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Night of Hope is Aug. 2

A previous Livingston County Relay for Life is shown.

The American Cancer Society of Livingston County will host the Livingston County Night of Hope on Friday, Aug. 2.

The event is open to the community and will feature food trucks, live entertainment, youth activities, a silent auction, survivor reception, and a luminaria ceremony. The Livingston County Night of Hope will be held at the Pontiac Square to help the American Cancer Society attack cancer from every angle.

The event starts at 4:00pm and ends at 10:00pm. Local cancer survivors Linda Abels and Patrick Killian are featured as Honored Survivors at this year’s event.

The Luminaria Ceremony will take place at 9:00pm prior to closing ceremonies. Luminarias honor every life touched by cancer and can be dedicated to a loved one lost, someone currently battling, or anyone who’s overcome cancer. Luminarias will be decorated and displayed around the courthouse with names and sometimes messages to the people they’re dedicated to.

“When each Luminaria is illuminated, we share an emotional moment in remembrance of a life touched by cancer,” said Luminaria Lead Brenda Thompson. “We take a moment of silence to remember the loved ones they’re dedicated to.”

To dedicate a luminaria, participants can make a $10 donation. When you make a donation for a Luminaria it helps fund the American Cancer Society’s mission to help save lives. Luminaria can be dedicated by visiting or by sending in luminaria forms to Brenda Thompson at 304 East Washington Street, Pontiac, IL 61764.

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