City, county ‘officially purple’



Blount County Relay for Life Committee members display proclamation from Blount County Commission and City of Oneonta declaring April “paint the county and city purple” month. Shown (from left) are Lisa Haugen, Pennie Bickerstaff, Greg W. Jones, Brenda Trujillo, and Martha McAnnally.

Blount County Relay for Life Committee members display proclamation from Blount County Commission and City of Oneonta declaring April “paint the county and city purple” month. Shown (from left) are Lisa Haugen, Pennie Bickerstaff, Greg W. Jones, Brenda Trujillo, and Martha McAnnally.


In support of the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, Oneonta City Council and Blount County Commission have adopted proclamations declaring April “paint the city and county purple” month. Other towns are expected to follow suit. Businesses and residents are encouraged to display purple ribbons for the month.

The Blount County Relay for Life will be held Friday, April 23, at the Oneonta Recreation Park. Twenty-one teams are having fundraisers and solicitations to reach a goal of $96,980.

A banquet for cancer survivors will begin at The Oneonta Depot here at 5:30 p.m. Guest speaker will be Danielle Maurer, a recent Auburn University graduate, who is one of the Heroes for Hope speakers in the state. As a cancer survivor, she has an inspiring story to share.

The relay will begin at 7 p.m. with survivors lined up to tell their names and the length of time they have been survivors. They will be given medallions and purple balloons and then will begin the survivors’ first lap around the track.

Business sponsors may have their company names on posters near the stage for $100 each. Political candidates who wish to do this may have only their names, not campaign information. They are also welcome to visit the event but not to distribute literature.

A softball tournament, games, music, and other entertainment are planned. The event will end officially this year at midnight.

The luminaria goal is $1000, and a luminaria may be purchased before or at the event in memory of or in honor of someone with cancer, at a cost of $5 each. The lighting ceremony will be at 9:30 p.m.

For additional information, phone Pennie Bickerstaff, event chairperson, at 205-274-8588.