BLACKFOOT — Thousands of ping pong balls will drop from an airplane Saturday—many marked for prizes—to raise money for Bingham County Relay for Life.
At 4:30 p.m. Saturday, 3,500 balls will drop from an airplane flying over the Blackfoot High School football field. Gates will open at 4 p.m. and admission is a minimum $2 donation per person. All proceeds benefit Relay for Life.
The event is organized by the Idaho Central Credit Union Relay for Life team.
"We were trying to come up with a unique fundraiser," Team Captain Jessie Hopkins said. "I thought it sounded really fun."
Hopkins said they have received numerous donations of prizes including gift certificates, cash, candy and golf passes.
"We have tons of different prizes," Hopkins said.
And while she hopes the event is fun for all those in attendance, she said their goal is to raise money to fund cancer research through the American Cancer Society.
"I hope everyone comes and enjoys it," Hopkins said. "We are trying to raise as much money as we possibly can. It's for a great cause."
Another major Relay for Life Fundraiser is also Saturday. The annual Relay for Life rummage sale will be from 8 a.m.-noon on the lawn at Bingham Memorial Hospital near the Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Various teams will be selling their goods at the sale.
Bingham County Relay for Life will be June 17-18 at the Blackfoot High School track.
For a complete list of Relay for Life events and fundraisers, visit www.relayforlife.org/blackfootid .