The kick-off for the 2010 Relay for Life fundraising season was held on Tuesday, Oct. 27 at the Airport Hilton. Former University of Tennessee Lady Vol point guard Cait McMahan, an alumna of Heritage High School, and now an assistant coach for the Lady Vols, was the speaker at the event. McMahan, who lost her mother to cancer in 2007, has taken on Relay for Life as her “new team,” and in her speech she assured her fellow volunteers, “I promise you won’t find anyone more passionate.”
This year’s Relay, to be held on Friday, May 21, will be the first time that Blount County has done a 24-hour event. It will begin at 3 p.m. on the campus of Maryville College and run until midnight, then begin again at 7 a.m. on Saturday, May 22, with events like a 5K run and a bicycle ride. The goal for the 2010 campaign is to raise $365,000, difficult but possible for the Blount County Relay, which is second-largest in the state and is fifth in the mid-south division.
The air base will put up an obstacle course, the Blount County Sheriff’s Office will have a K-9 demonstration and there will be a children’s area with games and inflatables. The Relay Idol Talent Competition is back, with Jackie Midkiff, Jr., of Alcoa and a former contestant on “American Idol,” helping out as a judge. There will also be a Little Mr. and Miss Relay Pageant, as well as activities for seniors and a “National Treasure” themed scavenger hunt.
Other Relay for Life events will take place in the coming months, including a celebrity waiter event and auction in January.
View the gallery to the left for an extended selection of photos from the event.