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Clay shoot for Relay For Life Saturday

What happened at Screven Motor Speedway Feb. 21 is a fine example of an individual who understands the true meaning of Relay For Life.

The Screven County Relay committee held a 50-50 opportunity drawing to raise money in memory of Mark Brannen, who died after a bout with cancer. The plan was to have half of the money collected that Saturday going to Relay while the other half would be destined to the winner of the drawing.

Bill Butler of Rincon won the drawing for a winnings of $809.50. But even though his residence is of a neighboring county, Butler decided to donate $400 back to Relay.

 

Butler’s generosity helped the local Relay net $1,209.50 for the day.

“All in all, it was a good day,” said Willene Dickey, chairperson of this year’s Relay. “It was very nice for him to do that because he didn’t have to do that.”

This Saturday Relay hopes to bolster its current total of $11,743 with a sporting clay shoot before team captains gather for a monthly meeting on Monday evening at 6:30 at the library.

The First Annual American Cancer Society Sporting Clay Shoot will be March 7 near Newington at the Savannah River Preserve, a 12-station, 100-shot sporting clay range.

Diane Royal, a Relay committee organizer of the event, said she is hopeful that hundreds from Bulloch, Effingham, Jenkins and Screven counties.

“This is an opportunity to see a wonderful part of ScrevenCounty at the Preserve and a chance to have fun together as a community to raise money for Relay,” Royal said.

Registration will begin at 9 a.m. and the course will open at 9:30 p.m. The last entries will be accepted at 2 p.m.

The entry fees are $60 a course or $15 for a fun game (five stand).

  

Food will be available at the preserve that is located at
9005 Newington Highway
, off Highway 21.

At 4 p.m., awards will be presented to the top shooters, while drawings for all participants will be done for prizes that were donated by local merchants.

Prizes to be drawn include a Benellit 12-gauge shotgun, oil-less turkey fryer, string trimmer, shotgun shells, free mount and others.

Prizes are donated by Georgia Wilderness Outfitters, Possum Eddy, Farmers Hardware, Screven Outdoors, Neighbors Express, Farmers Furniture, Rusty’s One Stop, Savannah River Preserve, Dana’s Taxidermy, Wammocks and Brown’s Office Centre.

Golf cart rental will be available at the preserve Saturday on a first-come, first-serve basis or people can bring their own.

For more information, contact Royal at (912) 678-0911 or Dickey at 564-2223. The preserve can be contacted at (912) 857-6680 or on the Web at www.savannahriverpreserve.com.

The preserve also will host Quails Unlimited in a separate tournament March 27-29 on the Highway 24 location’s 1,200 acres. Five hundred are expected for the tourney.

Sixteen teams now are signed up for Relay thus far and 13 companies have chosen to be sponsors this year.

The theme of this year’s Relay is “PEACE + HOPE + LOVE = RELAY” as teams can select from 1960s songs to decorate their campsites at Cail Field May 1. The teams also must create Relay slogans which use their team songs. Then they must perform the song during the singing competition the night of Relay.

To provide a feel for what may be heard from 4 p.m. May 1 until 4 a.m. May 2, “Georgia On My Mind” was performed by Ray Charles in 1960; The Marcels did “Blue Moon” in 1961; and “The Loco-Motion” was sung by Little Eva in 1962.

To sign up a team, contact KathyrnYoules at 912-978-1349; Dale Reddick at 912-682-1168; or Dickey.

Many events are planned for Relay For Life 2009 and more are expected to be added in the upcoming week, including a golf tournament that is tentatively scheduled for a date in the month of April.

On March 22, Walls Diner plans to hold its annual Sunday lunch to raise money for Relay. All the money from that day’s meal will go toward the effort. This is the only Sunday out of the year that Walls is open for business.

The City of Sylvania “Jail-N-Bail,” sponsored by the local police department, will be March 26 and 27, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. To have someone “arrested,” contact the police department at 564-2056. A “warrant” can be purchased for $1. It is $5 to get out of “jail.” All the proceeds will benefit Relay.

Relay For Life is scheduled to have a float in the annual Screven County Livestock Festival Parade through downtown Sylvania. This year’s Livestock Festival theme is “Rock Around the Clock with Livestock.”

A Poker Run is scheduled for April 5 from 2 to 6 p.m. The event will start at Walls Diner on
Mims Road
.

The “Survivors Dinner” will be April 14 at 6:30 p.m. at the CailCommunity Center on

Millen Road
.

The Relay For Life Pageant is planned for April 25 as Tammie Lewis will organize the event this year.

Team Captain meetings are the second Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the library. The next two dates are March 9 and April 13.

All the committee meetings will be the first Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at Walls Diner until the May event.

“Bank Night” will be April 27 at 5 p.m. at the Sylvania branch of the Bank of Newington. That also will be the evening for team captains to pick up their Relay T-shirts for team members.

During the 12 hours of Relay on May 1 and 2, team contests will include dance, limbo and hula hoop.

Bill and Peggy Lanford request that luminaries to honor or memorialize people with cancer be turned in to them before 7 p.m. the night of Relay. Teams can turn in their forms now for the bags of lit candles that will line and illuminate the walkway at Relay.