In an effort to reach out to the hearts and hands of the Tiffin community, the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Tiffin is to host an open house today.
The event, said Deborah Hilborn, income development representative for the American Cancer Society, will serve as an information session and a kick-off celebration for the upcoming Relay For Life season, and is a fresh approach to the start of Relay activities.
This year, she said, Relay For Life decided to plan a more comprehensive and convenient event to commemorate the start of the season, in the hope of increasing attendance and participation.
The open house, she said, will take place 6-8 p.m. at Mercy Tiffin Hospital, and is on the same night as regular Relay meetings. Event planners, she said, hope having the event at a centralized location and a convenient time will attract more people and expand the reach of Relay for Life.
Not only will the event feature a number of local Relay teams, she said, but visitors also will have the chance to form new Relay teams or join an existing team. Also, she said, visitors can find out how to become involved on the Relay committee or simply gather information about Relay for Life's work in the community.
For those interested in registering on the evening of the event, she said, laptops will be available.
Hilborn said those attending the kick-off will have the opportunity to support Relay For Life with a variety of fundraisers taking place this evening. Luminaria in memory or honor of a loved one with cancer can be purchased, and ribbon T-shirts also will be available. She said the shirts are $10 and are decorated with colored ribbons and the phrase "They all matter." Birthday Bash and Maddy's Heart shirts also will be available at the kick-off, she said.
A new fundraising project is being created for Relay For Life this year, Hilborn said, and visitors at today's kick-off can contribute to and preorder that project. She said a Community Relay Cookbook is being put together, and will be a compilation of recipes submitted to Relay For Life by cancer survivors, patients, families and others.
She said the organization's goal is 400 recipes, and submissions can be made in memory of or in honor of special individuals. She said recipes given in memory of a person will be highlighted by a cross, and a ribbon will be printed by recipes in honor of cancer patients. Tuesday is the last day recipes will be accepted, she said, and they can be submitted this evening at the kick-off event.
The book will be hardcover, and Hilborn said presale orders for $12.50 will take place through Dec. 31. After that, cookbooks will be $15, she said
Other individual team fundraisers and activities taking place this evening are to sale of Christmas ornaments, rubber band bracelets, kids crafts and tickets to win a Playstation 4, she said.
The evening will be family-friendly, Hilborn said, and "we're hoping for a really good turnout." Light refreshments also will be offered.
For more information about Relay for Life or the kick-off event, visit www.relayforlife.org/tiffin or contact Deb Hilborn at (888) 227-6446, ext. 5204.