Georgetown Strong: Relay for Life is Tonight

  • Friday, May 2, 2014

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Ten Georgetown County men will don evening gowns and participate in a talent competition tonight in an effort to raise money for Relay for Life, a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.

The Ms.(ter) Relay pageant will take place during the Georgetown area Relay for Life event on at the Georgetown High School football stadium. The Relay will last from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. with the pageant set for 8-10 p.m.

Ms.(ter) Relay contestants will participate in an evening wear competition before changing into casual wear for the talent portion of the pageant. Contestants will showcase talents ranging from ballet (performed in a tutu) to juggling.

The winner of the crown and title of Ms.(ter) Relay will be the man who raises the most money. People who cannot attend the Relay can still make donations for the Ms.(ter) Relay contestants.

“We're extremely proud of these men for stepping up and putting themselves out there this way to raise money for such a worthy cause,” said Sheila Spinks, 2014 Relay chairwoman. “All the money raised here will help the American Cancer Society finish the fight and hopefully find a cure for this disease that affects so many people and has claimed so many lives.”

Contestants in the pageant are:

Chris Armstrong, 34, firefighter/paramedic.

Brian Tucker, 38, Georgetown County director of economic development.

Ray Funnye, 56, Georgetown County director of public services.

Kevin Jayroe, 40, owner/manager of Bienvenue Home Gifts.

Dr. Alan Thompkins, 58, chiropractor at HealthSource.

Dr. Kevin Morris, 37, chiropractor at HealthSource.

Adam Maag, 24, firefighter/paramedic.

Dr. Craig Downing, 55, family medicine doctor at Waccamaw Medical Center.

Shane Player, 38, director of Tidelands Hospice.

The Rev. Steve Wilkins, 52, pastor at Georgetown Presbyterian Church.

This year's Relay for Life will also include a tribute to cancer survivors by the Swamp Fox Fellowship Riders, a kid-friendly wresting exhibition, a walk-a-thon, luminary ceremony at 9 p.m., book signing by Linda Grabeman (author of “No Prissy Shoes), music, food and more.

“This event is all about celebrating the survivors and raising money to finish the fight against cancer so every person diagnosed can be a survivor,” Spinks said.

“Finish the Fight” is the national theme for Relay for Life events this year in recognition of the American Cancer Society's 100th year of saving lives, the advancements that have been made and the fact that the fight isn't over yet. Local volunteers will combine that message with their own theme of “Georgetown Strong” for the Georgetown area event.

“I want this to be the loudest, most successful event we've ever had, because silence won't finish the fight against cancer,” Spinks said. “Today, two our of three Americans diagnosed with cancer survive to celebrate more birthdays. We want that to be three out of three.”

For more information, contact Spinks at 843-455-5121 or visit www.relayforlife.org/georgetownsc or www.facebook.com/GeorgetownRelay.

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