Relay For Life of Catawba Valley Set

HICKORY, NC (May 15, 2019) — The American Cancer Society Relay for Life movement is the world’s largest fundraising event to fight every cancer in every community. Rallying the passion of 4 million people worldwide, Relay for Life events raise critical funds that help fuel the mission of the American Cancer Society, an organization that touches so many lives-those who are currently battling cancer, those who may face a diagnosis in the future and those who may avoid a diagnosis altogether thanks to education, prevention, and early detection.

While our event takes place over two days, teams raise funds all season long to help those in our community touched with Cancer. Our volunteers provide ride to those who need treatment, wigs and make up for women who have gone through chemotherapy and a mastectomy, free hotel rooms to those whose best care is not in their hometown, a 1-800# that is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to assist with questions about diagnosis, treatment, insurance and more.

Relay For Life of Catawba Valley (Caldwell and Catawba Counties)

May 31st – June 1st, 2019

6pm – 6am

American Legion Fairgrounds Newton, NC

Event is free but bring money for food, people will be selling things at their booths, #Gold Together Kid Zone, Silent Auction

Relay For Life is a truly unique fund raising event. During the Relay, a community party atmosphere is created through team members camping out, enjoying entertainment, food, games, and camaraderie. Highlights of the event are the Survivors’ Walk, one lap around the track by survivors who are winning the fight, and the Luminaria Ceremony to remember those who lost their battle with cancer, to honor cancer survivors or to pay tribute to someone who has been of special inspiration.

We will also have a HUGE #Gold Together Kid Zone with inflatables, games, putt putt, movies, and more! We ask that a $5 contribution be made to participate. All funds raised through the Gold Together Kid Zone will go to support childhood cancer research, support services and awareness, as well as, cancer prevention efforts targeting children. The Kid Zone will run from 6pm-midnight.

Our silent auction will be back this year with many great items up for grabs. Trips, activities, jewelry, furniture, and so much more! Carolina Panthers autographed football, 2-night stay at Chetola Resort, Dollywood tickets, golf packages locally and out of state, Appalachian State football tickets, NC State football tickets, Merlefest, High Gravity Adventures, to name a few. The silent auction will run from 6pm-10pm. Winners will be announced at 10:30pm.

We have 3 nationally known bands performing at our event. The Cockman Family. at 7pm, The King Bees at 9:30pm and The Moore Brothers at midnight.

The Cockman Family has developed a distinct bluegrass gospel style that has gained audiences throughout the Southeast. Their arrangements of old gospel songs have been very popular. Their tight harmonies and original songs have been applauded for their unique sounds. The Cockman Family has recorded multiple records. Eleven of their songs have been released as singles to bluegrass and gospel radio stations. Their newest album, Dedicated, was released in 2011 and features original songs as well as favorite hymns. They have been nominated for Bluegrass Artists of the Year, Instrumentalist of the Year, and Bluegrass Band of the Year by the Country Gospel Music Association (CGMA) and for Gold Cross Bluegrass Group of the Year by the International Country Gospel Music Association, and were named one of the “12 Most Creative Families in America” by American Greeting Cards and USA Today Weekend.

The King Bees, Rob “Hound Dog” Baskerville and Penny “Queen Bee” Zamagni call the mountains of North Carolina home, but travel the world with their Blues and American Roots music. The King Bees have performed on festival stages in European capitals including Paris, Rome, Amsterdam, Stockholm, and London and have taken their internationally acclaimed show across numerous countries. Their love of American Roots music has carried them to shows in Mississippi jukes joints as well as to several performances at Lincoln Center. The King Bees have toured and recorded with Carey Bell, Jerry McCain, Nappy Brown and many other lions and legends.  They collaborated with Rock n’ Roll Hall-of-Fame member Bo Diddley and were featured on The B.B. King Birthday Tour. The King Bees have shared the bill with Dr. John, Buddy Guy, James Brown, Leon Russell and a host of other legends. Known for their professionalism, and exuberant, soulful performances, the King Bees take the stage and touch hearts and mightily move spirits.

Soulful and improvisational with music that lures you in describe the Moore Brothers.  This prodigious group with its indie pop rock sound has been creating a buzz ever since it won NC State Band of the Year in 2017. The sharply crafted beats and grooves drive the audience to dance to the inventive blend of musicianship, creativity and modern vibes. Their musical journey has taken them to perform at MusikFest, MerleFest, Eastern Illinois University, Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation, Musicians Against Childhood Cancer, Dollywood, Martin Guitar Showcase at CMA Fest, The Summer NAMM Show, Nashville Guitar Fest, OBX Festival, Station Inn, Biltmore House, WOB Street Fest, Dorton Arena, ETSU Freedom Arena and many Music in the Schools programs in Illinois, Virginia and Mississippi. They have also opened for Charlie Daniels, played an event with Dale Earnhardt, Jr., IBMA ramble showcase and a multitude of shows across the East Coast.  They were featured in a Pam Tillis video and performed at a CMA awards night after party with Collin Ray and John Berry.  In March 2018, they were featured guest on – Home Grown Music on PBS.  In April 2019, The Moore Brothers will be filmed as part of the NC Year of Music show to be released on PBS.

By supporting the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life, you help the American Cancer Society save lives, and that helps us move closer to our ultimate goal of a world with less cancer and more birthdays.

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Press Release courtesy of Ben Swann