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Austintown Relay for Life gets spring fever

April 26, 2018
J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

Austintown"s Relay for Life Committee normally has plans underway for the annual Relay for Life event, but this year they are off and running early with a new fundraiser. On Friday April 27, the committee will be hosting Purse Bingo at the Maronite Center, 1555 South Meridian Road. The event will begin promptly at 7 p.m. Doors will open at 6 p.m.

"This is the first committee-hosted fundraiser," said event lead Melissa Kuttler. "Individual teams have hosted their own fundraisers such as sip and paints, dine to donates, etc. This is the first year for us to try Purse Bingo as a fundraiser and we are excited."

Tickets for the event are $30 at the door and will include 11 rounds of Bingo with one card per round. The event will also feature door prizes that include a variety of power tools and tons of other prizes.

Anyone purchasing a ticket can request 50 percent of the funds be credited to one of the many Austintown Relay for Life Teams, or it can simply be fully credited to the Austintown Relay overall total

"This year's Relay For Life Event goal is $78,000" Kuttler said. "Last year the event raised $77,809."

For tickets go to (indicate in notes any team affiliation) or see a Relay Team member. The event will include a 50/50 drawing, a cash bar, and pizza available for purchase. Those attending can feel free to bring snacks.

"This is my first year serving on the committee in the capacity I am in, but have volunteered with a Relay For Life for a long time," Kuttler said. "The entire committee is made up of 'new to their positions' volunteers. I am so proud of the hard work and dedication of these amazing people."

This year's Austintown Relay will take place on Saturday June 2, at 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. at the Austintown Elementary School.

"We have chosen an '80s theme this year with the tag line 'Where our HOPE is as big as our HAIR,'" Kuttler said. "We have amazing things planned for the day including an '80s prom from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. with love entertainment from the local band Glitter Pig."



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