Over the years, things have changed and this event is no exception.
According to Tammy Leatherwood, Relay for Life co-chair, “We (the Relay Committee) want this event to be fun and tastefully executed. We want to get back to the real reason we are all participating — to put an end to cancer. We have not only changed the name, but also the location; but the cause is still the same. We feel these changes are in the best interest of the cause.”
The “Boot Scootin’ Beauties — A Relay for Life event” will take place on April 20 at Grant Pirkle’s “Pappy’s Place” on Morgan Road in Charleston.
Tickets, which are $50 per person, can be purchased at Bender Realty at 425 25th St. Tables of 10 are available. All proceeds go to the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life of Bradley County and the event has been sold out every year.
“Boot Scootin’ Beauties” will begin at 7 p.m. with a barbecue buffet. Performing from 7 to 8 p.m. will be Zach Dylan and The Country Music Outlaws.
Dylan has recently signed a record deal in Nashville, with 1010 Records.
At 8 p.m., the “Beauty Pageant” will begin.
For the past couple of years, male volunteers participated in a runway show by modeling themed bras.
This year, to be in tune with the theme for the Relay for Life (Holidays for Hope), the men will model bras decorated for specific holidays.
Several changes for this event have been made. All participants will be asked to complete a profile application, raise a minimum of $500 and abide by the rules set forth for them, noted Leatherwood.
All participants will be asked to respect the nature of the event and not be intoxicated or unruly. If they choose not to abide by these rules, they will not be allowed to participate and will be asked to leave. They will also be asked to participate in honor or memory of someone who has fought or is fighting cancer or someone who has lost their batter with cancer.
They will be asked to state, in writing, why they are participating in this event.
There will be a prize awarded to the participant who raises the most money. The event is limited to a maximum of 15. The top 12 money raisers will appear in a 2013 “Boot Scootin’ Beauties for a Cure” calendar.
At 9 p.m., local favorites The Collins Brothers Band will take the stage.
Joe and Cory Collins have been on board since day one and their commitment to the cause has enabled thousands of dollars to be raised at this event, Leatherwood said.
“We are looking forward to great things with the changes we have instituted,” said Leatherwood.
For more information about “Boot Scootin’ Beauties” or to reserve tickets, call Leatherwood at 423-303-6950.