Populace prepares to paint town purple

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Idea promotes Relay for Life cancer research benefit

By Amber Coulter

The third year of Paint the Town Purple will allow more room for creativity, organizers said.

The event invites businesses, organizations and individuals to decorate area buildings and streets with purple bows, fabric, lights and any other material available to show support for Relay for Life.

This year’s event takes place May 6-10, leading to Elizabethtown’s Relay event May 10 at Central Hardin High School.

Relay co-chairwoman Carla D’Alessio said the event drew as much participation in its second year as it did during its debut, and organizers hope even more people and organizations are involved this year.

The idea behind the event is to bring awareness all week to Relay and the fight against cancer, she said.

“Relay is a community event, and this is a way for us to involve the community,” she said.

D’Alessio hopes seeing purple will make local residents think about people they know who have fought cancer and ways they might volunteer to help, such as by participating in a new Hardin Memorial Hospital program giving rides to and from the hospital to patients receiving treatment for cancer.

“We want them to realize that it’s a disease that touches everybody, and that together we can find a cure,” she said.

Judging of the best decorated business or businesses is scheduled for May 9, and the winner is expected to be announced during Relay for Life.

The winner receives a traveling trophy and bragging rights.

To notify organizers of participation and to be considered for judging, contact Brandi Lark at (270) 272-2050 or brandilark87@yahoo.com. Judging forms should be submitted by next Tuesday. There is no registration fee.

This year’s theme for Relay and Paint the Town Purple is “Dreaming Big, Relaying Big and Hoping Big.”

D’Alessio said the theme is less specific than some in the past, which might lead to more creativity from participants.

“It really opens the door for interpretation,” she said. “With a big theme, they can interpret it so many different ways, and that’s the exciting part, allowing them to be creative.”

Getting participants to think hard about how they view the theme likely will lead to a fresh look in decorating for Paint the Town Purple, D’Alessio said.

“It’s all in what they want to do, and it will allow them to really think outside the box,” she said.

Amber Coulter can be reached at (270) 505-1746 or acoulter@thenewsenterprise.com.