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June 2, 2013

Relay for Life, antique car show fill Oval June 7

— CHICKASHA -- Two local events guaranteed to entertain local visitors – the annual Relay For Life and a vintage car show – are scheduled to intersect on June 7 on the Oval at the University of Science and Arts.

The Oklahoma City chapter of the Horseless Carriage Club of America (HCCA) is slated to arrive on campus around 2 p.m., bringing twenty vehicles manufactured before 1916 for public viewing.

Visitors will be encouraged to vote on their favorite car and the winner of the most votes will receive a special trophy.

Susie Ersland, co-organizer of the annual Pre-War Swap Meet and HCCA participant, is excited to share the experience of viewing the cars with the people of Chickasha.

“Members of the club are a mainstay at our swap meets but if someone doesn’t have a specific interest in historical memorabilia, they may never get to see these magnificent machines,” Ersland said. “By displaying them at the university and elsewhere, we hope to be showing them off to whole new audiences.”

The campus visit is part of a larger tour that will see club members from Oklahoma, Texas, Arizona and Kansas traversing a portion of the historical Ozark Trails highway than runs from Hobart to Anadarko.

Vehicles expected to be on display for the show include Ramblers, Whites, Cadillacs, Reos, Buicks, Studebakers and the more commonly known Model T.

Beginning at 7 p.m. that same evening, Chickasha’s Relay for Life will kick off its opening ceremony as participants walk USAO’s oval for twelve hours to raise money for cancer patients and survivors.

This year’s relay is expected to draw twenty teams and will feature music, games and team-built campsites based on the theme of “Dream Big. Hope Big. Relay Big.”

Eileen Thomas, administrative assistant for USAO’s education and speech language pathology department, has participated in the relay for several years. She said that the Relay for Life is the ideal vehicle to promote fundraising for the American Cancer Society.

“The relay is all about supporting people coping with the difficulties of cancer treatment and celebrating survivors,” Thomas said. “It’s humbling to realize how many people have been affected by cancer but, when you see how many people come out the other end, it also inspires hope and that’s something everyone needs.”

Each team member is responsible for raising money prior to the relay and all donations remain in the community to help people on a local level.

“The American Cancer Society does so much that may otherwise go unnoticed,” Thomas said. “They understand cancer makes an impact that goes beyond the patient and offer gift cards and other services to care-givers that makes the journey more bearable for everyone involved.”

More information about the American Cancer Society and Relay for Life can be obtained by visiting the organization online at

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