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Havana Relay teams seek to raise $45,000 for the cure

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By Angye Morrison

The Havana Relay for Life is set for April 17 and 18, and will kick off with the opening of the track at Havana Community Park at 3:30 p.m. April 17.

At 4 p.m., the Relay committee and Survivor tents will open, music will begin and walkers can begin walking on the track. Survivor registration begins in the Survivor tent at 4:30.

Monster trucks and antique cars will take center stage at 5 p.m., and face painters will be on hand to provide some color to the faces of children of all ages.

Tiffani Green, a Tallahassee Downtown Get Down talent competitor, will perform at 5:30 p.m.

And at 6 p.m., the opening ceremony and official welcome will commence, with the recognition of sponsors and the presentation of the colors by the JROTC of East Gadsden High School. Katelyn Fiorini will sing the national anthem, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance and an invocation.

Then the real fun begins with a Survivor celebration at 6:15, featuring Gadsden County Board of Commissioners Chairman Eugene Lamb as a guest speaker, followed by soloist Kristina McLean, who will sing, “Wind Beneath My Wings.”

Survivors will then be introduced and will take their victory lap.

The cheerleaders from Havana’s elementary and middle schools have a special performance planned in honor of the survivors as well.

First Baptist Church of Havana’s Praise Band will perform at 6:30 p.m., followed by kenpo Karate, led by sensei Mark Shipley.

Katelyn Fiorini, who has also competed in the Downtown Get Down, will perform at 7:30 p.m., followed by line dancing at 8 p.m., led by Byron Spires. Tasha Shackleford is scheduled to perform at 8:30.

The Luminaria Ceremony is set to begin at 9 p.m. with remarks from Shirley McGill, Havana Town Council member. Sean McGlynn will play the bagpipes, followed by a performance by the New Jerusalem MB Church.

Comedy hits the stage when a “reverse” beauty pageant is in the spotlight at 9:30 p.m., and at 11, a DJ will spin your favorite tunes and there will be games for everyone to enjoy.

On April 18, music will kick things off at 7 a.m., and a pancake breakfast, provided by Stone’s Hardware, will begin at 7:30. At 8;30 a.m. there will be more entertainment.

The Relay will close with a caregiver’s lap and closing ceremony at 9 a.m.

Last year’s Relay raised $42,000. This year’s goal is $45,000, and there are 21 teams participating.