Upcoming benefit events

POTEAU RELAY FOR LIFEAll cancer survivors are invited to take part as special guests in the opening ceremonies of the LeFlore County Relay for Life on Sept. 7 at Costner Stadium.Survivors and their caregivers are ask to arrive around 5:30 p.m. and register in the survivors are for refreshments and fellowship, organizers said.They also are invited to take part in the commemorative survivor lap that begins every Relay for Life.Teams of fundraisers remain through the night, with at least one member walking the track. The top fundraisers are recognized.Live music and other entertainment is provided during the event.At dusk, luminaria candles in white bags ling the track are illuminated to pay tribute to those lost to cancer and to honor those still fighting.Luminaria may be order for $5 each from Renee Meisenheimer, 111 Peters St., PoteauPoteau, OK 74953. Checks should be made payable to the American Cancer Society.Include your name, address and phone number and the name of the survivor or the person whose memory you want to honor with the luminaria.BENEFIT BINGOWister Pride will hold a fundraising bingo night at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, in the school auditorium.Proceeds will go toward new playground equipment for the town park.Cost will be 50 cents per card and $1 for blackout.Prizes and barbecue sandwiches will be part of the fun. RED OAK RELAY FOR LIFE DINNERBean and Stew supper to benefit Latimer County Relay for Life, The Red Oak Masonic Lodge and Red Oak 4-H will sponsor a bean and stew dinner from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday,  Sept. 8, at the Red Oak School Cafeteria. Proceeds will go to the Latimer County American Cancer Society Relay for Life.BENEFIT RUNThe fourth annual Ricky D. Hill Memorial Bug Run will leave at 9:15 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7.Sponsored by Corgill's Motorsports and BMAD, the run has riders and drivers place a dot on any light on their vehicle and run the course. The person with the most bugs on the sticker at the end of the course wins.All types of vehicles may enter as long as they can maintain highway speeds on the course through Heavener and Wister and back to Corgill's.The winners receives 25 percent of the pot and the rest will go to help LeFlore County residents in crisis.Cost is $10 per driver and $5 per passenger and includes food and drink. Sign in starts at 8:30 p.m.For more information contact Harold "Lucky" Magee, (918) 839-6412.BLOOD DRIVEHealthy, Talihina-area residents, age 16 and older*, are encouraged by Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI) to donate blood, Aug. 29-30. Area hospitals, including Choctaw Nation Health Care Center, rely exclusively on OBI donors to meet their patients’ needs.Thursday, Aug. 29• Kiamichi Technology Center, 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30• Talihina Community Blood Drive to benefit Brinn Twaddle, 1:30 to 5:45 p.m., at Alco, 818 Dallas St. For each donor, Twaddle’s family will receive credit for fees associated with his blood transfusion. Along with free health screenings and Donor Rewards points to redeem at OBI’s online store, each donor will also receive a free T-shirt. “With even the most common blood types, we routinely operate with only a three-day supply,” said John Armitage, M.D., Oklahoma Blood Institute president and chief executive. “We wouldn’t feel comfortable doing that with vaccines, sutures or for other medical needs. And we shouldn’t with blood. That’s why regular donation by those who can is so important.”  Donations take about an hour and can be made every 56 days. OBI provides every drop of blood needed by patients in 144 state medical facilities. Appointments are not required but can be made by calling Chelsea at 918-471-9268 or visiting www.obi.org. * 16 year olds must weigh at least 125 and provide signed parental permission; 17 year olds must weigh at least 125 pounds; 18+ year olds must weigh at least 110 pounds.