Although skies are still gray and temperatures are still cold, it's time for people in the Lower Yakima Valley to start thinking about spring and the American Cancer Society's Lower Valley Relay for Life, which is set to take place May 14-15.
The annual fund-raiser, which takes place at Rich Leenhouts Stadium at Grandview High School, helps raise money for the American Cancer Society to continue its funding for cancer research, legislative advocacy and to support its many educational and community service programs.
Those thinking about taking part in the Lower Valley Relay for Life are invited to take part in an informational social. The social will take place Tuesday, Feb. 8, at the Immanuel Lutheran Church at 300 Euclid Rd. in Grandview.
Tim Smith, Lower Valley Relay for Life chair, explained that during the social, or kick-off meeting, informational packets will be distributed to returning teams and it will be a time to get new teams organized. The social will include pizza, soft drinks and drawings for prizes.
Smith said the 2005 goal for the Lower Valley Relay for Life is to raise $124,000 for the American Cancer Society.
The kick-off meeting will give teams guidelines for fund-raising, as well as other information. The Sunnyside Community Hospital Relay for Life team, Rebels with a Cause, are getting a headstart on their fund-raising.
The group already has a no-tap bowling tournament scheduled for April 30, at Sunnyside's Valley Lanes. All proceeds from the tournament will benefit the American Cancer Society through Relay for Life.
The cost to take part in the bowling tournament is $25 per bowler or $100 per team. There will be prizes for first and second place teams.