Getting warmed up for fundraising

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By Kirsten Laskey

After the success of the first run, Atomic City Circuit Riders are warming up for another fundraiser effort for the Los Alamos Relay for Life.

The team, which is from the First United Methodist Church, will hold a musical revue and barbecue dinner at 5:30 p.m. May 31 at the church’s Fellowship Hall.

Discipleship Coordinator Ann LePage said, members of the congregation will take the stage.

“We have volunteers come and perform something of their choice,” she said.

All types of music will be represented, including Cajun music.

Besides the music, a free barbecue dinner and homemade desserts will be served.

Also, “the hat will be passed” to collect money for the Relay team.

In its first year, the fundraiser earned about $1,200. The goal this year, LePage said, is to raise more than that amount.

This event will be the main fundraiser for the team, LePage said.

She encourages everyone in the community to join the fun. “We have very talented musical people here,” she said. “(People) are certainly going to get a nice musical concert and they’re going to get a free meal and they’re going to get to contribute to a really worthy cause.”  

Currently, there are 28 members on the team, but participants are still coming in, she said. The team is named after the first group of ministers at the church, who were circuit riders. The ministers traveled to several churches throughout the area to lead services, LePage explained.

She said cancer has appeared in her life and therefore, she has been involved in Relay for Life in other states.

Having First United Methodist Church involved in the relay seemed like a perfect match, LePage said.

“A sidelight of the Relay is to give you a positive feeling,” she said. “When you have cancer or know someone who has cancer, you feel overwhelmed. This is an opportunity to feel like you’re doing something to help in the fight against cancer.”

She added the church members like to do outreach programs and wanted to join in the fight against cancer.

Relay for Life will begin at 6 p.m. June 26 and will run through June 27 at Ashley Pond.

LePage said participating in the Relay does not require running or walking laps during all hours of the night. People stay for as long as they wish and take part in anything from the candle light ceremony to handing over a contribution.