Woodburn Relay 'Hunt for the Cure' gears up with sponsors
Over 60 local businesses have signed up so far to sponsor the Woodburn Relay for Life Scavenger "Hunt for the Cure" scheduled for June 30.
Although the local Relay event has raised over $1.1 million in 17 years, this year the committee has opted to instead stage an all-day scavenger hunt to locations in the Woodburn area.
"Our sponsors will be the primary destinations for the scavenger hunt," co-chair Rhonda Judson said, "so in addition to supporting a worthy cause they will be marketing their business to scores of potential customers visiting their location." To gain points the scavenger hunt participants will take a picture at the business, and post them on Instagram and Facebook, providing additional social media coverage for the sponsors. Bill Szabo of Bill's Bits-n-Bytes Computer Repair, who is once again the sponsor chair, said he has received a warm reception when explaining the new advantages of sponsorship.
"Legacy Health is providing their facility both for our monthly meetings and the all day and evening location for activities," said Judson, "and Do It Best Corp will be our largest overall contributor after their annual Parking Lot Sale on June 2."
Local area restaurants are providing a sample of their excellent cuisine at the "Taste of Relay" from 5 to 7 p.m. the day of the hunt. Sponsors of this portion so far are Chu's Eatery, Don Pan Bakery, El Agave Grill, Loco Ono, Orchard's Grill at OGA Golf Course, Panera Bread and Sin-able Sweets. Beginning at 7 p.m., the event will honor cancer survivors and caregivers, distribute awards to participants, host a speaker, conduct the honorary "first lap" for survivors, and conclude with the moving luminaria ceremony around 8:30 p.m.
Other sponsors to date are: Legacy Health/Woodburn Health Center, Do It Best Corp, City of Woodburn, Sheba Dawn Productions, Woodburn Independent, Abby's Legendary Pizza Inn, Bill's Bits-n-Bytes Computer Repair, Easy Storage, Hematology Oncology of Salem, Marion Ag Service, Chemeketa Community College, GEM Equipment, Hallmark Properties, Hillyer's Mid-City Ford, Loco Ono, Republic Services, TJMaxx, Wilbur-Ellis Company Woodburn, Woodburn Pediatric Clinic, Woodburn Masonic Lodge, American Legion Post #149, Ani's Party Supply, Cascade Park Retirement Community, Cave Audio, Country Cottage Restaurant, Country Meadows Village, French Prairie Nursing and Rehab, G.W. Hardware, Heartwood Place Memory Care, Las Palmas, Maps Credit Union, Mendenhall Insurance, Specialty Polymers, State Farm Insurance Justin Stearns, Sunrise Food Mart & Deli, W.H. Realty, Wallace Video, Papa Murphy's Pizza, Webb Chiropractic Clinic, Woodburn Automotive Repair Center, Woodburn Fire District, Woodburn Kiwanis Club, Woodburn Liquor Store, Woodburn Radiator and Glass, Woodburn United Methodist Church, Yes Graphics, Barkley's Buy Sell Pawn, Coco's Coffee House, DataVision Communications, Flomer Furniture and Appliance, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Luis's Taqueria, Mid-Valley Family Dental, Northwood Health Center, Purdy's Car Wash, Woodburn Carcraft and Woodburn Restore.