Relay for Life injected with parking lot muscle
ARENAC COUNTY — The fight against cancer this year in Arenac County won’t only feature walkers, runners and fundraising events while Arenac County Relay for Life battles for a cure at Standish-Sterling Middle School on July 11-12.
It will also include chrome, horsepower, big tires and slick paint.
“One of our committee members’ husbands was doing research online and found that a car show was a really good fundraiser at other relays,” said Arenac County Relay for Life chair Dawn McNamara. “It’s not just that it’s a fundraiser, it brings people to Relay who wouldn’t normally come to Relay.”
McNamara says the new attraction, the first car show ever held by Arenac County Relay for Life, welcomes all types of vehicles.
“We’re doing classics. We’re doing cars, trucks and motorcycles,” she said. “We’ve actually got a kids’ category there too. … We won’t turn a child entry away.”
According to the event Web site, www.relayforlife.org/arenaccountymi, registration for the car show costs $20 for cars, trucks and bikes prior to June 30 and $25 afterwards; and $5 for children’s entries, which can be small battery-powered vehicles, bikes or other small vehicles made for kids. The site also says the car show will begin at 12 p.m. on July 11 and wrap up the same day at 3 p.m.
McNamara says the show will be in the front parking lot of the Standish-Sterling Middle School, where buses drop off and pick up students daily during the school year.
“If we outgrow that area, we’ll find a different location for next year,” she said. “We hope it goes over big.”
And although the correlation between a car show and a cure for cancer may seem distant, McNamara says just getting people out to the event is important to raise awareness concerning cancer.
“In this community alone, it is predicted that 120 people will be diagnosed with cancer this year alone,” McNamara said. “That’s too many, one is too many.
“We’ve got to put a stop to cancer.”
She added that hopefully by listing events, games and fundraisers, and their times, in the car show area, people who just planned on visiting the car show can be enticed to swing by the track and participate in Relay for Life.
The top three entries in all three categories – cars, trucks, motorcycles and children – will receive trophies, McNamara also said.
To register for the car show, visit www.relayforlife.org/arenaccountymi, or call Nicole Schmidt, 989-233-1039.