Team Registration Opens for College’s First-Ever Relay for Life

by Aly Murray and Alana Mauger

Team and participant registration is officially open for Montgomery County Community College’s first-ever American Cancer Society Relay for Life event. The 12-hour Relay will take place from 6 p.m. on Friday, April 29 to 7 a.m. on Saturday, April 30 at the College’s Central Campus.

The College’s Relay for Life is open to current and prospective students, faculty, staff, alumni, retirees, families, friends and community supporters. Teams and participants can register at  The cost to register is $10.

The College’s goal is to engage 750 participants and to raise $15,000, with all proceeds benefiting the Montgomery County chapter of the American Cancer Society.

“It’s important to us that our Relay is a community-based event,” said event co-chair Joshua Schwartz, Student Government Association (SGA) vice president at the Central Campus. “That’s why every dollar raised will benefit our local ACS chapter.”

Luminaries are also on sale online at the event registration website. The cost is $10 per luminary, and each can be designated in a loved one’s honor or memory. Cancer patients and survivors can also register online to participate in the “Survivor Lap” during the Relay.

Corporate and individual sponsorship opportunities are available at a variety of levels, starting at $250 through an event-sponsor level of $5,000. The sponsorship deadline is March 29, 2011. For sponsorship information, please email

The College’s Relay for Life is being organized by a team of student leaders and is co-chaired by Schwartz along with West Campus SGA president Grace Pusey. The Student Government Association and Phi Theta Kappa at both Central and West campuses are sponsoring the event.

“Each committee is being spearheaded by a student and a faculty or staff member,” said Schwartz. “This was done intentionally with the hope that, through planning the Relay, the students and staff will form mentoring relationships.”

To promote registration on campus and to educate the College community about the Relay for Life, student leaders are “painting the campus purple” through Feb. 4. The College’s International Club is sponsoring the initiative.

For more information about any aspect of the College’s Relay for Life event, visit or email


Aly Murray is a Liberal Studies major at Montgomery County Community College. She is the chairperson of the Relay for Life Communications sub-committee.

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