After being crowned Miss Sampson County Relay For Life in 2016, Rachel West did not waste time helping victims fight cancer.
The Hobbton High School senior plans to continue her efforts Saturday by hosting a variety show. It is scheduled for 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, at the school, located at 12201 Hobbton Hwy., Newton Grove. Tickets are $8 in advance or $10 at the door. Tickets may be purchased before the event at the school. All proceeds will go toward the American Cancer Society. Rachel is raising money for her Relay For Life team.
“I always loved music so I felt that this would be perfect for me to do and get the community involved,” Rachel said.
For Rachel, hosting the event and being crowned is a humbling experience because of the support she’s received. She wanted to do her part by helping the organization. Angela Burns, community manger for Relay For Life, is one of many supporters applauding her efforts to help the organization.
“She worked really hard and I know she’s going to have a full house,” Burns said. “It’s another way for us to get the word out and to help us fight cancer.”
Sampson County’s Relay For life is scheduled for Saturday, May 20, at Clinton High School. The annual event is the signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, where team members walk around a track or path to show support. In June 2016, more than 150 cancer survivors participated and were joined by their family. More than $100,000 was raised.
The May 20 event will include a yard sale scheduled from 8 a.m. to noon. There will be a $20 fee for people selling items. Next, the opening ceremony is scheduled for 2 p.m. and the relay will continue until 10 p.m. Sampson’s Relay For Life was moved up for weather purposes, with hopes of having lower temperatures and a higher turnout.
During the Saturday variety show, audience members will be able to enjoy different performances from youths all over the county.
“They can expect to be entertained and have a good time,” Rachel said about the audience. “We have a little bit of everything. It can be enjoyed by people of all ages.”
A raffle will also be held for a gift basket. Tickets are $1. It will be Rachel’s first time hosting a variety show featuring singers, musicians and dancers. Rachel was crowned Miss Sampson County Relay for Life during a pageant in June. At Hobbton High, she is a member of the Bible and Beta Clubs. When she’s not attending school, she enjoys being involved with Oak Grove Free Will Baptist Church, singing at different events and being a member of a leadership program through the University of Mount Olive.
Her mother, Rhonda West, is proud of her accomplishments and her strength when it comes to her faith.
“As a mother, I’m proud that she’s following her Christian values,” Rhonda said. “That’s very hard to do in these days and times. I’m just proud of everything she tries to do to better herself.”
After graduation, Rachel plans to study psychology and religion at Liberty University, located in Lynchburg, Va. She wants to be a Christian-based counselor for young people.
For more information about the variety show or to purchase tickets, contact Rhonda West at 910-385-8702. Burns may be reached at 910-833-4536 or through email at [email protected]
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