Relay for Life carnival set for April 9

By Cheryl Taylor….
On Saturday, April 9, Evelyn Greer Park will be transformed into the beloved childhood game board Candyland. That’s right, Candyland! With all the color and excitement of the candies and characters we all grew up with.

Starting at noon and lasting until 8 the following morning, the community of Pinecrest will host Relay for Life to raise funds and awareness for the American Cancer Society. We will be joining forces to create a Carnival atmosphere including bounce houses, face painters, mega slides, hair extensions and more.

There will be all types of food, from hot dogs to pizza, hamburgers to sausage and a complimentary survivor dinner donated by Bargello’s Bistro at the Falls. Dessert for the survivors will be donated by Joanna’s Market. And the candy! M&Ms, Hershey’s Kisses, Nerds’ — you name it; not to mention ice cream and cotton candy for dessert.

Co-chairs Mayor Cindy Lerner and Debi Strochak, long-time advocate for all cancer causes have teamed up with a cross-section of the Village to put together this fun-filled event that will appeal to kids of all ages even the adult ones. The teams that have created the fair like atmosphere come from all walks of life with a similar goal, to help fight can-cer and support its victims. We are proud to say these participants are not only businesses and professionals, restaurants and government officials, but also from our five area schools, churches and synagogues.

Entertainment is also being provided from 11 a.m. Saturday until 6 a.m. Sunday morning. Various vocal and instrumental groups have donated their services to make this a spectacular event for everyone. The Mix, The Intrasigents and The Eclectics are just some of the bands slated for the evening. Some of the entertainment you can expect to hear and see will be presented by students from our local elementary, middle and high schools. They will grace us with their smooth dance moves and beautiful voices: Jazz, modern, hip hop and much more.

The opening ceremony honor guard will be in the capable hands of Boy Scout Troop 457. There will be a survivor lap and a beautiful Luminaria ceremony. At 9 p.m., everything will stop. The band will stop playing and the lights will be turned down and we will celebrate life with the survivors and remember those that lost their battle with cancer. This ceremony of hundreds of lit candles will recognize those that have been honored and remembered in an emotional and inspiring ceremony. St. Andrews Piper Band, while playing Amazing Grace, will lead the way for a walk with all who wish to show their support. The music will rev back up and continue until we have to shut it down.

On a softer note from 11 p.m. on, the Survivor tent will be transformed into an Old Flick style coffee house with entertainment, coffee provided by Starbucks and cupcakes from Mischa’s. Jenny and friends will provide entertainment consisting of acoustic cover artists, a contortionist, a dancer and a comedian.

This is a free event. Teams will have food and fun for sale showcasing the past six months of hard work. We have raised over $40,000 with the help of the teams and area sponsors such as Gus Machado Ford Kendall, Upscale Furniture Consignment Gallery-The Falls, Baptist Health South Florida, Vitas,, CBS4 print publications, S. Miami Psychology Group, Andrea L. Loeb, PsyD and Innerspace Custom Storage Solutions.

Concerned about parking? Not to worry. Park your car at Palmetto Senior High School and we will have trolleys to transport you and your family back and forth-no charge. See you there!

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