FAIR LAWN, NJ – The borough will host the Relay for Life Kick-Off event on Jan. 31 at the Community Center, according to Deputy Mayor John Cosgrove.
Cosgrove announced the event, the second annual cancer fundraiser in town, on Jan. 23, reminding residents of the fundraiser that drew hundreds of people in its first year.
The Fair Lawn chapter of Relay for Life, the signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, will hold the event 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 31 at the Recreation Center, 10-10 20th St., Fair Lawn.
Featured at the event will be New Jersey native Felicia Temple, a finalist from NBC’s “The Voice.” Temple, who beat carcinoid cancer and was a finalist on the show in February 2017, will share her own story.
Temple’s story includes writing and recording her EP, “The Balancing Act,” while undergoing chemotherapy and abdominal surgery in 2015-2016. Temple obtained her nursing degree while pursuing her solo music career.
The event will include a light dinner, a presentation and information about Relay for Life and the work it supports, and entertainment, including a performance by Temple.
Assunta Trischka, Fair Lawn’s Volunteer Event Leader, reviewed the event at the recent Fair Lawn Chamber of Commerce meeting, as well.
The actual date for the relay is June 9-10, 6 p.m.-6 a.m., at the Dobrow Sports Complex in Fair Lawn.
The Glen Rock relay committee is joining Fair Lawn this year for their event.
Several other community leaders are joining Cosgrove in his leadership this year, including Dena DeSantis, Stuart Pace, Rhonda Aversa, Nandini Jani, Lascinda Goetschuis, Ilene Levine, Fair Lawn Councilwoman Gail Friedberg-Rottenstrich, Erin Miller, Rachel Oster, Caryn Starr-Gates and Tim Yuskaitis.
There is no charge to attend but reservations are required; to make a reservation, email Kyra.Miller@cancer.org or register online at www.relayforlife.org/FairLawnNJ.