Trine University to Host 6th Annual Relay for Life Event

Trine University to Host 6th Annual Relay for Life Event

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ANGOLA — Trine University will host its sixth annual Relay for Life event on Saturday from noon to 2 a.m. at the Keith E. Busse/Steel Dynamics Inc. Athletic and Recreation Center, 1 University Ave.

The goal of Relay for Life is to raise money for the American Cancer Society, as well as celebrate cancer survivors and commemorate those who have lost their battle with cancer.

This year’s event is being headed up by two Greek organizations on Trine’s campus, Phi Sigma sorority and Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity. The theme is “games,” and a different lap activity will take place during each of the 14 hours. advertisement

“We have live action Hungry Hungry Hippos, Mario Kart and Pac Man where the Relay committee members are the ghosts,” said Claire Gardner, co-chair of the event. “We’ll also have live action Call of Duty with Nerf guns.”

Many local businesses have donated to the cause including Pizza Hut, Hungry Howie’s, Dairy Queen, Buffalo Wild Wings, Great Lakes Chocolate and Coffee, Joppa Minerals and Meijer. From noon to 12:30 a.m., a silent auction will take place, and gift cards from many of these businesses will be featured as prizes.

In addition to the silent auction, other special activities during the event will include a free popcorn giveaway from The Corn Club from 2-4 p.m., a survivor dinner from 5-6 p.m., and live music from the band Long Gone from 7-10 p.m.

At 6 p.m., the Survivor Lap will take place, followed by the Luminaria Ceremony at 6:30 p.m. The co-chairs believe that this is the most important part of the entire event.

“During this time, we turn the lights off in the ARC, and everyone is silent,” said Relay for Life co-chair Jason Small. “People walk around the track and look at all the names of the cancer patients we’re honoring. It’s a serious time to think about why we’re there.” advertisement

Explains Gardner, “We’re having fun and it’s a great time to come out, but we want to take that moment to think about what the event is truly about and remember that we’re all raising money for an important cause.”

Trine University’s Relay for Life committee has a goal of raising $10,000 this year.

This event is completely free and open to the public. For more information about Relay for Life or to sign up, email Claire Gardner at

Clare Danner is a Communication/English major at Trine University.

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