MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ - This weekend will be the annual Relay for Life of Berkeley Heights, Mountainside, New Providence, Springfield and Summit, held at the Loop Playground in the Watchung Reservation.
The weekend will start off with the Overlook Medical Center Reception to Honor Cancer Survivors. The free event, which includes brunch and various speakers, will be at Overlook Medical Center in Summit from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Teams can check-in and sent up their campsites from noon to 4 p.m. Activities and the food court will open at 4 p.m. at the Loop Playground, and are available to everyone in the community. The “Tricky Tray” Basket Auction will open up an hour later at 5 p.m.
Relay will officially commence with the Opening Ceremony, set to begin at 6 p.m. This year, the New Jersey Youth Chorus will give a special performance during the ceremony. After the survivors walk the official first lap following the Opening Ceremony, the track will be open for all participants to walk. Each team is encouraged to have at least one person representing them on the track at all times.
As in previous years, the Luminaria Ceremony will be at 9:30 p.m., with the Fight Back/Spirit of Relay Ceremony coming right afterwards at 10.
New to Relay this year is “Relay @ Nite,” a program filled with activities and events that will go all night long. “Relay @ Nite” will begin at 11 p.m. and will go until 5:30 a.m. Activities this year include a “Who’s Line Is It Anyway?” game, karaoke, movies and yoga.
The Closing Ceremony will be at 5:45 a.m. and will include benediction by Father Andy Prachar and Rev. Diane Ruffle. At that time, the final total will be revealed. The Final Lap of Relay 2015 will be at 6 a.m.
For more information about Relay for Life, or to make a donation, visit www.RelayForLife.org/BerkeleyHeightsNJ.