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Relay For Life asking for community input

| June 10, 2016

COSHOCTON – Relay For Life organizers are asking for the help of all those who are involved with the event.

A survey has been created using Survey Monkey to gather thoughts on whether or not to move Relay For Life from the Coshocton County Fairgrounds or change the date of it so the event doesn’t have to be relocated.

“We are trying to get as many opinions as possible,” said Amber Mercer, one of the co-chairs from this year’s Relay For Life. “There was a scheduling conflict with the fairgrounds and we want to give people the option to switch location or weekends.”

Relay For Life could be moved to either Lake Park Campgrounds or the airport and still be held on its typical weekend in May in 2017 and 2018. The other possibility is to move the date of the fundraiser for the American Cancer Society to the first weekend in May, Mother’s Day weekend or the last weekend in June and still hold it at the fairgrounds.

People also are being asked if they would like to see Relay For Life run for 18 or 24 hours.

“In the past it’s been 24, but we as a committee decided to try 18 this year,” Mercer said. “It seems to rain every year and we are never able to do our closing ceremony. It also seems like we lose people around 3 and 5 p.m. because everyone wants to go home closer to noon. We thought if people hated it we will go back to the way it was and if they love it we will keep it.”

Anyone involved with Relay For Life is encouraged to come vote one time at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/26BYD2P by Monday, June 20.  Finally tallies from the survey will be taken at the Relay For Life wrap up meeting planned for 6 p.m. June 20 at RHDD.

“We will vote that night and make our decisions, but people are welcome to come ask questions and put their opinions in,” Mercer said. “I don’t want this to be a me thing. I want it to be a community decision.”

She will be lead chair for the 2017 and 2018 Relay For Lives and co-chairs are Pablo Neal, Stefani Bush and Melinda Courtright.

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I started my journalism career in 2002 with a daily newspaper chain. After various stops with them, I am happy to be back home! I graduated from Coshocton High School in 1998 and received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication in 2002 from Walsh University. I also earned several awards while working for daily papers, including being honored by Coshocton County’s veterans for the stories I wrote about them. I am honored and ready to once again shine a positive light on Coshocton County. I also am the proud mother of a little girl named Sophia!

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