Block party planned in Relay’s stead
Although the American Cancer Society Relay for Life has left Eudora for at least a year, Marilyn Laws Porter has taken steps to ensure the spirit behind it doesn't die.
Instead of walking, this year she hopes the town might get to rocking.
She approached the Eudora City Council at its April 10 meeting to get its approval to close off a portion Main Street June 3 for what she hoped will be a citywide block party.
"What we are asking is permission to have a block party to benefit the Relay," Laws Porter said. "Since we're not doing the Relay this year, we didn't want to leave the community with nothing."
Eudora citizens will still be participating in the Relay, but because of problems in finding organizers for this year's event they will be joining Baldwin on the evening of June 16 into the morning of June 17.
"That's where we started the Relay," Laws Porter said.
Proceeds from the block party could be used to send to the Baldwin event, but the party would have a value for local cancer survivors, too, Laws Porter said.
"Since we're doing that, we thought if we're not just raising money from the community to take our teams down there, we'd like to do something for the whole community and the survivors, and just not leave them without anything," Laws Porter said.
Laws Porter said Cutter's Smokehouse was already on board to help out with the event, and she hoped other downtown shops would join the effort.
"Anyone else on Main Street that would like to participate, we would certainly be welcome to that," she said.
As to what the block party might consist of, Laws Porter had several ideas.
"We'll have food, music and hopefully games for the kids," she said.
She specifically asked for the areas between Seventh and Eighth streets to be closed off from 5 to 10 p.m.
"It's all in the works right now and we're still trying to plan, but we need your permission first," Laws Porter said to the council.
With the city council's permission, the street closing would need the OK of the county commission to be come official.
"They're ready to send it to the the county as long as we approve it first, and then I would report to (the commission) and then I would get on the agenda," Eudora City Administrator Cheryl Beatty said.
Councilman Bill Whitten made the motion that the council grant Laws Porter's request so it could be sent to the county commission to be finalized.
With Councilman Scott Hopson seconding it, the motion passed unanimously.
"I say yes," Hopson said.