Bakersfield Relay For Life kickoff event this month

Bakersfield Relay For Life kickoff event this month
Survivors and supporters alike walk for charity at the 2013 Relay For Life on the corner of Airport and Merle Haggard drives on Saturday, May 4, 2013, in Bakersfield, Calif. (Photos by David Andrew Price for BakersfieldNow.com)

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — Bakersfield Relay For Life is holding a kickoff event this month for the main event in May.

The kickoff celebration is scheduled for 10 a.m. Jan. 18 at Bright House Networks Amphitheater at The Park at River Walk. The featured speaker will be David Veneziano, CEO of the American Cancer Society California Division.

The relay is scheduled for May 3 and 4 at Wingspoint, at the corner of Merle Haggard and Airport drives.

Last year's relay, featuring more than 370 registered teams, raised almost $1.7 million, according to organizers.