had a screening test such as a mammogram, a PSA test, a colonoscopy or have received cancer treatment of any kind, you’ve been touched by the efforts of Relay For Life and the American Cancer Society.”

Relay For Life of Cullman County Publicity Chair Gail Crutchfield

CULLMAN, Ala. – Relay For Life 2019 will take place this Friday, May 3 at the Cullman County Fairgrounds from 6 p.m. to midnight. The annual event is a fundraiser for The American Cancer Society.

“Funds raised through the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life of Cullman go toward research, patient services and support, and education that can lead to early detection and prevention of cancer,” said Relay For Life of Cullman County Publicity Chair Gail Crutchfield. “If you or someone you know has ever had a screening test such as a mammogram, a PSA test, a colonoscopy or have received cancer treatment of any kind, you’ve been touched by the efforts of Relay For Life and the American Cancer Society. Services such as the toll-free hotline or ACS website, offer support and information that’s accessible 24/7, for questions about cancer, insurance issues, ongoing studies, support services and even recipes.”

Crutchfield said Relay For Life has a big impact on the community and participants.

“Relay For Life of Cullman County has many volunteers like me who have been doing this for 20 years or more, and we wouldn’t continue to do it if we didn’t truly believe that our efforts are helping people today and will continue to help people in the future,” she said. “When I started Relay just over 20 years ago, I started because my employer at the time encourage us to participate in the event. I kept participating, even after I changed jobs and moved out of state, because the first Survivors Lap and Luminaria Service I witnessed brought home to me why Relay For Life was so important. During that walk I saw people I’d known for years but didn’t know they’d been affected by cancer. During the Luminaria Service I recognized names of people who knew who had battled cancer and those who had tragically lost their battle. That had a big impact on me and they are why I continue to volunteer for Relay For Life.”

Crutchfield continued, “I invite everyone to come out to join us in the fight against cancer. Every little bit helps and is appreciated. Stop by and enjoy us for the entire six hours or as long as you can.”


5 p.m. Survivors Dinner

6 p.m. Opening Ceremony

6:45 p.m. Survivors Walk Across Stage

7 p.m. Survivors Lap

7:15 p.m. Caregiver Lap

7:30 p.m. Team Lap/Banner Judging

7:45 p.m. Sponsor Lap

8-8:30 p.m. Living Faith Quartet

8:01 p.m. Tent Judging

8:30 p.m. T-Shirt Contest

9:30 p.m. Bra Competition

9:45 p.m. Boxer Short Competition

10 p.m. Spirit Stick Competition

10:25 p.m. Team Raffle Drawing Announcements

10:30 p.m. Womanless Beauty Competition

11 p.m. Relay Lip Sync Battle

11:30 p.m. Closing Ceremony

Cash in for a Cure

At last year’s Relay For Life event, Elena Caudle’s relay team hosted a fundraising drawing for prizes, and the success of that effort set the stage for a repeat performance, this time bigger and better.  Caudle’s “Minion Magic” team is overseeing the 2019 “Cash in for a Cure” drawing at this year’s Relay For Life, with more than 100 donated prizes from more than 70 donors.

Caudle told The Tribune, “We named our Relay for Life team ‘Minion Magic’ because we understand that what so often can’t be accomplished by individual little ‘yellow’ people, seems to happen by magic when we and our local businesses all come together with one goal in mind!    

“In this case, and in just a little over two weeks, that magic is happening already in a big way!

“After the amazing success of last year’s trial run hosting a ‘silent drawing,’ we have been asked to host the event again.  

“This year with a new name and the hopes of it becoming an annual event, the ‘CASH IN for a CURE’ silent drawing will once again be at the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life celebration on May the third on the fairgrounds near Sportsman Lake.  

“That’s all exciting and so very much fun, but to us, the real story here is our community!  In such a short time, we have collected over 80 donations from the huge-hearted folks and businesses in our and your community; and the prizes just keep coming!

“These prizes, which have been donated by both individuals and our local businesses, range from $25 gift cards, Rock the South and Dollywood tickets, to Game Cameras for the hunters, and so many other things you can’t begin to imagine!  The thing is, we don’t think the gifts are the best part. We think the best part of the whole thing is the GIVERS!

