Auction benefits Relay for Life

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Anthony Hagans looks at an ‘I Can Fix It’ tool set at the silent auction Saturday at the Relay For Life Auction at the Farmers' Market.


Staff Writer

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Good deals for a good cause could be found on Saturday at the Relay for Life Charity Auction.

Fishing poles, small appliances, portraits of Marilyn Monroe and London, a large Teddy Bear and just about everything else was auctioned off with the money going towards the fight against cancer. The event was held at the Nash County Farmer's Market in Rocky Mount.

For folks who prefer silent auctions had a pick between a tool set, a giant mailbox, jewelry, a grill full of cookout supplies, a fishing trip and much more.

The items were donated by Relay team and those teams will receive credit for the items sold, said Dale Joyner, tri-chair of this year's Nash County Relay for Life.

Each year, the charity event raises around $8,000 to $10,000.

The fun is far from over for Relay participants: A motorcycle ride and soccer tournament are on tap as well as a Survivor's Dinner before the actual Relay on April 27 at the Rocky Mount Sports Complex.

Union Hill Baptist Church is set to hold its annual motorcycle ride on April 7. Registration is $10 per motorcycle. Team Ward is sponsoring a single-elimination soccer tournament March 31 at Ennis Park in Red Oak. Several other team fundraisers are planned leading up to the main event.

The Survivor's Dinner is scheduled for April 9 in Brown Auditorium on the campus of Nash Community College. Around 300 to 400 survivors are expected.

“Anyone diagnosed with cancer is a survivor,” Joyner said. “The dinner is the highlight of what we do. This is one of the best Relay events in Eastern North Carolina.”

Pam Sutton is in charge of the dinner again this year. She said any survivor interested in attending the dinner should call her at 252-459-0001 and she'll set them up to get registered. Each survivor is allowed to bring one caregiver.

As far as the Farmer's Market, it will feature a free Bluegrass concert on March 24 and the seasonal grand opening on April 7, said Market Manager Jimmy Winters.

“We have a limited amount of seats so I encourage people to bring a lawn chair to the concert,” Winters said.