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Carson-Douglas Relay for Life takes place Saturday

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For the first time Carson City and Douglas County are teaming up as one to participate in this year's Relay for Life event Saturday at Mills Park.

Since February, $31,502 has been raised and at least 150 people and 34 teams are registered to participate.

The main goal is to raise $55,000 before the event. Event Coordinator Mary Bowers believes participants will reach their goal.

"Community involvement has been amazing," Bowers said. "We want to pull all communities together for these events and unite a different aspect of people."

Bowers said the county co-op team held an event Sunday, made possible by the Legislature, at Eagle Valley Golf Course. Bowers said the Legislature chose to help fundraise for Relay, and $4,200 was raised at the golf tournament.

Saturday's event kicks off with Bowers and Mayor Bob Crowell as keynote speakers. Crowell will lead the Survivor-Caregiver Lap with purple ribbons, followed by team laps.

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Bowers said activities and themed laps will proceed all day, including a Polka Walk and Open Walk. A balloon release involving survivors begins at 3:45 p.m.

The Salvation Army will be serving fresh soups, and profits from each purchase will be donated to Relay.

Although the date for Relay is coming up, Bowers said more community events to raise money are already in the works for summer.

The official annual golf tournament is scheduled for June 24 at Empire Ranch Golf course, with 18 holes for participants.

On July 8, Sheldon Racing and Fabrication is hosting a memorial car show in honor of those who have died from cancer.

On July 14 and 15, the co-op county team will host a Christmas in July craft fair. Sierra Lutheran High School will hold the event at its gym.

Bowers said the co-op team is still looking for local crafters to vend at the event.

"With Douglas being on board this year, we're trying to get multiple communities connected," she said. "The more that are involved, the more that will come out for Relay."

The 2017 Relay for Life is from 11 a.m.-11 p.m. To register for the event or contribute donations, visit relayforlife.org/carsoncitydouglasnv.