To celebrate an amazing Relay for Life 2012, a Wrap Up Dinner will be held on Thursday

Article by Josh Allen/Managing Editor – eParis Extra!

The Paris 500…Lamar County’s Race for a Cure – the theme and title of this year’s Relay for Life event — couldn’t have went better.  The teams that participated all did spectacular and a huge thank you goes out to all of you.

The grand total of money raised for the 2012 Relay for Life event is $50,250 — so far.  The top five placing teams in fundraising were Texas Oncology ($11,055), First Federal Bank ($7,130.96), People’s Bank ($4,392), Kimberly Clark ($3,376.20), and Brookshires ($2,200.50).

These weren’t the only teams that participated though.  There were over 40 teams to sign up for this year’s event, which is the most ever.  There was over $13,000 raised by teams online prior to the event.

This is certainly a year for the record books for Lamar County’s Relay for Life, however, these totals could still change and more fundraising can still be done for 2012′s Race for the Cure.  Money can raised up until August 31, 2012.

On Thursday, July 12 — 6pm — at Celebrate It there will be a Relay for Life Wrap-Up dinner and party for all Committee Members & Team Captains.  Each person may bring a guest.  There will be food and fun and a much deserved celebration for all the team’s job well done.

Please make sure and RSVP your seat so that there is enough food for everyone.  You can do this by emailing Molly Woodall at  You won’t want to miss this.

At this dinner, the first 20 teams to sign up for the 2013 Relay for Life will receive a VERY nice Welcome Back gift!  In order to be eligible for this gift, you will be asked to pay the $25 registration fee that night.

A theme for teams and campsites for Relay for Life 2013 will also be voted upon and chosen at the Wrap-Up dinner.  Below is a link to a list of suggested themes from around the country.  Send in your suggestion to before Thursday night.  If you have another idea than those on the list, send that in as well.  The Relay committee will take the top 10 and vote on them at the dinner.

Themes for Relay for Life 2013

Be ready for the Flash Mobs at this year’s Relay for Life

There are some teams that will be participating in Flash Mobs this year and you need to be ready because you will most likely be caught off guard.  They will come in a flash and leave in a flash, leaving you confused and laughing.  

For those of you that are not sure what a Flash Mob is, it is a group of people who appear from out of nowhere, to perform predetermined actions, designed to amuse and confuse surrounding people. The group performs these actions for a short amount of time before quickly dispersing. Flash mobs are often organized through email and/or newsgroup postings.  And you can go on to see how these are done (just search Flash Mob).

There are simple Flash Mobs and there are complex Flash Mobs. 
Get on youtube…check them out…get one together and take it to the 2012 Lamar County Relay for Life. 

Make it your routine about 1 1/2 to 2 minutes long.  You can use props if you’d like.
Relay for Life is less than a week away at North Lamar’s R.L. Maddox stadium.  It will begin at 7pm on Friday, June 29.

Are you ready? Relay for Life is less than a week away

This year’s Lamar County Relay for Life — themed Paris 500…Lamar County Race for a Cure — is less than a week away.  The annual event is being held at North Lamar’s R.L. Maddox Stadium on the walking track from 7pm on Friday, June 29 until 5am on Saturday, June 30.

The idea is for everyone to get together, raise funds for a cure, and have a lot of fun celebrating the lives of those who have fought battles with cancer and to honor the memories of those that have been lost to the battle with cancer.  This year has been one of the biggest fund raising years so far.

There are a lot more activities planned for the night, aside from the Relay and all the pre-Relay fundraising that has gone on in the days and weeks preceding the event.  There will also be on-site fundraising on the night of the Relay.

Many local businesses and Relay teams will be offering various items, merchandise, fun, games, and food and drinks.  For example: Bealls will have Lollipops, Cotton Candy, Face Painting, and raffles for two fragrance baskets, Brookshire’s will provide Snow Cones, Doing it for Ken’s Kids — egg rolls, pickles, strawberry and chocolate cupcakes, First Federal Teams 1 & 2 — T-shirts, Kimberly Clark Team 1 — hamburgers and baked goods, Kimberly Clark Team 2 — raffle for Taurus 380 Stainless Steel Hand Gun, Kimberley Clark Team 3 — memory quilt raffle, Kroger — hotdogs and raffles for a grill and $30 Gift Card, PRMC — food and face painting, People’s Bank — hotdogs, cancer bracelets, raffle for 2 baskets, PHG — cotton candy, Texas Oncology — frito pies, nachos, & water, The T-Shirt Shoppe — t-shirts, tote bags, glow sticks, Well Warriors — popcorn, and Wendy’s Warriors — watermelon.

There will also be a Mr. Relay contest which will feature several local business being represented by a man that dresses as a woman for a humorous beauty pageant.  Mr. Relay contests are: Kenny Dority (Guaranty Bond), Ellsworth Corbett (Brookshire’s), Michael McLaughlin (First Federal Team 1), Bow Willis (First Federal Team 2), Joe Parris (Kimberly Clark), Caleb Gladd (Paris Regional Medical Center), Andrew Thrasher (The T-Shirt Shoppe), and Casey Gilbert (Well Warriors).

And for even more activities and fun, Bealls will have Mario Cart set up, Brookshire’s will shave their manager’s head and host a scavenger hunt, Doing it for Ken’s Kids will have a Bag Lady game, First Federal Teams 1 & 2 will sponsor a reverse lap and a hokey pokey lap, Kimberly Clark Teams 1 & 2 will host a Bubble Gum Race Car workshop and a Huggies diaper dash, Kroger may lock you up in their ‘mock jail’, Texas Oncology will have tricycle races, there will be a Limbo Lap sponsored by the T-Shirt Shoppe, and Wyatt Bowden is bring the Angry Birds game.

Be prepared for a night of memories, emotions, fun, excitement, and fellowship.  This is a time when a lot of the town of Paris will pull together for a great cause.  Hope to see everyone there.

Below is a diagram of the walking track with info regarding the night of the relay.  Click to enlarge.

Article by Josh Allen/Managing Editor – eParis Extra!

Get a custom name Relay for Life T-shirt at Brookshire’s

Brookshire’s is selling the above photographed T-shirts as a fundraiser for Relay for Life up until the Friday before Relay.

The shirts are to remember those that are Gone but not Forgotten and honor those that are Still Fighting.  Relay for Life is just around the corner.  Let’s all help raise money to Race for the Cure.

You can order your shirts on site at Brookshire’s or you can email Lashell Jordan with your order at

The adult shirt is $12.00, plus $1 per name to be added and the children’s shirts are $10, plus $1 per each name to be added.

Shirts must be paid for when they are ordered.

Get your ‘Luminaria’ bags for Relay for Life – the Race for the Cure is in 2 weeks

Relay for Life is two weeks from today.  The event will take place at North Lamar’s RL Maddox Stadium from 7pm to 7am on June 29.  The theme this year is Paris 500…Lamar County Race For A Cure.  There will be so much fun, celebration, and dedication going around on that night — Flash mobs, reverse laps, games, prizes, food, etc.

If you’ve lost someone with cancer, know someone who has, or even know someone who has gone through a fight with cancer, you know the toll it can take on someone, especially those that have lost.  That is what this Relay is all about.  To raise funds to hopefully someday find a cure and to celebrate the lives and the fights of those that have suffered the awful battle.

These Luminaria bags photographed below are a great way to dedicated a moment, and a pretty glowing bag-light, to someone that has lost a fight with cancer or is still battling today.  Get them at the Relay for Life event on June 29.

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