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Relay For Life of Ennis sets April event

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Ennis will be at the Texas Motorplex again in 2010, with a date set for April 30, and the community is gathering steam for the annual event.
Six teams are already registered on the Relay For Life’s official Web site, and are adding members now.

More teams are forming in the community and looking for participants in the months and weeks leading up to the annual event to raise funds and fight against the spread of cancer.

This year’s theme has also been set — “The Official Sponsor of Birthdays,” based on the premise that every lap made by a Relay participant brings the world closer to a day when there are more birthdays and less premature deaths related to cancer.

Organization is somewhat on hold for the holiday season, but some community outlets are still gathering fuel for their individual teams. Ennis State Bank, for example, is hosting a Tree of Life in the lobby of the bank, used as a method to raise funds for the American Cancer Society through the end of the year. Ornaments can be placed on the tree in memory of loved ones or to honor those who have survived their fight with the disease, but there is no limitation that specifies cancer as a requirement — anybody’s name can be on the tree.

The Relay For Life of Ennis is in need of several volunteers to help fill committee positions moving forward toward the April 30, 2010 Relay date.

Open positions include Advocacy Chair, Mission Delivery Chair, Teams Development and Retention Chair, Publicity Chair, Hospitality Co-chair and Registration Co-chair.

Job descriptions:

Team Development
The team development chair is responsible for recruiting new teams to participate in the event and retain veteran teams. The team development committee works with team captains to ensure that they know what their team is supposed to do before, during and after the event. Organizes team information and ensures that teams are informed of meetings, deadlines, etc.

Mission Delivery
The mission delivery chair is responsible for ensuring that Health Initiatives are present before during and after the event. Interactive activities as well as information on cancer prevention and detection should be available throughout the Relay Season.

The advocacy chair is responsible for recruiting grassroots volunteers and initiating efforts to promote advocacy initiatives before, during and after the event.

The ceremonies chair is responsible for all ceremonies (opening, closing and luminaria) during the Relay. This includes acquiring entertainment, speakers, etc., for the ceremony.

This position serves two major roles. The first is accounting – in other words, this chair is responsible for overseeing the tabulation of all monies and meeting all reporting deadlines. The second is registration – this means being responsible for overseeing the registration of participants including the payment of team commitment fees. This chair also collects incentive prize orders and delivers the prizes upon arrival.

The publicity chair is responsible for orchestrating all local publicity before, during and after the event. He/she distributes all news releases and ads, and works with the sponsorship chair to obtain in-kind media sponsorships. Chairs in metro areas should coordinate these efforts with the ACS communications staff. No contact should be made with TV stations in particular without the knowledge of the ACS communications and marketing specialist.

Working closely with ACS Staff partners and Relay Committee members, the Online Chair will be responsible for promoting online registration and fundraising to team captains and participants. Responsible for managing email campaigns, site customization, and reporting functions, and interacting with other committee members as needed to integrate online component into event fundraising structure.

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