Relay’s 80s bash a hit, raises thousands

Published 7:00 am Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Saturday night more than 100 people attended Relay for Life’s 80s-themed prom night, held at Sun Roamer’s RV Park.

The event was a chance for men and women to dress in bright prom dresses and flashy suits capped with eccentric hair styles and re-live classic 80s tunes on the dance floor.

Relay for Life of Pearl River County Assistant Coordinator Tana Cochran said it was the first year Relay for Life of PRC held an adult prom. She said they wanted to do something unique to get the community involved in the fundraiser. When the idea for an 80’s-themed prom popped up, coordinators jumped at the chance to put the event into action.

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“I think it was a huge success,” Cochran said.

She said the event gave attendees a chance to raise money for cancer research while dressing up and having fun at the same time.

She said it was such a success plans are already in the works to host the event again next year.

“I think it’s going to grow and get bigger and bigger,” she said.

Coordinator Lisa Lee said DJ services were provided by the husband and wife duo – Cooperhill Entertainment, who provide free entertainment at all local Relay for Life events. 

Lee said between 110 and 125 people attended the event.

“I think it exceeded our expectations. Everyone had a wonderful time,” Lee said.

About $3,500 was raised during the event. Lee said all of the proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge being built in Jackson, Miss.

The Hope Lodge is a place where cancer patients can stay free of charge while undergoing treatment, Lee said.

“Not having to worry about where to stay or how to pay for lodging allows guests to focus on getting better.

Hope Lodge provides a nurturing, home-like environment where guests can retreat to private rooms or connect with others,” the American Cancer Society’s website states.

While there are more than 30 across the United States, this lodge will be the first in Mississippi.

Cochran said the lodge should be completed by early 2019.

“We’re keeping the money in Mississippi where it belongs,” Cochran said.