This year the Relay For Life committee has planned lots of games, activities and entertainment for the all ages. Entertainment chair Jesse Gonzales said, “This year, we want everyone to stay the whole time. It’s usually around midnight that the crowd starts to dwindle, which is unfortunate because Relay remains lively, even in the early hours.”
One new activity being added this year is Midnight Bingo. “Since Relay is a community event and there are so many people in the community who like to play bingo, we decided to try featuring it as an activity this year and see what kind of response we get,” Gonzales said. “But we ask everyone to keep in mind that we will not be giving out cash prizes; it will be small prizes and gifts that the winners will get.”
The price to play Midnight Bingo will be $5 for seven cards. Daubers will also be available for $1.50 each if you don’t have your own to bring. There is a limited amount of cards for this event, so it will be on a first come, first served basis.
Another new activity this year, along the same lines, will be Loteria (Spanish Bingo). “There was one night the committee got together to play Loteria, and we had a blast. It was so much fun. For some, it brings back memories of childhood; sitting around the kitchen table with our beans and pennies hoping to win,” said Sponsorship chair Victoria Rivera. “That’s exactly why we chose to add the activity; it is so much fun,” Gonzales added.
Loteria will begin at 2 a.m. It will be 25 cents for one card, one game each time to play. Like the bingo game, there will be no cash prizes, only small prizes and gifts.
“We hope the bingo and Loteria games will draw in crowds and keep those already in attendance at Relay, not only to play bingo but also to enjoy and see what Relay has to offer after midnight,” Gonzales said.
Relay For Life is scheduled Friday from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. Saturday at Veterans Memorial Stadium at A.C. Jones High School. All proceeds raised at Relay will benefit the American Cancer Society.