Local Relay for Life Teams will be decked out in purple at the Peanut Butter & Jam Festival on the Square from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. this Friday, June 17, for the second “Paint the Town Purple” day.
Teams will be holding various fundraisers for the upcoming Relay. Items being sold will include various Relay items, plus various food and beverages.
The Oldies but Goodies Relay for Life Team will also be hosting its annual “Celebrity Pie Auction.” Pies will be baked by various Highland “celebrities” and auctioned off during the “Paint the Town Purple” at the Peanut Butter & Jam Festival on Friday, June 17, on the Square downtown, beginning at 12:15 p.m. Virgil Straeter will serve as auctioneer.
Highland celebrities who have consented to bake a pie for the auction are Curt Libbra of the Highland News Leader (rhubarb pie), Howard Held of the Chamber of Commerce (peach-cherry pie), Bruce Bellm of Highland Country Club (strawberry pie), Jay Boulanger of Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home (mixed berry pie), Pastor Will VerDuin of Evangelical United Church of Christ (“Fruit of the Loom” pie), Carla Riva and Martha Edmonds of Highland Health Care (“Team Peach Pie”), Chief of Police Terry Bell (cherry pie), City Councilman Neill Nicolaides (pumpkin cheesecake pie), City Manager Mark Latham (Toll House chocolate chip cookie pie), Superintendent of Schools Mike Sutton (pecan pie), and Mayor Joe Michaelis (blackberry pie).
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Also on Friday, you will also be able to register for the Survivor Dinner, which is held just prior to the Relay, or purchase a luminary in honor of or in memory of someone. The Luminaria Ceremony will be held the night of Relay at 9:15 p.m. All proceeds will benefit Highland’s Relay for Life, which will be held July 8-9 at Glik Park.
For more information about the relay — to become a sponsor, form a team, or to join a team —contact Event Chair, Joy Krouper at (618) 409-7864.
Everyone is encouraged to come out and support these Relay for Life teams and their fight against cancer.