With just a few days to go before the first steps of the Hope Walk of Yates County are taken, the new-found effort is already within $2,000 of its fund raising goal of $20,000.

For several years, a local Relay for Life raised funds for the American Cancer Society, and volunteers were poised to organize another successful Yates County event this spring—until they learned the American Cancer Society wanted to merge the Yates County event with one in Ontario County. Proceeds from that event benefitted the American Cancer Society in general, but this local event, set for noon to midnight Saturday, Aug. 27, will raise funds to directly support Yates County residents only, say organizers.

Set for the fields behind the Yates Recreational & Resource Center, activities will be based around a continual walk around the 1/5 mile pathway around the fields, where 22 teams will work to raise funds and have fun.

The event will include raffles, gift baskets, games of chance, music by three bands—Murphy’s Law, No Name Band, and The Seasons, and a dunking booth with county judge candidates Jason Cook and Matt Conlon as the dunkees.

Four large gifts will be given away as part of the Lucky Key Game. Players will choose from over 830 keys to try to unlock a door for one of the gifts. There will be a lollypop tree and a Tug of War game and a bounce house and much more.

The luminary walk in memory of those who battled cancer before dying, and in honor of those still fighting will be held at 9:30 p.m.

A program featuring cancer survivors with guest speaker Dawn Smith will precede the survivor’s lap, a tribute to all cancer survivors. Following that lap, the congregation of St. Mark’s Church will serve a special meal to all survivors and their guests.

There is still time to get involved with Hope Walk of Yates County.

For more information, contact them by email at hopewalkofyatescounty@gmail.com, by phone at 607-283-HOPE (4673), or find the Hope Walk on Facebook at www.facebook.com/hopewalkofyatescounty.