Camden Relay for Life to host Kick-Off Cook-Off

Published Oct 1, 2017 at 9:00am

The Camden Area Relay For Life will celebrate its 16th annual event this year with a Kick-Off Cook-Off on Thursday, Oct. 12 at 6 p.m.

The community is invited to the Camden Wesleyan Church Fellowship Hall for an event that will remind us why we Relay.

The evening will begin with a contest pitting local fire departments, community groups and even a local Justice of the Peace against each other to find the best cook in the area.

Attendees can taste test the dishes brought in by the area chefs and vote for the one who they think is the best.

By the end of the evening someone will be crowned the “Sweet 16 Kick-Off Cook-Off Champ,” according to the announcement by event organizers.

This year’s Relay Committee will present information on how to register, survivor activities, fundraising, how to become a sponsor, the mission of Relay For Life, and there will even be some Relay merchandise for sale.

Nancy Best, who was the first chairman of the Camden Area Relay For Life, will be on hand to share why she has been involved with this event for over 20 years.

“In May of 1985 there were two events that changed my life forever,” Best said. “My mother died of a brain tumor and Dr. Gorden Klatt started the first Relay For Life.”

As soon as Best found out about the Relay she became a part of it, and it a part of her.

“Thanks to Bob Elinskas, who introduced me to Relay, I found a way to fight back,” Best said.

Get out your poodle skirt and saddle shoes or just come and enjoy the event with your friends and neighbors. Taste some good food, listen to some old classics, and take up the fight against cancer. For more information, call 315-239-4474.

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