PARISH – The Parish area Relay For Life committee will celebrate “Paint the Town Purple Day” Saturday, April 30, with a variety of fundraisers and refreshments at the town gazebo on the corner of Rtes. 69 and 69A. The “Paint the Town Purple” event will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Purple is the signature color of Relay For Life and signifies support for the fight against cancer. Businesses are invited to get involved by decorating their storefronts and windows with purple ribbons, lights and other decorations. A prize will be awarded to the most creative business decorations by the Parish Relay For Life organizing committee.
To enter, call relay chairwomen Mary Faulkner at 298-6019 or Sharon Amyotte at 387-5688. The deadline to enter is Thursday, April 28.
“Paint the Town Purple activities are designed to involve the community in the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life,” said Margaret DeNeve, event coordinator for the American Cancer Society. “Relay for Life is the American Cancer Society’s major community fundraising effort to create a world with less cancer and more birthdays, by helping people stay well and get well, finding cures, and fighting back against cancer.”
The annual event is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. Friday, June 9, at the Altmar-Parish-Williamstown Middle School. Hundreds of people will take turns walking the track to raise money for the fight against cancer. The event ends at 6 a.m. Saturday, June 10.
The overnight celebration features individuals and teams enjoying music, theme laps, and activities for children, and taking turns walking the track. At nightfall, participants take part in a touching luminary ceremony to honor cancer survivors and pay tribute to those lost to the disease.
Teams are currently being formed and can be signed up on the web site at www.relayforlife.org/parishNY. For information on volunteering or local business sponsorship, or to find out how to build a team, call Mary Faulkner or Sharon Amyotte, or visit www.relayforlife.org/parishNY. Donations can be made online as well.