With the Starke County Relay for Life January kickoff quickly approaching, teams are prepping fundraisers to raise community awareness and money for the American Cancer Society. This year’s Relay theme is “Colors of Cancer,” and Demotte State Bank has chosen the color yellow to represent Sarcoma, and their first fundraiser, according to Team Captain Candice Miller, is sure to be frightfully fun: the team is sponsoring two days of the three-day Haunted Cornmaze attraction in Knox with the help of Sonya and Melvin Fisher.
“They are going to be definitely scared, no matter what age. You will have fun, you will laugh, you will scream, and you will have a blast. They have tricks in every corner, and you will probably be running out of it as I did the last two years that I’ve went,” said Miller.
Miller said she has been on the Demotte State Bank team for about seven years, but this is her first year as team captain and the Haunted Cornmaze will be their first fundraiser this year. The event is held on the Fisher’s property at 1202 East 200 South in Knox. The event will take place Oct. 26–28 from 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. CT, though on Oct. 28, the event will close one hour early.
Miller explained that her team had asked the Fishers to allow them to sponsor the event for one night, but they were generous enough to let them sponsor it for two. On Oct. 26 and 28, Starke County Relay for Life will receive $1 of each redeemed ticket. The cost of entry to the Haunted Cornmaze is $5 a person.
Last year, Demotte’s team started late and was unable to hold as many fundraisers as they would have liked. So, this year, Miller said they plan to make up for lost time. She said a number of fundraisers are in the works, including a Miss Relay Pageant, a Give Back Night at Mexico Lindo in Knox, and various other in-house fundraisers. These events are all in the preliminary planning stages, however, and they are not yet sure of the dates.