“I wish it was longer,” said Barker, vice chairperson of the event and a skin cancer survivor herself.
The six-hour event will be held Saturday at the Goliad County Courthouse Square beginning at 6 p.m.
The ceremony will include honorees Deborah Gamblin, Andy and Romana Garcia, Dwight Michael, Nancy Rader and Amanda Sparks. Memorials will be held for Stella Davis, Eloisa Garcia, James L. Johnson Sr. and Dennis Pesek.
The ceremony will begin with the invocation by Rev. Sharon Stewart, Presentation of Colors by Cub Scout Pack #64 and the National Anthem by Morafley, which includes band members Jeff and Rick Moon returning to their hometown of Goliad.
The honorees and families of the memorials will be given time to speak. A survivor lap around the courthouse will follow. A wagon provided by Billy and Karley Howe will be available to take those who require assistance.
The survivor/caregiver lap will follow and be followed by the team lap.
Local survivors may have received an invitation to the survivor dinner, which is sponsored by and held at the Empresario Restaurant at 7 p.m. Guests are asked to RSVP to JoAnn Ybarbo if they plan on attending the dinner. Those who did not receive an invitation and are cancer survivors may register for themselves and a caregiver at the event. There will be a table set up for survivor registration and T-shirt pickup near the band starting at 5 p.m.
The luminary ceremony will be held at dusk. There will be a table set up before the event for those wanting to donate a luminary to be lit for a loved one.
Music will be provided throughout the night by County Line, Hall Pass and Morafley. Zumba fun is from 9:30 to 10:15 p.m. Dr. Daniel Garza’s staff will be holding a bean bag toss, washer toss, goldfish game, go fish and a duck pond all night for a small donation.
Goliad High School athletes will provide hot dogs from 5 to 6 p.m. for a small donation. Movies and have nail painting will be from 7 to 8 p.m., S’mores from 8 to 9 p.m. and a high-heel race lap will begin at 9 p.m. The athletes will also hold bra pong from 10 to 11 p.m.
The Gold Star 4-H Club will have a cake walk beginning at 8 p.m. and the Stampede 4-H Clubwill have its basketball hoops game at 10 p.m.
Barker wished to thank this year’s sponsors:
County Line Entertainment (in loving memory of Doug Hillyer), International Power-Coleto Creek, Goliad County Chamber of Commerce, Empresario Restaurant (Jill and Steve McKinney), Goliad Knights of Columbus, Select Energy Services, Don Jose Restaurant (in loving memory of Jose Juarez), Goliad Presbyterian Church, Grace Funeral Home, Goliad Advance-Guard, Whataburger, Peterson Paraiso & Cattle Co., Kenneth and Pat Edwards, Highway Garage (in loving memory of “Raymond” T. Vargas), Steve & Christy Paulsgrove, Coastal Bend Real Estate, American Bank, H-E-B, James Young Insurance, E. J. Bammert, Kirby and Debby Brumby and Patricia Light.
This year’s teams are:
The American Bank, Boot Scootin’ Wranglers (Stampede 4-H), Coleto Creek Cancer Busters, Friends for Life, Golden Cure (Gold Star 4-H), Goliad First United Methodist Church, Goliad High School, Kickin’ Cancer Crew, Lakewood 4-H Bigmouths, Oma’s Army, Raymond T. Vargas Memorial, St. John’s Lutheran Church, Team Survivors and Weesatche ASK’M 4-H.
For more information, visit the Goliad County Relay For Life facebook page or relayforlife.org/goliadcotx.