Relay For Life of the Northwoods will host its annual fundraiser this Saturday, May 18, from 3 to 7 p.m. at its new location — the World Championship Snowmobile Derby Complex and Expo Center in Eagle River.

“We’ve kept the best of Relay and added some great new features,” said organizer Joy Turpin. “Join us as we celebrate life and embrace hope.”

The theme for the event is “Be the Light.”

This year’s fundraising goal is $42,000, which goes to the American Cancer Society in order to save lives by funding cancer research, supporting education and risk-reduction efforts, and providing free information and critical services to people with cancer who need them. The final day for donations is May 18. So far, $15,571 has been raised.

New this year, the venue is offering a fully staffed bar in the Expo Center along with new food choices including pizza by the slice for sale.

Attendees are invited to shop at the new indoor Artisan Market, which will take place throughout the event. The market will feature vendors selling goods such as handmade fairies and leggings by Kathy Hicks, essential oils from Lisa Myszka, Pampered Chef items from Sharon Favorite, maple syrup from Kitty Sookochoff and food items from Hillbilly Hollows.

Live music by Parker Siems will take place as well during the entire event.

From 3 to 4 p.m., volunteers will be on hand to help everyone check in and register their teams for the walk. Guests can then walk, run or ride a golf cart, courtesy of Eagle River Golf Course,  around the world-famous Championship Derby Track (conditions permitting).

Silent auction bids also will start at 3 and go until 5:40 p.m.

An opening ceremony will kick off at 4 p.m. with Master of Ceremonies Steve Silber, followed by the singing of the “National Anthem” by Faith Webb and a prayer by Pastor Peter Kufahl.

A “Be the Light!” glow-stick light show will take place before this year’s honorary survivor and caregiver, Kris and Don Secord, are welcomed. Kris was diagnosed with breast cancer summer 2016 after a routine mammogram. After undergoing radiation treatments, Kris is now cancer-free.

The lighting of the Hope Candle will then precede the Survivor’s Lap with caregivers and loved ones. Wheelchairs will be available for those unable to walk the lap.

A Parade of Teams will be held, followed by the Survivors and Caregivers Reception.

Winners for the silent auction will be announced at 6 p.m. and the Pathway to Luminaria Ceremony, with an invocation by Pastor Dale Bishop, will begin at 6:15 p.m. Sales and decoration of luminaries will be offered throughout the event.

In addition to the scheduled activities, participants will have many things to keep them entertained. A children’s bounce house, provided by the Veterans Center in Eagle River, will provide activities for youths while adults can take part in hot wax hand treatments by Team Thrifty Saints, Yoga With Jan, or learn about the Don Gillum Memorial Bike/Hike for the Great Headwaters Trails.

Food offerings during the evening will include hamburgers, brats and hot dogs from the Veterans Center; a potato bar hosted by Team UCC-United Caring Characters, along with the sale of cheese and cracker snack packs; Butch’s Pizza by the slice and a dessert contest put on by team Northland Pines SOAR.

“Come honor and remember your loved ones challenged by cancer, celebrate survivorship, applaud caregiving and be part of the support group that is Relay For Life of the Northwoods,” said Turpin.

Relay For Life is the world’s largest fundraising event to fight cancer, with 4 million participants in 6,000 events worldwide in 2015.

For more information on the event or to make a donation, visit relayfor­­­woodswi.