On Saturday, April 22, Relay for Life’s Team Bookwork held it’s growing “Create for Life” event, which took place in the McCreary Center in Perry. The event began at 9 a.m., carrying on until 9 p.m., with proceeds going towards the American Cancer Society.

“You go there with a mindset that you’ll accomplish something,” Marlene Johnson, Team Bookworm Member said.

Each person received approximately eight feet of work space to create, accommodating those with multiple projects to work on.

“It’s really nice; we’ve had a lot of good response,” Team Bookworm Member, Kathy Miller said. “We’re just keeping busy.”

Prior to entry, participants paid $40 registration fee or $30 for previous cancer survivors. Registration fee included work space for the event, along with a baked potato bar for lunch and Casey’s pizza for dinner.

This year’s crowd rose to a total registry of thirty-six, including fifteen new guests and four vendors.

“I can’t remember if we had thirty the last time, but we thought it was an excellent number,” Johnson said. “If you have new people then hopefully they share with someone.”

Participants were encouraged to bring their crafting supplies with the opportunity to pick their work space. Tables were set a close proximity of one another to both inspire projects and create socialization amongst crafters.

“If you didn’t know someone, we just did our best to put them with a group that would work for them,” Johnson said. “Everyone likes to socialize and I think the way she had it set up was good.”

Along with the ability to work on personal projects, four vendors including Stampin’ Up, Massage Therapist Jeanette Loyd, Thirty-One Bags, and Close to My Heart set up booths for crafters. Each vendor also gave away two $10 gift cards.

Loyd has been successful with massages for the events in the past, Johnson comments.

A massage chair was set up for $1.00 a minute, allowing crafters to take a break from sitting in the same position or work out tired hands.

Door prizes were given away throughout the day, including a large prize of free entry for the next Create for Life event, tentatively set for Saturday, Oct. 14 at the McCreary Center.

Not everyone crafts for the whole time, but time tends to fly by fast, Johnson said.

Team Bookworm was happy with the outcome of the event.

“After expenses, it (funds) will be right around $1,000,” Miller said about the event. “I’ve already turned in $976.00”

Create for Life is an event put on by Team Bookworm as a duo-fundraiser for Relay for Life occurring during the springtime and the fall. The event is open to the public and all ages are welcome to attend the next fundraiser.