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Relay-for-Life starts this week at college

Got plans for this Friday, April 20? At 3 p.m., the Middlebury College Relay-for-Life kicks off its annual 18-hour event on the campus athletic fields. The event, like thousands of other relays across the country, raises money for the American Cancer Society. Funds raised goes directly to help fund cancer research, healing facilities, advocacy, and more. Participants walk around a makeshift track all throughout the night to show their support for the cause. Last year, 949 students, faculty, and community members took part in the Middlebury relay. Local businesses also helped raise $195,000. This year, the fundraising goals have been set higher with hopes of bringing in $220,000. So far, 80 teams have already registered for this weeks event Last week, local businesses donated a percentage of their profits on specific days to Relay for Life. Businesses included Belladonna, Glass Bead Game, Neil and Otto's Pizza, the Vermont Book Store, Marquis Theater, and Autumn Gold Jewelry.In addition, donations have been received from Co-operative Insurance Agency, American Legion Auxiliary, Laberge Insurance, National Bank of Middlebury, and Sanderson's Funeral Home. The theme for Middlebury's relay this week is "Around the World."Participants and teams will arrive in costume, decorate their campsites, and show their relay spirit. The relay begins at 3 p.m., April 20.The event includes an opening ceremony at 6 p.m., a luminaria ceremony, performances by various college groups, a DJ, themed laps, and more. Breakfast is provided by Middlebury Bagel. Entertainment is provided for relay children; also planned are rugby lessons, face painting, a cappella concerts, relay races, and more. To register with a team, visit the local Web site: http://www.acsevents.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=190332 or contact relay co-chairmen Alex Braunstein and Chandler Koglmeier at: relayforlife@middlebury.edu for more information.

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