The event is over; an online auction will take place from August 19 to 22
VANCOUVER – Volunteers for the American Cancer Society’s annual Relay for Life in Clark County have gathered for a “Parking Lot – Tailgate Event” at the Vancouver Mall on July 17th. The event has raised funds for cancer research and patient services for the American Cancer Society for 35 years in Clark County.
“The onset of the pandemic in 2020 threw us, and really all nonprofit events, for a big loop,” said event co-lead Libby Mongue-Wymore. “Everything has been put on hold and in a phase of limbo. We got together last year and have done our best with online and social distancing events, but the chance to be able to connect in person has been a great loss to our community of volunteers, caregivers and survivors.
A year later and some tweaking with state COVID guidelines allowed the event to come together with a new version of the “Tailgate party” of the community event held in the upper parking lot of the Vancouver Mall.
“We were delighted to partner with the Vancouver Mall,” said Lisa Houser, co-manager of the event. “The space was perfect for our party in the parking lot and the opportunity to get together and be able to see each other face to face for the first time in almost two years!”
The event kicked off by celebrating cancer survivors in the community with a Hope Car Parade. Survivors were greeted with cheers, cowbells and excitement as they paraded through the mall and back to the tailgate parking lot. Community businesses donated items to help assemble gift bags for cancer survivors, and the committee served a light lunch to more than 50 survivors after the parade.
The party continued after, with fundraising teams setting up spaces in the parking lot for fundraising, games and music streaming with help from KXRW. The Vancouver Mall hosted a photo scavenger hunt, Los Pepe’s hosted a cash back dinner, Utopia Salon donated haircuts for donation to wig programs, and Able Bodied Center of Therapeutics Massage released its trailer. massage, in addition to the activities organized by the fundraising teams.
Later in the evening, “Luminarias on the Lawn” took place. The white luminaria bags, each representing someone’s cancer story, were set up and displayed for people to walk through. “This was our first time trying a hatchback version of our event, we had no idea how it would go,” said Mandy Dunn, co-manager of the event. “We were overwhelmed with the number of luminaria bags, so much so that we had the volunteers go out and buy more tea lights, even eliminating the supply from the nearest store!”
The Clark County Relay For Life is not yet complete, an online auction will be held August 19-22 with an additional opportunity to raise funds for the American Cancer Society. Items sold at auction can be viewed and bid during this period at https://www.32auctions.com/2021HopefromHome
Thanks to everyone’s hard work, the event has currently raised over $ 54,000 for the American Cancer Society.
To support the Clark County American Cancer Society Relay For Life, donate at www.clarkcountyrelay.org and follow it on Facebook at www.facebook.com/clarkcowarelay.