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Get ready to Relay; first Team Captain meeting March 13

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The Racing for Ta-Ta's Team is shown here during the opening of the 2013 Relay for Life in Tehachapi. The public is invited to attend a social hour to kickoff the first Team Captain meeting for the 11th Annual Tehachapi Relay For Life, Thursday, March 13, at 5 p.m., at Carden School, in the auditorium. Photo courtesy of Duana Pera

The 11th Annual Tehachapi Relay for Life will kick off this year with it's first Team Captain meeting Thursday, March 13, at Carden School, 20419 Brian Way, in the auditorium.

According to Event Co-Chair Duana Pera, last year's Relay For Life broke many records.

"We had 70 teams, 815 participants and raised $194,000," said Pera. "The most exciting part is Tehachapi was the 20th Top Relay for 2013 in California!"

Nationwide, Kern County placed first in both the Per Capita Award and the Power of Hope Award in the 2013 event. Overall, Relay For Life raises nearly $500 million dollars each year, making it the largest fundraising event in the world.

"Today, two out of three cancer patients survive," said Pera. "This is the result of research, and research is the result of fundraising efforts such as Relay for Life. Our committee is already planning, teams are already signing up and we are excited to see what we can do this year in the quest for a cure."

The meeting will begin with a social hour from 5 to 6 p.m., and the public is invited to attend. At 6 p.m., the Team Captain meeting will begin, where captains are invited to exchange ideas, and receive information and forms.

"We hope to see you out at the track again," said Pera. "Join the Tehachapi Relay for Life and help us finish the fight." Her 2014 Co-Chair is Lynda Frerichs.

For more information, call Frerichs at 823-7525, or join the upcoming event by visiting the Relay for Life website at relayforlife.org/tehachapica.

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