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Community invited to attend F-M Relay For Life kick-off event

— With two months to go before the main event, a Relay For Life kick-off celebration will be held on March 24 for members of the Fayetteville-Manlius community.

Designed to boost fundraising efforts and encourage community involvement, the free event will be held 6-7:30 p.m. in the Fayetteville-Manlius High School cafeteria and is open to anyone who wants to learn more about the upcoming event, which will take place at the school’s turf field on May 31.

Relay For Life events, which raise money for the American Cancer Society, are held in more than 4,500 communities in 21 countries each year. Teams comprised of family, friends and community members participate in the events by taking turns walking to honor and remember those battling cancer.

The F-M event will provide guests with the opportunity to learn more about becoming involved in the local event – whether it be by joining the planning committee, making a donation or registering a team – and will feature raffle drawings and an all-you-can eat dinner provided by Dinosaur BBQ. The dinner costs $20 per dining guest and reservations must be submitted to relayforlifeFM@gmail.com by March 20. A portion of each dinner purchase will benefit fundraising efforts.

The F-M community event is being organized by F-M students, under the direction of F-M High School science teachers Benjamin Gnacik and Meghan Reichel. Gnacik hopes that the March 24 event will encourage more community members to become involved in the Relay for Life.

“Right now we have a large student base supporting and planning the event,” Gnacik said. “We would love for more of our community to participate.”

He and Reichel have challenged students to raise at least $100,000 and have agreed to walk the track for the event’s duration – 12 consecutive hours – if the goal is met. Students have so far raised about $8,000 towards this goal.

Information about sponsorships and team registration is available online at relayforlife.org/fayettevillemanliusny.

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