“We know that our local businesses especially are bombarded from every side and all the time with requests for ‘something.’  And we know that it must sometimes feel like no one understands that, just like us individuals, it’s hard to have enough to give to everyone you’d like.  And yet, there have been very few- like maybe two- places that have said anything other than ‘Sure! I’d love to help you out!’

“And we want everyone to know not only who you are, but that we totally understand and appreciate all you do, and not just for us.  We are grateful for all you do for the entire community! So we have asked the amazing folks at The Cullman Tribune to help us pay tribute to your kind and beautiful hearts, to say thanks for helping us in this battle to find a cure for the monster named cancer!”

Prize donors

  • Wallace State Relay For Life team – grand prize: 4 Dollywood tickets – $300 value
  • Mitch Smith Chevrolet – grand prize: 2 Rock the South Tickets gift basket – $250 value
  • Wallace State Relay For Life team –  grand prize: 4 Splash Country tickets – $200 value
  • AllState
  • Anytime Fitness  
  • Applebee’s
  • E. Blessed Publications  
  • Big Cedars Nursery  
  • Blueberry Gal  
  • Buettner Brothers
  • Buffalo Wild Wings
  • The Candle Garden
  • Carson’s Confections  
  • Cecil’s Styles
  • Chick Fil-A
  • Classy to Sassy
  • Caitlyn Colburn  
  • Comfort Care Home Health and Hospice  
  • Consign and Design
  • Cullman Dodge
  • Cullman Florist
  • Cullman John Deere
  • Cullman Veterinary Hospital
  • Whitley Davis – It Works Global
  • Doug Doggett Jewelers
  • Drake Salon and Spa
  • East Side Barber Shop
  • Easy Pickens Antiques
  • Express Oil Change  
  • Finders Keepers
  • Flavors Bakery
  • Bill Floyd State Farm
  • Fritos
  • From the Heart  
  • Brenda Glover  
  • GNC  
  • Megan Hollingsworth – Rodan & Fields
  • Hope Riders Relay For Life Team
  • If the Shoe Fits  
  • Jim ‘n Nick’s  
  • Jimmy John’s  
  • Johnny’s Bar-B-Q  
  • Just Paws
  • Karma’s Coffee House
  • Kernel Kullman
  • Ivy Kilcollins – Bespoke Hair Design and Color Bar  
  • Kris’s Cornerstone Relay for Life team  
  • Meghan Lauderdale – BURST Oral
  • Lavish Boutique
  • Leap of Faith Equestrian Center
  • Logan’s Roadhouse
  • Marathon at Hwy. 31 and Cherokee Ave.
  • Monograms Plus
  • O’Reilly’s Auto Parts
  • Palm Beach Tan  
  • Panera Bread
  • Papa Murphy’s Pizza  
  • Sheila Parker – Pampered Chef  
  • The Platform
  • Purple Skies Relay For Life Team
  • Rattles and Rhymes
  • Rock n Roll Sushi
  • Quality Staffing  
  • Whitney Shields – The Hair Loft   
  • Whitney Shields – Roden and Fields   
  • Starbucks
  • Touch of German
  • Tres Bellezze Boutique
  • Urban Grace
  • Van’s Sporting Goods
  • Vincent Furniture
  • Warehouse Discount Groceries  
  • Werner’s Trading Co.
  • Wilborn Outdoors
  • Heather Wood  
  • Yogurt Street  
  • Elise Zapka – The Hair Loft  
  • Many “Anonymous Angels” (this is not a business but for folks who’ve donated and want to be anonymous)

Get involved!

Caudle invited: “Put your cash in to help find a cure for cancer, and win a wonderful prize at the same time!  It’s a win, win, win! Plus, it’s a lot of fun to join the party and become one of us ‘Minions of Magic’ with one goal which is to help fund the fight to find a cure for cancer!

“And we want to invite everybody to come out and just see what it’s all about.  Bring a few dollars to give yourself the chance to win at least one of the amazing prizes we have.  Sit and reflect, and honor and/or remember folk you know who’ve been touched by cancer at our oh-so-special luminary service, and then submerge yourself into the fun and excitement that is Camp Relay!  We’d be so glad to see you!”

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