On Saturday, May 4th, we hosted our first annual Relay For Life of Greater Fort Bend County benefiting the American Cancer Society. It was held at Ft. Bend Marshall High School stadium. Relay For Life is a fundraising event with the purpose of raising money to fight cancer. Teams are asked to participate and walk laps around the track with at least one team member on the track at all times.
This event raised over $45,000 for the American Cancer Society. The event included an opening ceremony, a luminaria ceremony, a silent auction, a survivor and caregiver's luncheon, games, activities, and more. We also supported minority organizations and businesses with musical performances by a local group, Aux Band, and a performance by praise dancers.
The theme of the event was "Family Reunion" because we all have been impacted by this dreadful disease; therefore, we are all connected and in this battle together as one "family." There were 15 teams registered as participants. Each team decorated their tent area in accordance with our theme, Family Reunion. We were extremely excited to have representatives from other area Sigma chapters; Alpha Beta Sigma, Eta Rho Sigma, Epsilon Kappa Sigma, Zeta Zeta and Beta Delta. Two area Zeta chapters were also represented; Omicron Gamma Zeta and Lambda Zeta.
Special recognition is given to Lambda Zeta who offered support in setting up luminaria bags and serving the cancer survivors and caregivers their meals during the luncheon.As is the custom with Relay For Life, we had a "silent lap" which honors those we've lost to cancer. During that time the luminaria bags are lit and lights are turned off. We wanted to offer encouragement to all by spelling the word "HOPE" in the stands with the illuminated bag