Archive for Thursday, March 30, 2006

Golf tournament to kick off 2006 relay

March 30, 2006

There's a lot of new and old planned for the ninth-annual De Soto Relay for Life, but there is one feature from last year organizers want to avoid.

Rita Jones, chairwoman for the De Soto American Cancer Society fund-raiser, said the Relay was scheduled for June 2 and 3 at the De Soto High School stadium.

"We'd like dry and cool," she said. "We'd take dry and hot. We don't care just as long as it's dry."

Last year, the De Soto Relay was washed out by a daylong series of thunderstorms. A more abbreviated Relay was later conducted in conjunction with the city's Fourth of July celebration.

"We didn't make our goal last year because of the rain," Jones said. "Our goal this year is $36,000 -- the same as last year. We'd like to go over that."

More than two months before the Relay, things look encouraging, said Jones and Lori Murdock, who is charged with recruiting teams.

About 30 teams have signed up to participate this year, compared to the 24 that formed for last year's Relay, Murdock said.

"Our goal is 36," she said. "Hopefully, we gather a few more.

"We got some good new teams, which is always exciting."

Teams need to be in place by April 12 so T-shirts can be ordered, Murdock said.

Fund-raising will start with a golf tournament, one of the Relay's new features. The tournament, with a four-person scramble, will start at 8 a.m. April 22 at De Soto's Oak Country Golf Course, 8800 Scott Drive.

Murdock said individual fees were $45 and team fees were $180. Fifteen to 16 teams have signed on and there is room for at least nine more, she said.

Those wanting more information are asked to call Murdock at (913) 636-2679 or PJ Smith at (913) 583-1859.

More information can also be found at another feature new to the Relay this year, its Web site at

The Relay will feature traditional events such as the survivors' lap and lighting of luminaries associated with the fund-raisers. But Jones said this year would also include a "Wall of Hope" banner, which will be displayed at the national Relay Sept. 19 to 20 in Washington, D.C., called Celebration on the Hill.

"Everybody who signs, their signature goes to Washington, D.C., so we would like to get as many people's names on the banner as possible. Even if they aren't on a team, if they could come out and sign the banner, we would really appreciate it."

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