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The event was born out of humble beginnings.

A storm blew across the North Fork overnight during the inaugural Relay For Life, sending participants scrambling for cover. Rain poured. Wind blew. And halfway through, the event was over. READ

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Cheerleaders from the North Fork Dance Academy helped pump up the crowd.

Cheerleaders from the North Fork Dance Academy helped pump up the crowd.

Purple ribbons and balloons lined Main Road Saturday, leading the way to Mitchell Park in Greenport where the annual Relay for Life fundraiser was hosted for the first time.

Participants from as far as Coram and Stony Brook came out for the event, which started at noon and continues to midnight. Survivors wearing white sashes walked the park with supporters, many sporting creative T-shirts.


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KATHARINE SCHROEDER FILE PHOTO | The Southold Relay for Life, benefitting the American Cancer Society, is moving to move from Peconic to Greenport.

Organizers of the local Relay for Life event are hoping to give a fresh feel to the fundraiser by changing its location to Mitchell Park in Greenport.

Melina Angelson, who helps run the annual event to raise money for the American Cancer Society, requested permission from the Greenport village Board last month to move the event from Jean Cochran Park in Peconic.

She believes moving the event to a waterfront location would encourage more people to participate in the relay, adding that other chapters of the organization had a greater turnout when staging the event in similar locations.

“By moving the event to Greenport, right in the middle of the village, the weekend after Memorial Day, hopefully we’ll get the whole town to participate,” Ms. Angelson said.

In addition to moving to Mitchell Park, Ms. Angelson is proposing to use other village properties, including the Polo Grounds to accommodate all the participants. The hours of the event would be changed as well. Instead of being an overnight gathering, the relay would start at noon on Saturday May 31 and end at midnight.

The event would still feature Relay for Life staples, including a meal for survivors and a survivor lap, a candlelight walk at dusk and the lighting luminaries with the names of loved ones who have died from or are battling cancer

For the past eight years, Southold Relay for Life has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for cancer research. Ms. Angelson estimates that next relay event will put the chapter over the $1 million mark in funds raised.

On Monday, Village Board members set a resolution to reserve Mitchell Park for Relay for Life of May 31 and are expected to vote on the matter during its regular session next week.

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KATHARINE SCHROEDER PHOTO | The Southold Relay for Life, benefitting the American Cancer Society, was held in Peconic Saturday.

KATHARINE SCHROEDER PHOTO | The Southold Relay for Life, benefitting the American Cancer Society, was held in Peconic Saturday.

Southold’s Eighth Annual Relay For Life, benefitting the American Cancer Society, was held Saturday night at Jean Cochran Park in Peconic. Here are some photo highlights of this year’s event:

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FILE PHOTO | This year’s Relay For Life will start Saturday night at Cochran Park.

More than $50,000 has already been raised for this year’s Relay For Life that begins Saturday night at Jean Cochran Park in Peconic.

The eighth annual American Cancer Society Benefit begins with an opening ceremony at 6:30 p.m. The Luminaria Ceremony is at 9:30 p.m. Donors can choose to dedicate a personal luminaria in honor, memory or support of a loved one. Or donation dollars can be assigned to a team or participant to help them reach their goal.

The event will feature live music along with Henna tattoos, chair massages, a bake sale and face painting.

Check-in begins at 4 p.m.

For more information on the event, click here.

Check out photos from last year’s Relay for Life here.

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GIANNA VOLPE PHOTO | Justin and Allison Zinn are dressed to impress at this year's Hollywood-themed Relay for Life event.

At least 40 teams and hundreds of participants gathered at Jean Cochran Park on Peconic Lane in Peconic Saturday night for the seventh annual Relay for Life, an evening of events and a night-long walk to raise funds through sponsorships in honor of those who have fought and continue to fight cancer.

Participants were invited to dress up as movie stars for a “Gone Hollywood” theme for this year’s event.

Cancer survivor Steve Helinski shared his story during the opening ceremonies before the survivor’s lap, in which those who are fighting cancer or have won their battle against the disease circled the track to acknowledge their struggle and honor the other participants.

The caregivers lap followed with a coffee hour for the caregivers  at 8 p.m.

The event included carnival-style games, musical performances by The Days Beneath Us and Points East, zumba classes and. at 9:30 p.m., a luminaria service to remember those who lost their battle against the disease.

That portion of the event was to begin with bagpiper Tim Kelly leading the walkers on a lap around the park’s track, which was left dark except for the candle-lit luminarias, each recognizing a cancer victim.

At midnight, Relay for Life was to become a closed event for those who had pre-registered. They were to continue to walk through the night until breakfast.

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