By Ashley Rader
Carter County Relay For Life will travel back in time when it opens its 2014 campaign Thursday with a kickoff rally.
The theme for the 2014 Relay For Life is “A Decade of Hope;” the rally will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Truman Clark Annex.
2014 Chair Genna Price said each team in the Relay would decorate their booth with themes from different decades.
The goal for this year’s campaign is $125,000, lower than than the goal of $130,000 that was missed last year.
“It was the economy last year,” Price said. “It was hard to fundraise to meet the goal they had.”
Price said the goal is to have the rally be more interactive than in the past.
Before, the kickoff was a meeting-type event, where speakers would address the crowd about the Relay and why the event was important to them. This year, committee chairs will be set up at different stations around the room and will speak individually about what the committee does and their own personal feelings regarding the Relay For Life.
“It will give people a chance to find out what each of the committees do,” Price said. “They may have talents they could share with the Relay.”
Another goal for the Relay is to sign up 40 teams for the June 20 fundraiser; currently fewer than 15 teams are signed up.
“Personally, I want to see the track wrapped with teams, and I want to see more survivors on the track all night,” Price said. “We want to see more survivors come out and take part. We want to be able to honor them.”
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