Relay For Life aided by the ‘The Bucket Colonel’

Posted 1/2/18

The Bradley County Relay for Life received a $2,000 donation from the oddest source — a Col. Harlan Sanders of Kentucky Fried Chicken lookalike.

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Relay For Life aided by the ‘The Bucket Colonel’



Staff Writer

Bradley County Relay For Life received a $2,000 donation from the oddest source — a lookalike of Col. Harlan Sanders of Kentucky Fried Chicken fame.

Randall Garrison, who is known as “The Bucket Colonel,” presented the donation to Chrissy Seals of Relay For Life just before Christmas. Garrison, from Polk County, gave the check for $2,000 to Seals for the 2018 Relay.

“I won a tractor at Prater’s Mill, and decided to sell it to the Peach State Antique Tractor and Engine Club, and then donate that money to the local Relay for Life,” Garrison said.

The Garrisons sold the tractor to Jim Seitz of Bradley County. Seitz is a member of the tractor club that provides funds to charities and for scholarships each year.

“The Bucket Colonel” and his wife were at the Prater’s Mill event where he won the tractor. They were both also at the 2017 Relay For Life in Cleveland, where they walked through the crowd having those present place donations in a chicken bucket.

“The Relay does so much for those dealing with cancer that we wanted to help them as much as we could,” Garrison said. “It was nice receiving the donations during the Relay, but to have this money to add to it was extra special.”

Seals was all smiles as she received the check from “the Bucket Colonel” and his wife. She was also very pleased that Seitz purchased the tractor from the Garrisons.

“It was a surprise to have the colonel and his wife, Joyce, donate the money to our Relay For Life,” she said. “And I expect they will come to the Relay this year and help us bring in donations again.”

The 2018 Relay, which is celebrating the 25th anniversary this year, is scheduled for May 19 at Cleveland High School’s track. The event will have a kickoff on Jan. 9 at 5:30 p.m., at the Cleveland Family YMCA.

In celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Relay in Bradley County, organizers wanted to connect this year’s theme with the special anniversary.

Since silver signifies 25 years, the group wanted the 2018 event to use that precious metal in the theme. They also wanted the theme to be usable by Relay teams for booths and costumes.

It seemed the idea of honoring the “silver screen” fit all of those criteria. Thus, the theme “Lights, Camera, Action” became “Lights, Camera, Cure” for the coming Relay For Life.

Team captains are asked to attend the kickoff, as well as team members. Organizations hoping to put together a team are also invited.


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