PLATTSBURGH - It may be fun painting the town red, but Joan Sterling and Bonnie Berry are among many people who find painting it purple even better.
The two are among supporters of the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life - an annual event slated for this June - who will be participating in "May Day for Relay" this Saturday, May 1. The day is set aside each year for the community to show solidarity in fighting cancer and promoting cancer awareness.
"We're trying to get all of Clinton County to go purple, which is the color we use for Relay for Life to symbolize all cancers," explained Sterling, who also serves as community executive for the American Cancer Society. "We want people to wear purple clothes, put out a purple ribbon, a balloon - any sign of purple at all to support Relay."
With this being the fifth year to get the local community to "go purple," Sterling and Berry said they are hoping to see more splashes of the color throughout the North Country than ever.
"I think, as a cancer survivor, to see the whole community behind you is so inspiring," said Berry, who is a 15-year breast cancer survivor. "That helps us in the mission of Relay for Life, which is 'Celebrate. Remember. Fight Back.'"
However, this Saturday isn't only for plans for purple to permeate every community.
As first reported in last week's edition, "Circle of Hope," one of the many teams slated to participate in this year's Relay for Life, will raise money by hosting a car wash and bake sale at Garvey Hyundai on Tom Miller Road from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Henry's Pools and Spas on Big Hank Plaza Road will also welcome Eagle Country 97.5 and members of the Morrisonville Rescue Squad, who will be serving a lunch to benefit Relay for Life from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Even the Northern Tier is getting in on the act, with another car wash to be held at PowerTex in the village of Rouses Point from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. There a bake sale and yard sale will also be held.
"We're going from one end of the county to the other," Sterling laughed.
The signature event that day, however, will be Bid for the Cure, said Sterling. The Westside Ballroom on New York Road will host a silent and live auction paired with light hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar. The evening will also include a brief overview of the upcoming main Relay for Life event and even include entertainment by The Boobie Sisters, a well-known comedy and music group composed of local breast cancer survivors.
"It's going to be a great event," said Sterling.
"And, it'll be a great place to shop early for a Mother's Day gift - and for Father's Day, too," said Berry.
Bid for the Cure will start with the silent auction at 5 p.m., followed by the live auction at 6 p.m., featuring local politicians assisting the auctioneer.
The cost for admission for Bid for the Cure will be $20 in advance or $25 at the door.
For more information about any of this Saturday's Relay for Life events or this June's main Relay for Life event, contact event chair Mark Brown at 314-1404 or co-chair Julie Stalker at 578-6010.