Pauls Valley, OK, Pauls Valley Democrat

May 26, 2013

County’s ‘relay’ finds new home

Barry Porterfield
Pauls Valley Democrat

bporterfield@pvdemocrat.com — The fundraisers go on with full force as Garvin County’s Relay For Life event has found a new temporary home.

Due to ongoing renovations at Pauls Valley’s football stadium this summer’s event geared at raising money for cancer research will make a short move to the local Wacker Park band shell.

With no lights or electrical power available at the stadium volunteers were faced with finding a new place for the Relay event, which this year is set for June 7-8.

The local stadium has been home for years now of the county’s annual gathering that raises money for the American Cancer Society.

Although other sites were considered outside of Pauls Valley, organizers ultimately chose to move the event a few yards to the band shell in the heart of the local park.

“The event will be held at the band shell in the park,” said Ginger Beck of Wynnewood, who this year is working to publicize the event.

“We wanted to keep it in Pauls Valley because of its central location.”

Relay chairperson Amanda Winkler, also of Wynnewood, said it should serve as a great alternate site for the event, which officially gets underway at 7 p.m. on that first Friday in June.

“We chose that location because of its openness,” Winkler said. “It might draw more people out to the event.”

For one thing, Winkler and others believe the park’s band shell offers a terrific place for the Relay’s main stage.

With electrical power available, the stage will serve as a kind of central site for the Relay.

That’s important because the event will again feature music, both with a deejay and a live band. There will also be an auction with the proceeds naturally going to the Relay’s cause.

The site also works well because Pauls Valley city officials are set to help provide a make-shift track for runners and walkers to make their laps; something in the past done at the stadium.

“The city has promised to mow us a path,” Winkler said.

“We’ll make our own path there in the grass,” she said. “We didn’t want to make our track too difficult for people to get around.”

Winkler also believes the site will be more inviting for the general public, which is encouraged to come out and be a part of the Relay whether they’re participants or just spectators.

“We’re very optimistic this will help the event,” Winkler added.

“In the past we felt many in the community didn’t know what the Relay is. We want everyone to come and have a good time,” she said.

“You don’t have to be on a team to just come and enjoy it. It’s a good evening out, but it also raises money to help fight cancer.”