HAZARD — Several local citizens found themselves locked in jail and pleading for someone to bail them out on Friday, even though they had not committed any crime. The jail was not real, or at least, not in terms of the actual criminal justice system. Instead, the jail served as a fundraiser for Relay for Life in Perry County.
Relay for Life supporters volunteered to stay locked up inside the mock-jail, which was located near the entrance to Walmart. Each prisoner had a bond set for release, and it was up to family members, friends or compassionate passersby to pledge money toward a prisoner’s bond, until finally the prisoner met the amount needed to be set free. While the inmates scrambled for bail money, Relay for Life team members worked tables beside the mock-jail, handing out information and selling various items to help the cause.
Friday’s fundraiser was one of many planned to support Relay for Life over the next few weeks in Perry County. On May 14, from 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., a craft fair, yard sale and car wash will be setup at Fugate Family Chiropractic, which is located at 100 Veterans Drive in Hazard, just past the Hazard Flea Market. Vendors and crafters are welcome to participate, as well as folks wanting to yard sale. The price is $25 for a table, with additional tables costing $10. All of the proceeds from the table fee go to Relay for Life. The number to reserve a table is 606-439-3399.
The Perry County Park will serve as the starting point for the First Annual Relay for Life Bike Ride on May 15. Registration is scheduled from 12:00 p.m. until 1:00 p.m. that day for motorcyclists, who want to participate, with the ride beginning immediately following registration. The entry fee is $20 per rider and $5 for every passenger. There will be games in the park, including corn hole, plus face painting. Food and drinks will also be sold. All of the money from the event is going to Relay for Life. This fundraiser is presented by Team Strength and Fallen Kings.
The Perry County Cancer Survivor Dinner is set for 6:00 p.m. on May 19 at Frontline Ministries. The dinner is sponsored by Pepsi and the ARH Cancer Center. Anyone planning to attend must RSVP by May 13. The number to call for more information is 606-233-1627.
Relay for Life in Perry County has grown significantly over the years thanks to devoted volunteers and a supportive community, with creative ideas. Events take place throughout the year to help Relay for Life. More information can be found by searching Relay for Life, Perry Co. Kentucky on Facebook.
Sam Neace can be reached at 606-629-3243 or on Twitter @HazardHerald.