Downtown Watkinsville will transform into a sea of purple next month as Oconee County gears up for Relay for Life on March 22-23 at Oconee County High School.
Mayor Charles Ivie surrounded by Relay organizers on Friday issued a proclamation to "Paint the Town Purple."
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"We felt like we wanted to do our part," he said in an interview later that day. Ivie described himself as a veteran of the Relay, and said the cause is close to him because five of his family members have had cancer.
Tonya Wagner of the American Cancer Society says the goal is to raise awareness for the upcoming event by fastening purple bows to city light posts.
"We're building excitement, showing survivors we will rally around them," she said.
Residents and business owners can participate by picking up bows and signs from Elizabeth Ann Florist for donations of $10 and $25, respectively. The bows can be affixed to mailboxes, she said, and the signs are perfect for yards or windows. The items will be available starting on Feb. 26 up until the day of the Relay, and checks should be made to The American Cancer Society.
As a cancer survivor, owner of the shop Lynne Yarbrough says she's happy to help with the effort. She's also looking forward to walking the survivors' lap another year.
The theme for this year's Relay is "A Century of Saving Lives...Music to our Ears!" Visit www.RelayForLife.org/OconeeGA and www.facebook.com/pages/Relay-For-Life-of-Oconee-County to keep up with the latest Relay news.
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