Folding the luminaria bags for the upcoming Bay Area Relay for Life are members of Sterling PALs and Life Skills. From bottom left and going around the table are Justin Guitierrez. Ramon Galvez, Cameron Torres, Chris Brown, Charlie Frazier, Gabriel Torrez, Natalie Rios, Alexis Zamora, Tierra LaBeaux and Mellia Messer. The Bay Area Relay will start at 6 p.m. April 5 at Houston Raceway Park powered by Pennzoil, Anyone interested in participating can still register themselves or a team online at or by calling 800-227-2345. 

The Bay Area Relay For Life is a fun-filled evening complete with music, food and unity. 

But when the sun goes down, luminarias light up the track at Houston Raceway Park powered by Pennzoil in honor of loved ones lost, those who are still fighting, and those who have won and are now cancer free. 

Each year, thousands of candlelit luminarias glow during this Ceremony of Light, which would not be possible without the help from the Ross. S. Sterling Peer Assistance and Leadership program (PALs). 

“The PALs, with help from other organizations at Sterling such as LeadWorthy and Life Skills classes, make sure the thousands of luminaria bags are prepared and ready to have the names placed on them by community volunteers,” Kimberly Dillard, Bay Area Relay chair, said. “Then bright and early on the day of the event, Sterling PALs are at Houston Raceway Park to place the luminarias around the track, readying them for the Ceremony of Light.” 

“This occurs at 9 p.m., when the thousands of luminarias are lit, symbolizing the hope and perseverance everyone faces in this battle,” she added. 

So far Bay Area Relay For Life has raised about $9,000 in just luminaria sales with close to 900 bags purchased. 

It’s not too late to honor a friend or loved one with a luminaria, which can be purchased online at

Individuals can purchase a white bag for $10 until Friday. After that date, the price goes up to $15. 

Pink can also be purchased, and range from $25 to $49, fuchsia bags are between $50 to $99 and purple bags are $100 and up. 

Those attending Relay can also purchase a luminaria and can also personalize it the day of the event. 

Dillard said this year’s event would also feature a Luminary Garden where hand decorated and personalized bags would be placed. 

The Bay Area Relay will start at 6 p.m., April 5 at Houston Raceway Park powered by Pennzoil, 2525 FM 565.   

With less than 10 days until Relay night, the Bay Area has raised over $204,000 on its way to its $450,000 goal. 

Anyone interested in participating in this year’s Relay can still register themselves or a team online at or by calling 800-227-2345. 

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