The eighth annual Relay For Life of Shepaug Valley will kick off with the opening ceremony May 21 at 6 p.m. in Washington.

The overnight fundraiser for the American Cancer Society will be held at River Walk Park off School Street.

Roxbury's Asia Russell, a junior at Shepaug Valley High School in Washington, will serve as honorary chairwoman. Whitney Ryan of Washington will serve as chairman.

Festivities will include an opening ceremony at 6 p.m. and a luminaria ceremony at dusk, followed by a silent lap.

Survivors and their caregivers may attend a complimentary survivor reception at 5 p.m.

To RSVP to the reception, email

To purchase a luminaria for $10, call Cheryl Pinkos at 860-355-5889.

For more information, to form a team or to become a committee member, call Tricia Reilly at 860-354-3899 or email

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